Butler Dominates DePaul

Butler (13-16, 3-14) dominated a Big East opponent for the first time on Thursday night, defeating DePaul (11-20, 3-15) 79-46.

CHICAGO (IL) - Butler (13-16, 3-14) had a dominant first half against DePaul and went on to win 79-46.

Poor Blue Demon shooting and solid defense from Butler was a key factor in the Bulldogs big win. DePaul shot just 17/52 (32.7%) from the field including 1/18 (5.6%) from three.

The Bulldogs outscored DePaul (11-20, 3-15) 38-18 in the 1st half led by Alex Barlow and Khyle Marshall. Barlow finished with a career-high 19 points, while Marshall added 18 points and 4 rebounds.

Sophomore Kellen Dunham, who leads the team in scoring at nearly 17 points per game, scored just 6 points (2/12 FG), but collected a career-high 9 rebounds.

Butler shot 29/63 (46%) from the field including 8/27 (29.6%) from three.

Not only did the Bulldogs dominate shooting the basketball, they also locked down the backboards. Butler outrebounded DePaul 46-29 including 16-6 on the offensive glass. Those 16 offensive rebounds led to a 25-5 advantage on second chance points.

DePaul was led by Brandon Young with 24 points on 8/20 shooting from the field. He also connected on 8/10 free throws.

Billy Garrett Jr. was the only other Blue Demon starter to score, adding 12 points.

It was lopsided very quickly during the first half. The Bulldogs jumped out to a 15-2 lead and never looked back.

Butler ended the half on a 12-6 run and went into the break leading 38-18.

It was more of the same for the Bulldogs in the 2nd half. Butler used a 10-0 run to begin the 2nd half and quickly expanded its lead to as many as 34 points during the 2nd stanza.

Eleven Bulldogs scored on the night including 24 points off the bench led by freshman Elijah Brown and Nolan Berry. Brown finished with 7 points and 5 rebounds, while Berry added 6 points and 5 rebounds.

NOTES: Andrew Chrabascz finished with 8 points, 4 rebounds, and 3 assists...Kameron Woods had just 4 points, but 6 rebounds in 26 minutes...Walk-on freshman Michael Volovic and Steven Bennett each hit a three in the closing minutes of the game...Attendance was 6,206.

It was over when...Butler went on a 15-2 run to start the 2nd half and extended its lead to 53-20 with 16:16 left in the game.

Stat of the Game: 5.6% - DePaul's three point percentage shooting 1/18 from distance.


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