In two of the past three years, the Butler Bulldogs have been upset by their rivals to the south, the Evansville Purple Aces. It took a career performance by an unlikely source and strong offensive rebounding to put this one away.
Alex Barlow scored 16 points and pulled down eight boards, both career highs. Barlow's nine three pointers this season now eclipse his total from all of last year. Always foul-prone, the point guard finished with four fouls but also an equal amount of steals on the defensive end.
Barlow's team-leading points total eclipsed both Khyle Marshall and Kellen Dunham, the other two Bulldogs in double-figures. Dunham in particular was outshined by his counterpart in purple. While Butler's top shooter went five of 16 from the field, D.J. Balentine scored 26 for Evansville. Balentine now has eight 20-plus point performances this year.
Four of Butler's starters finished with seven or more rebounds. A career-high 15 boards by Egidijus Mockevicius wasn't enough to cut into the Bulldogs' rebounding advantage. The visitors outrebounded Evansville 49-31.
Butler closes out its nonconference schedule against NJIT next Saturday before starting Big East play against #8 Villanova.
Career-highs in points and rebounds along with an equal number of steals to fouls. You're not going to get a much better performance out of Barlow. 2-7 line from beyond the arc is the only weak spot.
31% shooting night tempered only by the fact that he's been worse at times (against Ball State and Oklahoma State). He's a streaky scorer and will be as frustrating some nights as he is exciting to watch. Shot well from beyond the arc, but just two of nine inside.
A "quiet" 12 points and seven rebounds. He has the talent to take over games, but needs to show the drive every night. Six shot attempts were his second fewest of the season.
Season-high seven rebounds was good to see, but another poor night shooting limited his effectiveness. Fromm has tried to turn into a reliable stretch-four all season, but 0-4 downtown won't get the job done.
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