INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (6-2) used a 33-6 run during the middle of the game against North Dakota (2-5) and won easily 79-64. InsideTheDawgPound takes a look back and hands out GameDay Grades.
Butler had its second best shooting performance of the season against North Dakota. The Bulldogs shot 29/56 (51.8%) from the field including 5/12 (41.7%) from three point range.
They were once against led by the duo of Kellen Dunham and Khyle Marshall. Dunham again led the Bulldogs with 29 points on 9/15 shooting from the field including 5/8 from three. Marshall hit the twenty point plateau again as well, finish with 21 points on 9/16 shooting.
No other Butler player was in double figures but the Bulldogs did hit 79 points on the night.
This still wasn't the complete performances that Butler is capable of. The Bulldogs turned the ball over a season-high 17 times and were just 16/25 (64%) from the free throw line.
Despite the deficiencies it was Butler's easiest win of the season thanks to a 33-6 run.
The bench added 14 points for Butler. Elijah Brown, Butler's 6th man, finished with just 2 points. Nolan Berry, who played a season and career-high 11 minutes led Butler with 4 points off the bench. Devontae Morgan also added 4 points.
North Dakota struggled to find its mark from the field for much of the game until it was too late.
While Butler shot the ball extremely well North Dakota didn't fare as well. They shot just 24/65 (36.9%) from the field including 5/18 (27.8%) from three.
The Butler defense forced just 7 turnovers from North Dakota and but did hold them to just 5 offensive rebounds and 11 fast break points.
Butler played solid defense and didn't put North Dakota on the line. The Bulldogs nearly made more free throws than North Dakota attempted. They shot 11/17 (64.7%) from the free throw line, while Butler shot 16/25 (64%).
While it wasn't the best performance that Butler is capable of, it was a nice display coming home from the Old Spice Classic. It didn't appear that there was any hangover at all from the 1-2 record in Orlando.
Kellen Dunham and Khyle Marshall continue to lead the Bulldogs in scoring. The duo still needs to get more help from the bench and can't be expected to produce like this every night.