Men’s basketball: team wins first exhibition game

Butler will play its second and final exhibition game against the University of Indianapolis Saturday.

The Bulldogs lead the all-time series 27-12. The Greyhounds won the last meeting between the squads 74-72 in 1988.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Butler started its 2012-13 campaign with a 62-40 win over Marian in an exhibition game at Hinkle Fieldhouse last Saturday.

Sophomore forward Khyle Marshall and freshman guard Kellen Dunham led the Bulldogs with 12 points apiece.

Dunham scored all 12 of his points on four second-half 3-pointers, shooting four of six from beyond the arc overall.

The first half was rough for the Bulldogs, who shot 37.5 percent from the field. Despite this, Butler held a 25-20 lead at halftime.

The Bulldogs started the second half on a 16-2 run after finding their 3-point stroke.

Butler attempted 12 shots from long distance in the final 20 minutes and hit eight of them. The Bulldogs outscored the Knights 37-20 in the second half to pull away.

“I thought we had good action, and I thought we did our job in that second half on some of those actions,” coach Brad Stevens said.

Senior guard Chase Stigall, who started for Butler and finished with six points, said this year’s lineup is more balanced with the additions of Dunham and senior Rotnei Clarke.

“It takes pressure off one certain guy,” Stigall said. “The defense can’t focus strictly on one person.

“It’s nice to know that as soon as heads turn, they’re looking at one guy, they’re looking at Rotnei, they’re looking at me, they’re looking at Andy (Smeathers). The other three on the court are capable of making shots anytime.”

Saturday’s game saw the return of former Butler coach Todd Lickliter to Hinkle. Lickliter is in his first season coaching at Marian. He spent six seasons at Butler from 2001 to 2007 before leaving to take a coaching job at the University of Iowa.


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