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Butler vs. Purdue: Halftime Notes

After a grinding first half, Butler leads Purdue 31-27 at the half of this Crossroads Classic contest

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- For two really strong offensive teams, this has been a defensive masterpiece thus far. Each team had five blocks in the first half, taking away all easy looks at the rim on both ends. Butler especially has held up very well despite the obvious size disadvantage, but give credit to Andrew Chrabascz and Tyler Wideman for their tremendous effort underneath.

- Purdue's Caleb Swanigan was damn near perfect in the first half. At the break, the freshman forward has 13 points on 6-of-9 shooting, adding six rebounds. He hit his first five shots, including one from deep, and while he cooled off down the stretch, the battle between Swanigan and Chrabascz has been the best matchup of the game.

- Roosevelt Jones leads all Bulldogs with ten points, finding creative ways to worm his way to the rim. While Jones has held up his portion of the scoring, typical scorers Kellen Dunham and Kelan Martin have both struggled to make an impact so far, shooting a combined 1-of-14 from the field.

Statistical Leaders


Points: Roosevelt Jones, 10

Rebounds: Jones, 6

Assists: Jones, 3


Points: Caleb Swanigan, 13

Rebounds: Swanigan, 6

Assists: Rapheal Davis, 3