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Game Recap: Butler 79, North Dakota 64

Back home, Butler adds one to the win column behind strong performances by -- who else? Kellen Dunham and Khyle Marshall.

Mary Langenfeld-USA TODAY Sports

Four factors

73 possessions Butler North Dakota
Effective FG% 60.7% 46.0%
Turnover % 23.2% 9.6%
Offensive Rebound % 25.8% 12.2%
FTA/FGA 44.6 27.0

After six straight nail-biters, the Butler Bulldogs put a game away with a bit more of a cushion. 50 points between Khyle Marshall and Kellen Dunham provided more than enough offense for Brandon Miller's squad as North Dakota made less than 40 percent of their shots from the floor. Big Sky Player of the Year candidate Troy Huff scored 20 points and five rebounds for the no longer-Fighting Sioux.

Butler turned the ball over an uncharacteristically high 17 times. Other than that, it was smooth sailing for the Bulldogs who put it away by halftime. Butler outrebounded North Dakota 44-28 and shot 41.7 percent from beyond the arc. Free throw shooting was questionable again, however, as the home team made just 64 percent of their foul shots.

Several reserves got on the court for extended playing time. Nolan Berry showed off his raw talent in the post. He has especially good court vision for a big man, but will need to add some pounds in the weight room in order to match up with bigger forwards. After averaging the second-most playing time off the bench in the first three games of the season, Devontae Morgan was held to just four minutes. He did a good job getting to the foul line but gave up his first three turnovers of the year.

Player Grades

Player Grade Comments
Alex Barlow C

Barlow had a quiet night on the stat sheet after a few good performances at the Old Spice Classic. No points with four points and four assists. Barlow had four fouls and no steals on defense, a below average game for the defensive specialist.

Kellen Dunham A 29 points on 5-8 shooting from 3-point range. Added four assists and five rebounds. Marks the fourth 20-point game of the sophomore's career.
Khyle Marshall A- Scored 21 on 9-16 shooting from the floor. Seven rebounds. Only bad mark was the 3-7 line from the charity stripe, a disappointing stat for even a notoriously bad free throw shooter.
Kameron Woods B Just seven points, but the rebounding king pulled down nine boards. Like Marshall, he had trouble from the line. Made only one of six free throw attempts.
Erik Fromm C Eight points and two boards in just 18 minutes. Saw a lot less time than his fellow starters. Missed a pair of three pointers, continuing a bad season of shooting for the stretch-four.
Andrew Chrabascz C+ Provided a better presence on the boards than Fromm, with six rebounds. Struggled a bit on the defensive end and finished the game with four fouls.
Nolan Berry B- Four points and two rebounds in eleven minutes. Turned the ball over twice but saw the most action of his career and should get some more playing time in December to earn a spot in the rotation.
Elijah Brown C- Back into the rotation, with 17 minutes. Turned the ball over four times and shot just 1-3 from the floor. Added three rebounds.