Butler Holds Off Ball State for Victory in Home Opener
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Matt Howard scored 15 points and Butler held off a Ball State rally late in the first half for a 64-55 victory Wednesday night.
The Bulldogs (2-0) led by 12 early in the game, but the Cardinals (1-1) pulled within 31-29 after a 3-pointer by Brandon Lampley and then a layup at the halftime buzzer by Eric Wormley.
A 3-pointer by Ronald Nored started a 9-0 Butler run at the beginning of the second half, and the Bulldogs stayed in front the rest of the way.
Anthony Newell led Ball State with 17 points and 11 rebounds, and Jarrod Jones added 14 points and 12 rebounds.