Recap: Butler Beats Purdue in Crossroads

Butler (8-2) defeated Purdue (8-3) for the 2nd time in the Crossroads Classic and stayed unbeaten in the event, 3-0 all-time.

INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (8-2) used 25 points from Kellen Dunham to defeat Purdue (8-3) 76-70 on Saturday to stay unbeaten at the Crossroads Classic.

Dunham was 8/16 shooting from the field including 2/4 from three. He also connected on 7/10 from the free throw line. At times the sophomore guard was unstoppable.

Senior Khyle Marshall scored 18 points on 8/14 shooting, while grabbing 9 rebounds. Fellow senior Erik Fromm scored 14 points.

Purdue's downfall was sloppy play and frustration. The Boilermakers turned the ball over 18 times leading to 25 Butler points.

Purdue started quickly and jumped out to a 14-7 lead. Terone Johnson, who led the Boilermakers with 20 points on 8/14 shooting, sparked the run with 9 quick points.

The Bulldogs battled back and behind Dunham and eventually took the lead 20-19 with 8 minutes remaining in the first half.

The teams traded blows as the half went on and Butler led 36-33 at halftime.

In the 2nd half, Purdue tried to run away from Butler again. The Boilermakers jumped out to another lead, 43-37, but the Bulldogs were up to a challenge again.

Butler stormed back into the lead during a 21-4 run and led 69-53 with 2:25 left in the game.

Purdue began to press and Butler turned the ball over multiple times, which caused the Boilermakers to cut the lead to just 4 points with 20 seconds remaining, but Elijah Brown hit two free throws with 15 seconds remaining to put the game out of reach.

Outside of Johnson, Purdue didn't get much else offensively. Talented sophomore center A.J. Hammons was limited to just 17 minutes due to foul trouble. He scored 10 points and had 3 rebounds. Bryson Scott scored 13 points, while Ronnie Johnson had just 5 points on 1/7 shooting.

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 Boilermakers shot 28/63 (44.4%) from the field, including 4/14 (28.6%) from three. Purdue was 10/15 (66.7%) from the free throw line.

Freshman Elijah Brown scored all of Butler's points off of the bench. He scored 9 points and grabbed 2 rebounds.

NOTES: Purdue outscored Butler 34-9 in bench points...Kameron Woods scored 5 points and grabbed 8 rebounds...Purdue scored 20 points on the fast break, while Butler scored just 6...Alex Barlow fouled out once again. The junoir guard scored 5 points and had 4 assists...Attendance was 18,165

It was over when...Erik Fromm hit a three with 2:43 left in the game. That long-ball put Butler up 15 points and gave the Bulldogs enough cushion, despite a small collapse, to put away the Boilermakers.

Stat of the Game: 18. Number of Purdue turnovers, which led to 25 points for Butler. The frustration and lack of cohesiveness of Purdue was evident all night.


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