MUNCIE (IN) - Butler came into Muncie with two objectives - gain experience on the road and stay unbeaten
Butler stormed back in the 2nd half to defeat Ball State (2-2) 59-58 earning their first win on the road and remaining unbeaten.
The Bulldogs trailed for the first time this season at the half, and by as many as 11 in the 2nd half, but used a 20-4 run during the 2nd half to grab the lead.
The run in the middle of the 2nd half was fueled by freshman Elijah Brown, who scored a career-high tying 13 points on 5/9 from the field (1/2 3PT). He also had 2 assists and a rebound.
Marshall, coming off of his career high against Vanderbilt, scored a team-high 14 points and grabbed 9 rebounds. Woods continued his excellent play by grabbing his sixth career double-double and second of the season. Woods scored 12 points and grabbed 10 rebounds.
Butler sprinted into the lead in the 2nd half during their lopsided run and with 3:37 left, Butler had a 57-51 lead.
Ball State continued to fight and cut the lead to just one at 59-58 with just over a minute remaining.
After trading empty possessions, Marshall missed two free-throws with 12 seconds left. Ball State had the ball and a chance to win the game.
Butler forced freshman guard Zavier Turner into a difficult driving shot and a scramble for the ball ensued. Butler came up with the rebound and the win.
Butler started the game hot from the floor. Sophomore guard Kellen Dunham hit an opening 3-pointer, then a dunk, and Butler started the game on a 9-3 run.
Dunham struggled from the floor after hitting the first two baskets of the game. He finished 2/13 from the field (1/4 3PT) and scored just 8 points while grabbing 3 rebounds and handing out 3 assists.
Ball State responded on the back of their outside shooting and physical play down low from Majok Majok. The Cardinals ended the 1st half on a 7-0 run and took a 30-32 lead into the break.
Freshman guard Zavier Turner. Turner had been extremely efficient from the outside and that continued on Saturday. The freshman scored 8 points including 2/5 shooting from beyond the arc. He also had 4 rebounds and 3 assists.
Forward Majok Majok caused all kinds of problems for Butler on defense. He finished with 15 points on 7/11 shooting and 11 rebounds. Senior Chris Bond also finished in double figures for Ball State with 14 points and grabbed 7 rebounds.
Butler shot 22/62 (35.5%) from the floor including 3/11 (27.3%) from the 3-point line. Ball State finished 21/50 (42%) from the field including 8/20 (40%) from the 3-point line.
Despite the poor shooting, Butler won the game on the defensive end. The Bulldogs forced 17 Ball State turnovers on 10 steals, and battled on the glass losing the rebounding battle just 40-38.
Alex Barlow was key to the defensive charge finishing with 3 steals and multiple coast-to-coast layups. Barlow finished in double figures with 12 points.
Butler on the other hand had just 9 turnovers and grabbed 20 offensive rebounds.
Butler now travels to Orlando to participate in the Old Spice Classic. The Bulldogs take on Washington State (2-1) on Thanksgiving Day on ESPN2 at 2PM EST.
Notes: Butler scored just 15 points off the bench, Brown accounted for 13, while Devontae Morgan scored the other 2 points. Morgan also had 2 rebounds...Freshman Nolan Berry and Andrew Chrabascz both looked comfortable on the floor against the Cardinals. Chrabascz saw more minutes and grabbed 6 rebounds, but Berry looked the most comfortable he has all season...Kameron Woods tied Khyle Marshall and Roosevelt Jones for the active lead in double-doubles at 6...Butler limited Ball State's 2nd leading scorer Jesse Berry (17 ppg) to just 7 points on 2/7 FGs...Brandon Miller improved to 4-0 as Butler head coach...Attendance was 6,015.
It was over when...Zavier Turner missed a running layup attempted and Kameron Woods wound up with the rebound. Butler missed two free-throws with 12 seconds left and put the game in the hands of their defense. They were able to get the stop and the win.
Stat of the Game: - 20
Butler grabbed 20 offensive rebounds on the game including 6 from freshman Andrew Chrabascz and Khyle Marshall. Kameron Woods added 4 offensive rebounds and 2 from Erik Fromm. The Bulldogs had a poor effort from the floor and needed the offensive rebounding effort to stay in the game.