Bulldogs top DePauw

MATTHEW VANTRYON | STAFF REPORTER

The Butler men’s basketball team finished preseason play Saturday with a convincing 93-68 win over DePauw University.

Sophomore gaurd Kellen Dunham provided much of the offense for the Bulldogs, netting a career-high 23 points and hitting three baskets from beyond the arc.

“I don’t think (the offense) relies all on me, but I definitely would like to bring that part of the game each and every game,” Dunham said.

Freshman Elijah Brown continued to impress, scoring 18 points in 22 minutes of action.

Brown scored a combined 29 points in the team’s two exhibition contests and said he is ready to start the season.

“As far as next Saturday, that’s when the real thing starts,” Brown said. “I think I’ve had some good preparation for it. I definitely can’t wait.”

Butler was able to capitalize on mistakes, scoring 11 points off turnovers in the first half and went into the locker room with with a nine-point lead.

The Bulldogs were able to get to the free throw line consistently and hit 30 of their 39 attempts.

The team shot nearly 53 percent from the field, and hit seven of  15 three-point attempts.

The Bulldogs were outrebounded 32-31. Last season’s team out-rebounded 29 of 36 opponents. Coach Brandon Miller emphasized defense as something the team needs to improve.

“There’s going to be a lot of games on the defensive end of the floor that we aren’t going to be 100 percent happy with,” Miller said. “That’s the standard that we have on that end of the floor—that’s Butler basketball.”

Butler opens up the regular season next Saturday night versus Lamar.

Tip-off is at 8 p.m. at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

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