INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Despite allowing Belmont to make 10 3-pointers, Butler used dominance on the offensive glass and second chance opportunities to defeat the Bruins 67-56.
Butler dominated Belmont on the offensive glass 15-7 and outscored them on 2nd chance points 19-6, which helped the Bulldogs overcome Belmont's outside shooting.
Butler was led by redshirt junior Roosevelt Jones who scored 20 points on 8/12 shooting. He also had 7 rebounds, 3 assists, and one steal.
Kellen Dunham also had a lot of success against the Bruins. He added 15 points (5/11 FG) including 4/6 shooting from 3-point range. He also finished with 5 rebounds and 2 steals.
Belmont started the game extremely hot from the outside and led Butler 27-16 with 8 minutes remaining in the 1st half. The Bulldogs then responded with a 16-4 run to grab at 32-31 lead.
The teams exchanged blows in the remaining 4 minutes of the first half and Butler led 39-38 at the break.
Both teams struggled to stop each other in the 1st half. Belmont shot 53.6% from the field, while Butler shot 51%.
It was a completely different story in the 2nd half. Butler held Belmont to 26.9% shooting from the field and just 18 points, while shooting 42.9% from the field and scoring 28.
The Bulldogs went on a decisive 15-3 run to break open a double-digit lead against the Bruins. The run was sparked by 3-pointers from Alex Barlow and Kellen Dunham, while Tyler Wideman scored 5 of his 7 points on the night.
Wideman had his best game of the season against Belmont. He finished with 7 points and a career-high 9 rebounds.
Belmont's leading scorer Craig Bradshaw, who was averaging over 20 points per game this season, finished with a team-high 11 points on 3/9 shooting from the field.
Evan Bradds added 10 points for the Bruins.
Butler finishes non-conference play at 10-3 under interim head coach Chris Holtmann. The Bulldogs will have a challenge this week as they face two nationally ranked opponents in #7 Villanova and #17 St. John's at the beginning of Big East play.
It was over when...Kameron Woods slammed down a break away dunk with 40 seconds left to put an exclamation point on the victory for Butler.
NOTES: Butler out-rebounded Belmont 38-21...Both teams finished with 15 turnovers...Butler was just 12/21 (57.1%) from the FT line, while Belmont finished 4/6 (66.7%)...Kameron Woods finished with 8 points and 5 rebounds. He now sits in 6th place on the all-time rebounding list...Andrew Chrabascz finished with 8 points and 4 rebounds...Kelan Martin added 4 points on 2/7 shooting off the bench for Butler...Butler finished 5/16 (31.2%) from 3-point range.