Indianapolis, IN — The 23rd ranked Butler Bulldogs pulled away from the Northwestern Wildcats in the second half of a tight battle winning 65-56. The Northwestern defense made this an interesting game, maintaining great pressure and holding the Bulldogs to a season low five 3- point attempts. In the end the Bulldogs managed to convert one crucial basket after the next, showing great poise and execution when they needed it the most. The victory gives the Bulldogs their third in a row, improving them to 7-1 on the season and made for the 17th straight non-conference win for Butler at the legendary Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The Bulldogs were led by their junior 6’6″ guard Kellen Dunham with 19 points on 6-of-9 shooting adding in four rebounds. In what felt like a quiet game on only nine shots, was far from it. Dunham took what the Northwestern defense was giving him and attacked off the dribble drawing countless fouls and converting all of his free throws going 6-for-6. At times, it did seem Dunham was a little too conservative with his shot selection, however, you really can’t argue with how efficient and effective of an evening he had. Overall, Dunham continues to show the Big East why he will be priority number one to stopping the Bulldogs during conference play.
6’4” junior guard, Roosevelt Jones struggled from the field shooting 5-of-13 in scoring 12 points, however, he did contribute six rebounds. Jones is so powerful for a guard as he can bully his way around the court and he doesn’t mind the contact. Jones continues to be Butler’s playmaker when they need it; he attacks off the dribble for a midrange runner or finds his teammates who space the floor perfectly off of his drive. Coming into the game Jones was shooting a career high 61percent from the line however, he went 2-for-6 tonight and his shot continued to look very flat.
The Wildcats were led by their freshman point guard Bryant McIntosh who led the team with 12 points and five assists off the bench. McIntosh is a talented freshman who has a great feel for the game; he creates for his teammates off the dribble and is a very capable shooter off the dribble, off a screen, or spotting up off the ball. On the defensive end he anticipates very well and has great awareness to everything going on around him. McIntosh is the best pure point guard on the Wildcats roster and is going to be an X factor for his entire career in a Northwestern uniform.
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