INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler won their final tune-up of the season at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday when they defeated the DePauw Tigers 93-68.
The Bulldogs were led once again by sophomore guard Kellen Dunham who finished the game, with what would have been a regular season career high, 23 points. He shot 7/11 from the field including 3/5 on 3-pointers. He was also 6/6 on FTs.
Butler and DePauw went back and forth for two thirds of the first half. The Tigers were getting open looks and a lack of defensive intensity allowed DePauw to gain confidence. With just over 7 minutes remaining in the 1st half, Butler led just 23-21.
The Bulldogs then began to pull away slightly towards the end of the half. Freshman guard Elijah Brown, who finished the game with 18 points, helped Dunham and the Bulldogs gain a 42-33 lead going into halftime.
In the 2nd half it was more of the same from Butler. The Bulldogs quickly gained momentum and grabbed a 16 points, 53-37 with just 3:12 off of the clock.
Later in the half Brown scored 8 straight points for Butler, including a 4-point play, to break open the lead to 25 points.
Butler would go up by as many as 27 points in the 2nd half.
The large lead in the 2nd half allowed the Bulldogs to get a lot playing time in for the younger players including all of the freshman walk-ons for the 2nd straight game.
Senior Erik Fromm was the only other player in double figures for Butler. He had another solid game with 11 points, including 7/10 from the free-throw line. He also had 6 points.
DePauw was led by Pat Haggin and Adam Botts, who both finished with 17 points. Tommy Fernitz scored 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds for the Tigers.
The Bulldogs also received solid player from the other starters including Alex Barlow who chipped in 9 points, Khyle Marshall had 8 points, and Kameron Woods scored 6 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and had 2 blocks.
Butler will begin the regular season against Lamar next Saturday, November 9th at 8PM EST, at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
It was over when... - Butler used a 14-4 run beginning at the end of the 1st half, and continuing into the start of the 2nd half, to break open a 16 point lead. The run was fueled, in part, by 5 points from sophomore Kellen Dunham.
Stat of the Game - 9/27 (33.3%) DePauw shot just 33.3% (9/27) from the free throw line against Butler. If the Tigers could have connected on more of their free throws the game may have been tighter than Butler would have liked down the stretch.