August 8, 2013

Butler Improves To 2-0 In Australia

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA -- Forward Kameron Woods sparked a late fourth quarter surge and helped lead Butler to an 82-76 come-from-behind victory over the Sydney Kings in an exhibition game at Newington College on Thursday, Aug. 8.  The contest was the second of four games the Bulldogs will play during their tour of Australia.

Woods scored five points to spark a Butler run in the closing minutes and help lift the Bulldogs.  His basket with 1:48 remaining gave the Bulldogs a 77-75 the lead and Butler never relinquished the upper hand.  The 6-9 Butler player finished with 11 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, including seven offensive boards.  He also had three assists and two blocked shots in a strong all-around effort.

Khyle Marshall, who finished with 14 points, scored four of Butler's final five points to help seal the victory.   

"Our older guys, especially in the fourth period, just stayed with what we do," said Butler head coach Brandon Miller after the game.  "We got away from what we do early in the game on the defensive end of the floor.  We took some chances and opened up the floor, and when you do that against good teams, they make you pay."

"Down the stretch, we buckled down, stayed true to who we were, and our guys found a way to win."

The Bulldogs, who defeated the Norths Bears Invitational Team (77-65) in the opening game of their Australia tour, struggled to find their shooting range in the first half against the Kings and trailed by as many as 11 points.  A five-point flurry by Australia native Jackson Aldridge right before halftime trimmed the Kings' lead to 43-37 at intermission.

The Kings, led by the play of James Harvey and Brad Hill, maintained their advantage through the third period, before the Bulldogs responded with a strong fourth quarter effort.  Butler out-scored the Kings, 20-11, in the final period.

Eric Fromm led the Bulldogs with 18 points, while Aldridge finished with 11.  Kellen Dunham, who scored 22 points in Butler's first game in Australia, was 0-11 from beyond the three-point arc, but still managed to finish with with 10 points.

Harvey led the Kings with 20 points, while Hill added 19.

Roosevelt Jones, Butler's top returning scorer and rebounder, suffered an injury to his left wrist in the Bulldogs' opening win, and he did not play against the Sydney Kings.  His status for the rest of the trip is questionable.

The Bulldogs will continue their four-game tour with a game against the Australian National Team in Canberra on Saturday.  The national team boasts a lineup that includes a pair of San Antonio Spurs players, center Aron Baynes and guard Patty Mills.  Also on the team is former St. Mary's guard Matthew Dellavedova and former Saint Louis forward Cody Ellis.  The Boomers are preparing for the 2013 FIBA Oceania Championships.