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The Butler men’s basketball team defeated DePaul University on Jan. 27 at Hinkle Fieldhouse with a score of 67-53. The win helps Butler improve to 14-6 overall and 3-5 in Big East conference play. DePaul falls to 7-13 on the season and 1-7 in conference play.
— BIG EAST MBB (@BIGEASTMBB) January 28, 2016
After four 3-pointers, one from Jordan Gathers and three from Kellen Dunham, in a four-minute span of the first half, the Bulldogs turned a 17-16 deficit into a 28-19 lead. Butler would have the 33-23 advantage going into the halftime break.
DePaul came out of the break with the first five points, but two 3-pointers from Andrew Chrabascz helped Butler go on their own 10-0 run. Butler shot 86 percent from the free throw line for the game, making 20 of 23 in the second half and crushing a few DePaul run attempts to seal the victory.
“I’m really proud of our guys tonight and of this effort,” said head coach Chris Holtmann. “They had a great awareness of how physical and tough this game was going to be. It was a grind-it-out kind of game, and it’s good to get the win.”
Senior Roosevelt Jones led the way for the Bulldogs with a season-high of 23 points, four rebounds and four assists. Dunham also chipped in 16 points, nine from behind the arc.
“I made a conscious decision to try to go to the rack hard, make them foul and get to the free throw line,” Jones said, who was 9-of-11 from the free throw line on the night.
DePaul coach Leitao said there’s no one in Big East physical enough to stop Roosevelt Jones. #Butler
— David Woods (@DavidWoods007) January 28, 2016
The Bulldogs will be back in action on Jan. 30 at Marquette University. Tip is scheduled for 11 a.m. CT and will air on Fox Sports 1.