INDIANAPOLIS - A barrage of 3-pointers in the second half and its trademark stifling defense gave the Butler men's basketball team a 62-40 exhibition win over Marian University on Saturday afternoon. Junior Khyle Marshall and freshman Kellen Dunham each scored 12 points to lead the Bulldogs.
"Defensively, we were OK. Once we started making more shots, obviously, we felt more comfortable," head coach Brad Stevens said. "We got good ball movement, some good action in the second half. We settled down and made some plays in the second half."
The Bulldogs shot 54.5 percent in the second half en route to outscoring the Knights 37-20. Former Butler head coach Todd Lickliter had his team within 25-20 at the half and the Knights led 14-11 with 9:31 to play in the first half. Led by Dunham and sophomore Andrew Smeathers, BU hit 8 of its 12 treys after halftime to turn the game into a rout. Smeathers ended up 3-for-4 from beyond the arc for nine points and senior Chase Stigall made a pair of treys a minute apart to put the Bulldogs ahead 36-22.
"What I liked with Andy was he had a couple of plays that were really physical and aggressive," Stevens said of the 6-6 Smeathers. "He dove on the floor after being on the ground on the other end. He really played hard. He was really good today and we can keep building off that.'
Senior guard Rotnei Clarke totaled nine points, four rebounds and three assists for the Bulldogs. Clarke, who sat out last season after transferring from Arkansas, was playing in his first collegiate game since March 10, 2011. Sophomore Kameron Woods pulled in eight rebounds and led the Bulldogs with four assists.
Marian was led by Jason Riley with 16 points. Only four players scored for MU, an NAIA school located just a few miles west of Butler. Marian had a 20-11 record and made the round of 16 in the NAIA basketball tournament.
Butler has one more exhibition remaining, against University of Indianapolis Saturday, Nov. 3 at Hinkle Fieldhouse.