D.J. Davis, Connor Turnbull lead Butler to exhibition win over Ohio Northern

The Butler Bulldogs men’s basketball team, also known as the Dawgs, displayed their new look at Hinkle Fieldhouse during an exhibition game against Ohio Northern. The game resulted in a dominant 78-46 victory, with three Bulldogs reaching double-digit scoring. D.J. Davis led the way with 13 points, followed by Pierre Brooks II with 12, and freshman Finley Bizjack coming off the bench with 10.

Let’s dive into five key takeaways from this exhibition opener.

D.J. Davis’s Impressive Long-Range Shooting

Davis, known for his exceptional 3-point shooting skills, showcased his talents on the court. With a shooting percentage of 75% from beyond the arc and a perfect free throw record, Davis proved to be a valuable asset to the team. His presence on the court not only adds scoring opportunities but also creates space for his teammates.

“That’s what he does. The young man can really, really shoot the basketball,” praised Butler coach Thad Matta. “Teams will have to focus on him, allowing our other players to penetrate deeper into the defense.”

Injuries and lack of team size previously limited Connor Turnbull’s versatility, often confining him to the center position. However, this season, Butler’s roster enhancements have allowed Turnbull to showcase his athleticism on the perimeter. Displaying his ability to drive to the basket and throw down slams, Turnbull’s improved game adds a new dimension to the team.

Bumps and Bruises: Freshman Augusto Cassia suffered a muscle injury during practice and is currently out indefinitely.

The Michigan State transfer, Pierre Brooks II, demonstrated an aggressive attacking style, utilizing his strength and physique to put pressure on the defense. Standing at 6-foot-6 and weighing 240 pounds, he dominated the lane, scoring 12 points on efficient shooting. His ability to draw fouls also earned him the most free throw attempts among his teammates.

Landon Moore, a transfer from St. Francis, proved his capability as a backup point guard. With eight points and three assists, Moore effectively ran the offense. His size and versatility make him a valuable asset both on and off the ball.

Butler’s versatility allows for endless lineup combinations. With lineups featuring the team’s best shooters and a mix of skilled big men, the Dawgs have greatly improved their length and shooting ability. As the team continues to develop cohesion, it will be intriguing to see which combinations prove to be the most efficient and effective.

This article was originally published on the Indianapolis Star website.


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