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Game Recap: Butler 68, Evansville 59

Alex Barlow set career highs in points and rebounds as Butler survived its yearly test at in-state rival Evansville.

Andy Lyons

Four factors

68 possessions Butler Evansville
Effective FG% 47.5% 44.8%
Turnover % 19.1% 17.6%
Offensive Rebound % 39.0% 15.4%
FTA/FGA 37.7 27.6

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.

Player Grade Comments
Alex Barlow A- 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.
Kellen Dunham C- 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.
Khyle Marshall C+ 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.
Kameron Woods B Flirted with a double-double yet again, eight points and 12 rebounds. Filled the statsheet with a steal and a pair of blocks, as well.
Erik Fromm C 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.
Elijah Brown D Streakier than Dunham, he's now shot worse than 30% from the floor on five occasions. 1-6 tonight plus a pair of turnovers isn't great.
Andrew Chrabascz B- Four boards (all on the offensive end) and seven points in 14 minutes. Plus a block. If he can figure it out on defense, the freshman will be starting sooner rather than later.
Jackson Aldridge C Decent eleven minutes: three points, two rebounds, and an assist. Safe to say he's won the backup point guard job for the conference play.