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Senior Troy Huff had a team-high 20 points at Butler on Saturday night.
Butler holds off late charge by UND
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Updated: Sunday 12/08/2013 00:22:57 (ET)
by UNDsports.com
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Please note the box scores attached to this game recap are incorrect and will be fixed when available. No. 41 Ryan Salmonson and No. 20 Thomas Blake are listed as playing minutes, but did not do so.  All other stats except for UND player minutes are correct.

INDIANAPOLIS Butler took control of a tight contest with visiting North Dakota thanks to a 18-2 run to close the first half and went on to register a 79-64 victory on Saturday at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Senior Troy Huff scored 20 points to lead UND (2-5) and classmate Jaron Nash added 10, but the visitors could not find a way to slow down Butler’s (6-2) inside-outside combination of Kellen Dunham and Khyle Marshall.

Dunham did his damage from the outside and scored a game-high 29 points, while most of Marshall’s 21 came from baskets at the rim or at the foul line.

Junior Cole Stefan, who had the best game of his brief UND career with nine points, cut Butler’s lead to 21-20 with just over five minutes to play in the first half, but UND could muster only a pair of free throws by Troy Huff down the stretch.

The home team took advantage of the visitor’s dry spell and outscored UND 18-2 during that span, which would prove decisive in the end. Dunham capped the run with a contested 3-pointer from well beyond the arc that found the strings at the buzzer.

The sophomore’s desperation basket gave his team a 39-22 lead at halftime. Dunham finished the half with 15 of his team’s final 29 points, while UND managed to make just eight field goals in the opening 20 minutes.

The Bulldogs also controlled the glass throughout the game with a 44-28 advantage and did not allow an offensive rebound to UND in the first half.

Butler would extend its lead to as many as 28 points early in the second half, but UND turned up the defensive pressure and made things a lot more interesting down the stretch. A 13-0 run brought life back to the Green and White as the visitors wound up with 11 steals and forced Butler into an uncharacteristic 17 turnovers.

UND would trim its deficit down to 13 points at 77-64 with just over two minutes to play, but that would be as close as the Bulldogs would allow Jones’ squad to get in this one.

Neither team led by more than four points in the opening 15 minutes of the game that saw UND jump out to a 5-2 lead. Dunham finished 9-for-15 from the field and 5-for-8 from beyond the arc, while Marshall went 9-for-16 from the field.

Game notes: Head coach Brian Jones was an assistant coach at Missouri State when current Butler head coach Brandon Miller was a freshman for the Bears … When that staff moved onto Iowa, Miller transferred to Butler where he finished his career.

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