INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (10-2) defeated NJIT 66-48 in their final non-conference game of the regular season. InsideTheDawgPound hands out GameDay Grades.
Butler shot 25/51 (49%) from the field including 3/13 (23.1%) from three.
Khyle Marshall collected his 50th double-figure scoring performance of his career and moved up the Butler all-time scoring list. He finished with a game-high 21 points on 8/10 from the field.
While Marshall was efficient from the perimeter, he struggled, along with the rest of the team, from the free throw line. Marshall was just 5/11 on free throws and Butler converted on just 13/23 (56.5%) from the charity stripe.
Sophomore Kellen Dunham was nearly ten points short of his season average. He finished with 9 points on 3/9 shooting (1/6 3PT).
Butler outscored NJIT 14-12 off of the bench.
Rene Castro scored 10 points on 5/8 shooting (0/2 3PT). Despite the offensive output, he failed to collect any assists from the point guard slot in his 19 minutes of action.
Elijah Brown was held scoreless on 0/3 shooting.
NJIT struggled to shoot the ball all game. The Highlanders shot just 18/60 (30%) field goals including 5/21 (23.8%) from three.
Butler shut down the Highlanders' leading scorer Damon Lynn. He shot just 3/14 from the floor and finished with 11 points.
Terrence Smith and Nigel Sydnor each added 8 points.
The Bulldogs didn't force many turnovers from the overmatched Highlanders. They committed just 7 turnovers leading to only 7 Butler points.
Butler really dominated the glass. Kameron Woods led the Bulldogs with 12 rebounds while the team outrebounded NJIT 45-27.
Solid performance for Butler to limit NJIT to just 48 points. It was the first time Butler had held an opponent to under 50 points this season.
It was mainly the poor shooting of NJIT and Butler defense that dominated the game.
Butler shot the ball well early, but cooled off as the game progressed. The Bulldogs spread the ball around well, which resulted in balanced scoring and 6 Butler players having at least 6 points.
The Bulldogs will need to continue the defensive play from today as they enter the Big East. If Butler can't explode offensively, it will be their defense that keeps them in most games.