The Crossroads Classic has been good to the Butler Bulldogs. A six-point win over Purdue pushes Butler to 3-0 in the intrastate tournament.
Kellen Dunham led all scorers with 25 points. He got it done from inside and out, finishing with 2-of-4 shooting on three pointers and 6-of-12 inside the arc. Khyle Marshall added 18 and Eric Fromm came close to setting a career-high with 14 points showing off an improved outside shot. The senior has been looking for opportunities to stretch the floor and capitalized on a few open looks from three point land.
A.J. Hammons fouled out after just 17 minutes, limiting the Boilermaker defense in the paint. Terone Johnson scored 20 for Purdue and led the team in rebounds (six) and assists (four).
Butler travels to Evansville next Saturday to take on the Aces before returning home to wrap up their nonconference slate.
Fromm has been trying to develop into a consistent stretch-four, but has been unable to knock down shots from the perimeter, until tonight. 14 points on 3-6 from beyond the arc. He dragged Hammons out of his comfort zone and delivered with some nice buckets. Butler needs Fromm to be a more stable part of the offense moving forward.
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