Butler wins in Miller’s debut

MATTHEW VANTRYON | STAFF REPORTER

Butler put on an offensive display Tuesday night, defeating Nova Southeastern 101-64 in an exhibition game.

The Bulldogs featured a balanced scoring attack, as four players scored in double-figures.

Leading the way was sophomore guard Kellen Dunham, who had a game-high 16 points, including three field goals from behind the arc. Senior forward Khyle Marshall contributed 13 points.

Coach Brandon Miller was pleased with Dunham’s performance, and said that he has the green light to shoot if the opportunity presents itself.

“He can put the ball in the basket,” Miller said. “He can shoot it from three, and he can shoot it from deep. He can put the ball on the floor and he can create for himself and for teammates. He’s a very good offensive player. We’d be crazy not to utilize him.”

Dunham said he will look to be more aggressive this season than he was last season.

“The number one point is being more aggressive, looking to the basket and seeing what I can do for others, and seeing what I can do for myself more than I did last year,” Dunham said.

Perhaps one of the biggest takeaways from the game was the emergence of the team’s freshmen.

Freshman guard Elijah Brown scored 11 points, had five assists and grabbed four rebounds. Freshman center Nolan Berry also had 11 points on the night.

Miller said he was pleased with the performances of the freshmen, particularly that of Brown and guard Rene Castro.

“I thought they came in, (and) they were ready to play,” Miller said. “Both guys were better on defense than expected. They had a lot of good things on both sides of the ball.”

Senior forward Erik Fromm hit a 3-pointer a little more than a minute into the game, and the Bulldogs never relinquished the lead.

The team’s next contest will be an exhibition matchup versus Division III DePauw on Saturday. The game tips off at 2 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

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