Sloppy win gives Butler work to do

November 15, 2009

Maybe No. 11 Butler had opening-day jitters.

Or perhaps the problem was just facing another strong mid-major program so early in the season.

Whatever the explanation, the Bulldogs strung together a 15-4 closing run to pull away from Davidson 73-62 on Saturday in Indianapolis.

"It's a lot of fun, but I'm sure there are some anxious moments," Butler coach Brad Stevens said. "This game is not going to define who you are, win or lose, but it gives you a lot to work on."

Clearly, the Bulldogs (1-0) have plenty of things to clean up before heading to Northwestern on Wednesday. They committed seven of their 10 turnovers and 11 fouls in the first half and were shooting 31.8 percent through the first 16 1/2 minutes.

The Wildcats were playing their first game since losing Stephen Curry to the NBA.

Chris Johnson had 18 points and 15 rebounds, and Chris Wright led a second-half surge that carried No. 21 Dayton to a 90-80 victory over visiting Creighton in an opening matchup of teams that won 27 games apiece last season. ... Ben Hansbrough, a transfer from Mississippi State and the younger brother of 2007-08 national player of the year Tyler Hansbrough of North Carolina, scored 19 in his Notre Dame debut as the Irish beat North Florida 86-65. ... No charges will be filed against Kansas basketball and football players relating to the series of public fights that broke out between the teams in September, a Lawrence prosecutor told the Kansas City Star.

- Tribune news services

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