On Saturday, the Butler Bulldogs entertained their second and final exhibition opponent. They did so in a fashion that delighted the 6,000-plus in attendance for the matinee affair at Hinkle Fieldhouse, as the Bulldogs cruised to a 93-68 win.
The visiting Tigers gave Butler all it could handle in the first half. Keeping things honest, DePauw trailed by no more than nine, which eventually became their halftime deficit of 42-33.
Adams Botts led the way for DePauw in the first half, as he scored 14 of his team-high 17 points before the break. Tommy Fernitz pitched in 10 by the halftime break.
Kellen Dunham paced Butler in the first 20 minutes with 11, while Erik Fromm kept the Tigers honest down low with 10.
DePauw had no idea how much of a second half time Butler could be. The Bulldogs outscored the Tigers 51-35.
Freshman guard Elijah Brown was quite impressive, as he scored 8 by the half and 10 after to finish with 18 points. Brown shot 6-of-11 from the floor and connected on all five of his free throw attempts in just 22 minutes of action.
Dunham led all scorers with 23 points and shot pretty well, knocking down 7-for-11 of his field goals and also sank all six from the charity stripe.
The second half was all about getting the Bulldogs' bench involved to see who will wind up being key contributors as the regular season starts this week.
DePauw got three into double-figure scoring. They were led by Adams Botts and Pat Haggin both scoring a team-high 17, with Tommy Fernitz adding 10.
With Dunham leading all with 23, Elijah Brown was instrumental off the bench with 18, while Erik Fromm was the third Bulldog to reach double-digits with 11 and six rebounds. Alex Barlow had 9 and three steals, with fellow starters Kameron Woods (6 points, 6 boards) and Khyle Marshall (8 points, 3 rebounds) did their part, before giving way to the Bulldog bench.
Two other freshmen got some quality minutes, as Nolan Berry and Andrew Chrabascz each pitched in 5 points.
The Bulldogs shot well overall by making 53% of his shots and 47 % (7-15) from outside the three-point arc. Butler got back to its old ways of drilling 30-of-39 from the free throw line.
Butler begins regular season play this Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse with the Lamar Cardinals coming to Indianapolis for an 8 p.m. tipoff and can be seen on Fox Sports 2.