INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - InsideTheDawgPound takes a look at how the Bulldogs faired in their 2nd win of the season over Princeton 70-67.
What a difference a week makes.
Over the course of the first two games for Butler it has been a tale of two different games. In the 1st game the front court carried the torch on offense for the Bulldogs with a combined 40 points. In the win over Princeton, Butler was carried by career-high performances from guards Kellen Dunham and Elijah Brown.
Dunham finished with 26 points on 7/14 from the field including 4/8 on 3-point attempts. He was also 8/11 from the charity stripe. Brown added his 13 points on 4/10 from the field including 3/7 from distance.
The size for Princeton caused foul trouble for Erik Fromm, who eventually fouled out in the 2nd half. Fromm finished with 10 points and junior Kameron Woods added his fifth double-double of his career with 11 points and 10 rebounds.
The leading scorer from game number one against Lamar, Khyle Marshall, was held to just 4 points in 32 minutes on 2/4 shooting. Marshall couldn't get things going against the bigger Tigers front line and had just one offensive rebound.
Butler shot 21/50 (42%) from the floor including 9/24 (37.5%) from 3-point range. They added 19/26 (73.1%) from the free-throw line. The Bulldogs also had just 5 offensive rebounds and 10 turnovers.
There were a few lulls in the Butler offense once again. This allowed for Princeton to battle their way back into the game and create the drama at the end. However, Butler was able to escape with the win.
Defensively the Bulldogs played well, but were not dominant. Princeton shot 18/39 (46.2%) from the field and 8/20 (40%) from 3-point range.
Princeton's front court scored a combined 55 points and 18 rebounds between Denton Koon, Will Barrett, Spencer Weisz, and Hans Brase. The Bulldogs were out-rebounded by the Tigers 33-30, but did hold Princeton to just 4 offensive rebounds.
Butler had foul difficulty all night and eventually put Princeton into the bonus in the 2nd half, which allowed the Tigers to fight back. While there were some questionable calls made by the officials, the Bulldogs need to be smarter on defense and adapt to the new rules. Butler committed 27 fouls on the night and Erik Fromm fouled out in the 2nd half.
The overall grade is the same as the 1st. Butler didn't play a complete game against Princeton, but did show improvement on the offensive end. The perimeter shooting was impressive, but the front court couldn't make the impact that they did in the season opening win against Lamar. The droughts on offense allowed Princeton to stay in the game. Also the Bulldogs need to adapt to the defensive rule changes and not allow the opponent to draw so many fouls. Butler committed 27 fouls on the night, including the 16 fouls in the 2nd half.