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Butler gets boost from bench in in-state romp

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Bulldogs get contributions from nearly every player

Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 10:38 am

INDIANAPOLIS – Balance proved to be in abundance for Butler, as it cruised to an easy 100-41 men's basketball victory over NCAA Division III Manchester on Monday in front of 5,931 fans at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The Bulldogs used 14 players in the game, with 13 producing offensively, as they achieved the program's largest margin of victory since 1921.

"I thought our guys played Butler basketball from start to finish," Butler coach Brandon Miller said.

Butler sophomore guard Kellen Dunham put in a game-high 15 points, while senior Khyle Marshall (14 points), freshman Rene Castro (12) and junior Kameron Woods (11) also contributed.

Every Butler player registered minutes, with 11 playing at least 10 minutes. The Bulldogs shot 63 percent from the field and 52 percent from behind the arc.

"It was good to see a lot of different guys play," Miller said. "Saw a lot of different combinations in terms of guys playing together."

Senior Erik Fromm led the team with seven rebounds to go along with seven points. Junior Alex Barlow scored five points and dished out three assists.

Freshmen Elijah Brown and Nolan Berry both played productive minutes off the bench. Brown finished with nine points and four rebounds, and Berry had eight points and six rebounds.

"Elijah made some shots, but on top of that he made plays," Miller said. "We shared the ball tonight. I thought we played together on the offensive end."

Butler (7-2) gave up four field goals in the second half.

The last time Butler beat a team by a larger margin was in 1921-22, when the Bulldogs topped Indiana Law School 82-14.

The Bulldogs will play Purdue at 6 p.m. Saturday in the Crossroads Classic at Banker's Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.