INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (8-2) defeated Purdue (8-3) 76-70 at the Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. InsideTheDawgPound takes a look back at the win over Purdue and hands out GameDay Grades.
What more can you say about Kellen Dunham. The sophomore guard was unbelievable against Purdue. Dunham scored 25 points on 8/16 shooting from the field including 2/4 from three. He also connected on 7/10 from the free throw line. At times he was unstoppable on the offensive end.
There was limited support from the bench, but the Bulldogs didn't need it. Elijah Brown scored 9 points, which were the only contributions the Bulldogs received from the bench.
Butler shot 26/56 (46.6%) from the field including 6/14 (42.9%) from three. Butler was 18/30 (60%) from the free throw line.
The Bulldogs held onto the ball well, but at the end of the game the press from Purdue caused a few turnovers. Butler had 15 turnovers.
Purdue struggled on offense for much of the game. The Boilermakers shot 28/63 (44.4%) from the field, but the number was inflated by easy layups at the end of the game. Purdue shot just 4/14 (28.6%) from three and 10/15 (66.7%) from the free throw line.
Terone Johnson, Purdue's leading scorer, was explosive on offense, but was the Boilermakers only threat. He scored 20 points on 8/14 shooting, but committed 6 turnovers. Alex Barlow played solid defense and frustrated the senior guard all night. Johnson committed 6 turnovers.
Purdue as a team committed 18 turnovers leading to 25 Butler points.
Butler out-rebounded the Boilermakers 35-28, but did allow Purdue to have 15 offensive rebounds.
This was one of Butler's most complete performances and the Bulldogs showed a little bit of everything. Kellen Dunham was unstoppable on the offensive end, the Bulldogs battled back and overcame two big Purdue offensive runs early in each half, and the defense locked down the Boilermakers for much of the game.
Butler still needs to work on closing out games and holding on to the ball against pressure as well as hitting free throws down the stretch, but overall Butler had a solid game against Purdue.
The Bulldogs improved to 8-2 on the year and remained the only unbeaten team in the Crossroads Classic at 3-0 all-time.