Purdue vs Butler

Butler edges Purdue in 76-70 win

By CLIFF BRUNT
Associated Press
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kellen Dunham scored 25 points to help Butler defeat Purdue 76-70 on Saturday evening in the Crossroads Classic.

Khyle Marshall had 18 points and nine rebounds and Erik Fromm scored 14 points for the Bulldogs (8-2), who won their third straight. The Bulldogs improved to 3-0 in Crossroads Classic games. Last year, the Bulldogs upset No. 1 Indiana 88-86 in overtime.

Terone Johnson scored a season-high 20 points and Bryson Scott added 13 for Purdue (8-3), which had won three straight. Purdue center A.J. Hammons, a 7-footer who is one of the nation's leading shot blockers, fouled out after playing just 17 minutes. He finished with 10 points and three rebounds. Despite Purdue's size advantage, the Boilermakers only finished with a 38-35 rebounding advantage.

Butler scored 25 points off Purdue's 18 turnovers to win its fourth straight against the Boilermakers.

Butler led 36-33 at halftime before Purdue opened the second half on a 6-1 run. A bucket by Terone Johnson gave the Boilermakers the lead back at 39-37. Purdue extended its lead to 43-37 before the Bulldogs answered.

Dunham's 3-pointer gave Butler the lead at 44-43, and the Bulldogs increased their advantage to 55-49 on a layup by Alex Barlow midway through the second half.

Dunham hit another 3-pointer with just over four minutes remaining to increase Butler's lead to 62-53.

Basil Smotherman's three-point play cut Butler's lead to 74-70 with 19.6 seconds left, but the Boilermakers got no closer.

Purdue opened up with a 14-7 lead as Johnson scored nine quick points in the first six minutes. Butler climbed back into the game and cut Purdue's lead to 19-18 with nine minutes left in the first half. The Bulldogs finally took a 20-19 lead on a turnaround jumper by Dunham.

Marshall's putback with about a minute left in the first half bumped Butler's lead to 34-28, but Bryson Scott's one-handed 3-pointer as time expired trimmed Butler's advantage to three at the break.

Dunham had 16 points at halftime while Johnson had 14.

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