Dunham was extremely efficient in his 31 minutes and finished 5/7 from the field including 3/3 from 3-point range. Jones again stuffed the stat sheet. He finished with 4 rebounds 4 assists to go along with his team-high 14 points.
Interim head coach Chris Holtmann had Butler prepared as the Bulldogs led from the second minute of the game to the final whistle. Despite the big win, he still sees some areas for improvement as the season progresses.
“I think our guys came out with the appropriate approach and mindset tonight," Coach Holtmann said. "We were a little loose in some areas that we can improve on.”
The Bulldogs are off to the best start since 2008-09 when the team started 8-0 and eventually 19-1.
Butler's defense and extremely efficient offense were the keys to the game as the Bulldogs finished 22/52 (53.8%) from the field including 6/14 (42.9%) from 3-point range. They limited the Sycamores to just 18/48 (37.5%) from the field and 6/24 (25%) from 3.
“I think our guys were ready for those two guys," Holtmann said. "We have guys that can really match up with perimeter players and take it person when they get scored on. Our team defense was really solid across the board.”
Kameron Woods continues to climb in the record books for Butler. He finished with another double-double, his 2nd of the season and 11th in his career. He scored 10 points and finished with 12 rebounds, which puts him at 683 for his career ranking 10th in team history.
It was an extremely balanced attack for Butler as 6 players scored 8 or more points, including 5 in double figures. In addition to Woods, Dunham, and Jones, freshman Kelan Martin added 11 and sophomore Andrew Chrabascz had 10.
Going forward coach Holtmann looks for Butler to lean on its defense to win games.
“Our strengths are in our defensive approach, it has to be. If we are going to be good, that has to be our bread and butter.”
While Indiana State scored the first basket of the game, Butler began the game on an 11-5 run over the first 4 minutes of the game and truly dominated the Sycamores in the 1st half. The Bulldogs shot over 40% from the field and went into the break with a 37-22 lead.
In the 2nd half Indiana State shot the ball better, but couldn't overcome Butler's efficient offense as the Bulldogs led by as many as 26 points in the 2nd half.
Butler will next take on Northwestern (5-2) at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday in a nationally televised game on FOX.
It was over when...Butler used an 11-1 run to stretch its lead to 22 points with 9:23 left in the 2nd half.
NOTES: Butler out-rebounded Indiana State 39-26...The Sycamores had 16 turnovers on the night while Butler had just 11...freshman Tyler Wideman scored 5 points and grabbed 4 rebounds in 13 minutes...Alex Barlow finished with 8 points, 3 rebounds 4 assists, and 3 steals...Brothers Austin (3 points) and Alex Etherington (5 points) faced off...freshman Jackson Davis once again recorded 2 rebounds in just 2 minutes of play...Indiana State shot just 12/22 (54.5%) from the FT line, Butler was 15/24 (62.5%).