In front of 9,167 fans in a jam-packed Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday night, the Butler Bulldogs (1-0) and their fans gave everything new Butler Head Coach Brandon Miller could ask for in his regular-season debut with the program. Not only did Butler on the court get the 89-58 victory over Lamar (0-1), but the outpour of fan support gave Miller something to smile about at the end of the night.
“What made the win really special was the atmosphere,” said Miller. “You come into Hinkle Fieldhouse and you see packed to the very top. You see the Dawg Pound the way it was. For that to be our first win of the year, for us to be 1-0, that feels terrific.”
Atmosphere aside what made the night special was the second-half for Butler which sealed the victory for the Bulldogs in the end. Butler had lead the game 38-32 going into the half, but shot 21-36 from the field to score 51 points in the final 20 minutes to ultimately win the game 89-58. Butler had the size-advantage down low and emphasized it in the final half, which lead to bigs Khyle Marshall (19 points, 13 rebounds), Kameron Woods (11 points, 7 rebounds) and Erik Fromm (10 points, 2 rebounds) to lead the way for the Bulldogs. In the match-up in the paint, Butler also out-rebounded Lamar by a 41-27 margin.
“We made some adjustments,” said Miller. “Our guys in the second half played better on the defensive end of the floor and that got our offense jump-started to the point where we made our run. I was proud of our guys effort from the start to the finish, no matter what part of the game our guys played really hard and competed all night.”
Bulldogs Sophomore Kellen Dunham also added 13 points in the victory, along with 9 points from guard Jackson Aldridge. Butler returns to the court next Saturday when Princeton comes to Hinkle Fieldhouse.