Men’s basketball beats Franklin in final exhibition game

BY KYLE BEERY | SPORTS CONTRIBUTOR

The Butler men’s basketball team routed the Franklin College Grizzlies Saturday afternoon at Hinkle Fieldhouse 98-43 in its last exhibition game of the season.

Senior Kameron Woods and freshman Kelan Martin each had 18 points to lead all scorers.

Freshman Tyler Wideman made his debut after sitting out last week’s exhibition win over Chicago with a concussion. Wideman finished with 17 points Saturday.

Butler outscored Franklin 53-16 in the first half. The Grizzlies had more turnovers (22) than points in the first half. They finished with 30 turnovers on the day.

Franklin shot 24.5 percent from the field, while Butler shot 63.6 percent.

Franklin had a balanced scoring attack as Trae Washington and Trey Boles led the Grizzlies with seven points apiece. Robbie Prather had six, and Brandon Scruggs, Brett McCory and Jim Mace each had five.

Roosevelt Jones built off of his return to the team last Saturday (eight points, eight assists and five steals) after a broken wrist sidelined him all of last season by scoring four points and having five assists, three steals and a block on Saturday.

Junior Kellen Dunham had 14 points, and Andrew Chrabascz had six, as each played under 20 minutes in the blowout.

Bench players were in much of the game, including backup senior point guard Jackson Aldridge, whom head coach Chris Holtmann says is key to developing the team’s depth. Aldridge had 11 points on 3-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-5 from distance.

The Bulldogs now gear up for the regular season, as they play Maine at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Sat. Nov. 15. Tip off is at 4:30 p.m. and the game will be aired on Fox Sports 2.

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