August 10, 2009

Bulldogs Roll To Big Win In Italy

Redshirt freshmen Chase Stigall and  Emerson Kampen combined to score 34 points while leading Butler to a 103-45 victory over Prima Veroli on Monday, Aug. 10, in Rome.  It was Butler’s third game on the 10-day trip to Italy and the Bulldogs’ first victory.

A nearly six and a half hour bus trip to Rome on Monday didn’t affect the Bulldogs, who were in never seriously threatened by the Italian club team.  Head coach Brad Stevens was able to play all 11 of his healthy players, and each cracked the scoring column.

Stigall and Kampen, playing in a Butler uniform for just the third time, recorded their top scoring performances of the trip.  Stigall led the way with 20 points, while Kampen chipped in with 14.  They were backed by 13 points from sophomore Garrett Butcher and 10 points each from sophomore Gordon Hayward and junior Zach Hahn.  The five players combined to out-score their Italian opponent.

Senior Willie Veasley and junior Shawn Vanzant each scored nine points, senior Avery Jukes tallied seven points, senior Nick Rodgers had five points, sophomore Shelvin Mack finished with four points and senior Alex Anglin added two points.

Juniors Matt Howard and Grant Leiendecker and sophomore Ronald Nored did not play in the game, because of injury.

Bulldog Bits:  The Bulldogs will tour Rome, including a trip to the Coliseum, on Tuesday, Aug. 11, before playing their final game against Prima Veroli on Tuesday evening.