Smith had 19 points in the second half – including nine straight – and added 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (7-2), who shot 48 percent en route to their fourth straight win overall and fourth straight against the Wildcats (7-3).
Rotnei Clarke was 4 for 6 on 3-point attempts and finished with 13 points for Butler. Kellen Dunham added 11 points and Roosevelt Jones had 10.
Reggie Hearn running lefty lay-up:
FINAL: Andrew Smith scored 24 points to lead Butler to a 74-65 win over Northwestern on Saturday at Welsh-Ryan Arena in Evanston. Butler (7-2) hit 47 percent of its field goals (24-of-51) and shot 20-of-29 from the free throw line. Butler also got double-digit performances from Roosevelt Jones, who scored 10, Kellen Dunham, who scored 11, and Rotnei Clarke, who scored 13. Dave Sobolewski scored 21 points and made 6-of-11 shots from the floor for Northwestern (7-3) in the loss. Tre Demps had a quality shooting game, nailing 6-of-8 shots from the field and scoring 15 points.
HALFTIME: It is still anyone’s game as Northwestern and Butler have passed the lead to each other six times already in the first half. At the moment the Bulldogs are on top 34-31. Butler shot 5-of-10 from beyond the arc in the first half (50 percent). The Wildcats’ Dave Sobolewski had a big first half, with 14 points. Rotnei Clarke is putting together a nice game so far for the Bulldogs. The senior has nine points.
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