INDIANAPOLIS – No. 17 Butler was content to let New Orleans play old-school basketball inside Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The Bulldogs werent quite as happy with how they responded to throwback Saturday.
Kellen Dunham scored 15 points, Khyle Marshall had 13 points and eight rebounds and Roosevelt Jones finished with 11 points and six rebounds, leading Butler past the Privateeers 57-44 in a game that resembled the 1950s-style games that were once played and filmed in this arena.
We just had too many turnovers and missed too many shots, Butler coach Brad Stevens said. If a team is going to use the clock like that, you better make your layups.
When the Bulldogs (12-2) did not, the game turned into a game that was far closer than anyone expected.
Butler committed seven turnovers in the first 8 minutes and finished with 15. It was just 5 of 16 from three-point range and 17 of 42 (40.5 percent) from the field. And against the much smaller Privateers, Butler only held a 22-14 scoring advantage in the paint.
It is frustrating at first when you have a few point-blank misses and theyre being patient on the other end, Marshall said. You want to make up for it on the other end, so it gets you a little jittery.
That was precisely what New Orleans coach and Indiana native Mark Slessinger wanted his team to do Saturday – a stark contrast from the uptempo style his team has used for most of the season.
Eventually, Butler figured out a solution. It pulled away late in the first half, opened the second half with a quick scoring flurry and refused to extend its defense to help New Orleans shoot its way back into the game.
No. 1 DUKE 80, WAKE FOREST 62: In Durham, N.C., Ryan Kelly scored a season-high 22 points to lead the Blue Devils. Seth Curry also had 22 points and Quinn Cook had a career-high 14 assists for Duke (14-0, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference).
No. 3 ARIZONA 60, UTAH 57: In Tucson, Ariz., Solomon Hill had 19 points, and Mark Lyons hit two free throws with 7.2 seconds left as the Wildcats (14-0, 2-0 Pac-12) remained unbeaten.
No. 12 MISSOURI 66, BUCKNELL 64: In Columbia, Mo., Phil Pressey scored a career-high 26 points, and Laurence Bowers added 16 to lead the Tigers.
Bucknells Mike Muscala missed two free throws with 1.9 seconds left. Stefan Jankovic of Missouri rebounded the second miss to end the game.
ST. JOHNS 53, No. 14 CINCINNATI 52: In Cincinnati, JaKarr Sampson scored 16 points and DAngelo Harrison added 15 to lift the Red Storm.
Cincinnatis Titus Rubles missed a jumper with 6 second left that would have given the Bearcats the lead. St. Johns pulled down the rebound, which forced Cincinnati to foul with 3 seconds left.
MARQUETTE 49, No. 15 GEORGETOWN 48: In Milwaukee, Davante Gardner made two free throws with 8.3 seconds left and the Golden Eagles hung on as the Hoyas missed a deciding free throw.
No. 16 CREIGHTON 79, INDIANA STATE 66: In Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott had 25 points and nine rebounds, and the Bluejays (14-1, 3-0 Missouri Valley) used a 19-4 run to break open a close game in the second half.
No. 23 N.C. STATE 78, BOSTON COLLEGE 73: In Boston, Scott Wood scored 12 points in the second, hitting two three-pointers and six free throws down the stretch, as the Wolfpack (12-2, 1-0 Atlantic Coast Conference) won its ninth in a row.
No. 25 KANSAS STATE 73, No. 22 OKLAHOMA STATE 67: In Manhattan, Kan., Rodney McGruder scored all but two of his 28 points in the second half to lift the Wildcats (12-2, 1-0 Big 12).
RUTGERS 67, No. 24 PITTSBURGH 62: In Piscataway, N.J., Eli Carter scored 23 points as the Scarlet Knights (10-3, 1-1 Big East) handed the Panthers (12-3, 0-2) their second straight loss.