Well, it was a late one back in the United States as the Butler Bulldogs tipped off at 2 a.m. local in their first game of the Australia tour. It was a successful night, though, for the most part as they were able to come away with a win after a very strong second half showing.
Coming out of the gate, Butler struggled to find any rhythm on offense and wasn’t getting shots to fall. They lost the first quarter by eight points, but from then on it was their night.
Kellen Dunham led all scorers with 22 on the night, making five of his 11 attempts from beyond the arc while also adding two blocks, a steal, an assist and a rebound. Following close behind were Fromm with 14 and Berry with nine, both of whom knocked down a three-point attempt of their own.
Butler, for the most part, as well played a complete game. The Bulldogs outrebound the North Bears Invitational Team 40-33 and forced 18 turnovers while only committing 11.
Freshmen’s first game at Butler
Everyone who made the trip was able to reach the floor last night as Brandon Miller cleared the bench for a large rotation of players. The most impressive in his time on the floor was Nolan Berry.
The 6-9 forward was able to knock in a three and a deep two in the first of the game, showing off his range, while he also contributed by adding three rebounds and a blocked shot on the night. If he is able to come in and contribute like that during the season off of the bench, that would be a huge addition for this team that looks like it could be a bit short on depth in the front-court.
At the same position, forward Andrew Chrabascz played just over six minutes and grabbed two rebounds.
Two guards who expect to play a large role in the rotation this year, Elijah Brown and Rene Castro, each were out there for a long period of time last night. While Castro failed to attempt a field goal, he was still able to fill his stat sheet with a rebound, an assist, a steal and two points on two made free-throws. Brown, however, struggled to shoot the ball and failed to score on five attempts from the field. He did add three assists, a steal and two turnovers.
Roosevelt Jones injured?
Rumors of an injury to Roosevelt Jones swirled late last night as he was only able to log four first half minutes before being taken out and not coming back into the game.
Today, Roosevelt Jones quelled those rumors by tweeting that his arm is not broken. Though, he did put a picture up on Instagram showing his wrist wrapped up.
According to a deeply rooted source Butler’s Roosevelt Jones injured his arm in first 5 minutes of action on Australian Tour…
— Cavan Walsh (@cavwalsh) August 6, 2013
Schedule moving forward
Butler’s next game is at 5 a.m. local time on Thursday morning and it looks as if it will have an audio stream, which is much better than simply a play-by-play box score from last night. Butler fans will be able to listen to the Bulldogs’ game here: http://t.co/4yccAJGern.