Defense helps Bulldogs raise record to 2-0 on tour

Even in those moments when the basketball wasn’t going through the hoop, the Butler Bulldogs maintained defensive intensity in the second game of their European trip.

Jayden Taylor scored 15 points and Chuck Harris 14, and the Bulldogs raised their record to 2-0 with an 81-53 victory Friday night in Rome. They played members of the Stella Azzura team, plus other pro players from the area.

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“I thought we did a better job of executing our offense,” coach Thad Matta said in an interview posted on social media. “Defensively, we needed more activity off the basketball, and I thought we did a good job of that.”

Butler won Thursday’s game 95-61. Through two games, Harris has 33 points and Taylor 28.

All 11 players who logged minutes scored.

Manny Bates and freshman Connor Turnbull scored eight points apiece, and DJ Hughes and Eric Hunter seven each. Redshirt freshman Pierce Thomas scored on a 3-pointer and a dunk, according to video highlights.

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