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Game Recap: Butler 76, Purdue 70

Butler picks up a strong nonconference win over Purdue at the Crossroads Classic.

Brian Spurlock-USA TODAY Sports

Four factors

72 possessions Butler Purdue
Effective FG% 57.1% 50.8%
Turnover % 20.8% 25.0%
Offensive Rebound % 34.3% 39.5%
FTA/FGA 53.6 23.8

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.

Player Grades

Player Grade Comments
Alex Barlow B- Any game with as many steals as fouls is a good one for Barlow. He fouled out in 35 minutes, but grabbed five steals and contributed five points and four assists as well.
Kellen Dunham B+ In the preview, I mentioned that Dunham would need to get his shots to fall in case Hammons shut down the paint for Purdue. Dunham delivered with 25 from all over the floor.
Khyle Marshall B 18 and 9 against a major conference opponent has to have Brandon Miller feeling confident about his senior's ability to contribute on a consistent basis in the Big East.
Kameron Woods B- Not much on the offensive end, but nabbed four steals to go with another double-digit rebounding performance.
Erik Fromm B+ 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.
Elijah Brown C- Brown has loads of talent, but can be pretty erratic on the offensive end. 2-8 shooting and a pair of turnovers won't win the confidence of his teammates.