November 19, 2013

Butler Beats Vanderbilt in Overtime

INDIANAPOLIS - The Butler men's basketball team scored their first overtime victory of the season Tuesday night with a 85-77 victory over Vanderbilt at Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bulldogs are now 3-0 on the young season and do not play another home game until December 7.

"We didn't flinch, I was proud of our guys in terms of the way we responded to the start of the game," head coach Brandon Miller said. "I thought we played really good basketball the last seven minutes of the game."

Senior Khyle Marshall led the Bulldogs to victory in overtime, scoring nine points in the extra period and setting a new career high with 26 total points. He scored 16 of the Bulldogs' final 22 points, all in the last seven minutes. 

"We were looking to get Khyle the ball, he had it going," Miller said. "Khyle is a terrific finisher around the rim. We intentionally went to him. I think Khyle imposed his will."

Junior Kameron Woods and sophomore Kellen Dunham both continued their hot starts to the season. Woods finished with 10 points, nine rebounds, four assists and four blocks in 41 minutes of play. Dunham fought constant double teams but still managed to score 16 points.

"Having him on the floor changes the game," Miller said of Dunham.

The win was Miller's first career overtime game.

"I thought it was a terrific team win," Miller said. "Our bench gave a positive contribution to this win tonight. Our team won this game tonight."

Butler dominated the Commodores in second chance points, out-scoring Vanderbilt 17-2. The Bulldogs shot 47 percent from the field on the night and 66 percent from behind the arc in the first half. 

"I feel like this team really feeds off my energy and my hustle plays," Marshall said. "When my spirits get lifted, their spirits get lifted."

Butler also got 24 points from bench players. Freshmen Andrew Chrabascz and Rene Castro both played valuable minutes down the stretch. Chrabascz finished with seven points in 10 minutes and Castro scored four points in four minutes. 

"Andrew is a very talented player," Miller said of Chrabascz. "He plays with a will to win and he plays hard. He does little things that don't end up on the stat sheet. Andrew's very crafty around the basket."

The Bulldogs visit Ball State on Saturday before heading down to Florida for the Old Spice Classic. The game in Muncie will tip at 2 p.m. Washington State awaits Butler on Nov. 28 in the first round of the Old Spice Classic. Depending on the outcome of that game, Butler will face either Oklahoma State or Purdue on Nov. 29. 

Contact: Matt Rhinesmith (mrhinesm@butler.edu)