Bulldogs Knock Off Nova Southeastern in Coach Miller's Debut

Kellen Dunham

INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler men's basketball team tipped off its season with a 101-64 exhibition game win over Nova Southeastern Tuesday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse. Four Butler players scored more than 10 points and ten more scored at least one basket. 

"I thought our guys came out ready to play tonight," head coach Brandon Miller said. "We carried out the game plan, we were ready and we saw a lot of good things from a lot of different guys."

Sophomore Kellen Dunham led the team with 16 points, all of which came in the first half. The Pendleton, Indiana native was three of five from behind the arc and three of four from the foul line. 

"My teammates did a great job of getting me the ball," Dunham said. "I was fortunate enough to have some good shots tonight."

Senior Khyle Marshall scored 13 points and pulled down four rebounds. Freshmen Elijah Brown and Nolan Berry each scored 11 points. Berry pulled down six rebounds.

The Bulldogs shot 61 percent from the field and 57 percent from behind the arc in Miller's first official game as head coach. 

"It was a good experience," Miller said of his debut. "The feeling hit me when I walked out on the floor for the first time before the game. Once the ball gets tipped and the game starts going, you're just coaching the game."

Junior Kameron Woods topped the squad with nine rebounds and Brown dished out five assists to lead the team. 

Butler next hits the hardwood on Saturday, Nov. 2 for its second exhibition contest against DePauw. The Bulldogs open the regular season on Nov. 9 at Hinkle Fieldhouse against Lamar.

Contact: Matt Rhinesmith (mrhinesm@butler.edu)