Dunham, Marshall Spark Butler Past North Dakota
INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Sophomore Kellen Dunham scored 29 points and senior Khyle Marshall added 21 to lead Butler past visiting North Dakota at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday (Dec. 7). The non-conference victory lifted Butler to 4-0 at home and 6-2 on the season.
The Bulldogs, behind Dunham and Marshall, closed the first half with an 18-2 run to take a 39-22 halftime lead. Dunham scored 10 points in the run, including a long three-point field goal at the buzzer, while Marshall added six.
Butler then outscored North Dakota (2-5), 15-4, in the first five minutes of the second half, and the visitors were left playing catch-up for the rest of the game.
"We played a really good basketball game for about 26 minutes," said Butler head coach Brandon Miller. "For 14 minutes, we have a lot to improve on. Part of that had to do with the score. We exhaled a little when we got up, but for 26 minutes we put together a lot of positive possessions."
Dunham, coming off an All-Tournament performance at the Old Spice Classic in Florida, started strongly, scoring 19 points in the first 20 minutes. He hit six of 11 shots from the floor, including three of five from beyond the three-point arc, and all four of his free throw attempts.
Marshall chipped in with ten points and six rebounds in the first 20 minutes.
"I thought Kellen on the offensive end, and Khyle, really produced. They were efficient in what they were trying to do," noted Miller.
Dunham finished the game hitting nine of 15 shots, including five of eight from three-point range, and six of six from the charity stripe. Marshall hit nine of 16 shots and three of seven from the free throw line.
The Bulldogs had a commanding 44-28 advantage in rebounding, led by Kameron Woods with nine. Marshall added seven rebounds and freshman Andrew Chrabascz came off the bench with six. Junior Alex Barlow and Dunham each had four of Butler's 13 assists in the game.
Troy Huff led North Dakota with 20 points.
The Bulldogs will have a quick turnaround with Manchester coming to Hinkle Fieldhouse on Monday, Dec. 9, for a non-conference game. That contest is slated to start at 8 p.m. and will be televised nationally on Fox Sports 1.