Bulldogs Drop Final Game In Australia

Bulldogs Drop Final Game In Australia
Kellen Dunham

CAIRNS, AUSTRALIA -- Butler found itself with an early deficit for the second time in 24 hours, and the Bulldogs wound up dropping a 97-73 decision to the Cairns Taipans in an exhibition game on Sunday (August 11).  The game was the final of four contests on Butler's tour of Australia.

The Taipans, of the National Basketball League, used a 14-6 scoring run in the final four minutes of the first quarter to grab an early 28-18 advantage.  The lead was eight points, 48-40, at halftime, before the Taipans stretched the margin to 21, 73-52, after three periods.

The Bulldogs, who played the Australian National Team 24 hours earlier and then took a late flight to Cairns for the game with the Taipans, were led by guard Kellen Dunham with 16 points for the second consecutive game.  Dunham had 14 points in the first half.

Khyle Marshall and Erik Fromm each scored 13 points, while Andrew Chrabacz added eight.  Kameron Woods led the squad in rebounds with seven.

Alex Loughton led the Taipans with 16 points.

The Bulldogs, under first-year head coach Brandon Miller, split their four game in Australia.  The team will return to Indianapolis on Wednesday, August 14.