Butler 34 40 74
Nwestern 31 34 65
Date of game: 12/8/2012

Recap: Northwestern vs. Butler

Evanston, IL (Sports Network) - Andrew Smith led four Bulldogs in double figures with a game-high 24 points as the Butler Bulldogs held off the Northwestern Wildcats to earn a 74-65 victory in a non-conference bout at the Welsh-Ryan Arena.

Smith recorded the game's only double-double as he also grabbed 10 boards for Butler (7-2). Kellen Dunham chipped in 11 points and five rebounds off the bench. Rotnei Clarke and Roosevelt Jones added 13 and 10 points, respectively.

For the Wildcats (7-3), Dave Sobolewski netted a team-high 21 points. Reggie Hearn chipped in 13 points, and Tre Demps contributed 15 points off the bench in the setback.

Butler knocked down 5-of-10 shots from behind the arc and limited Northwestern to a mere 1-of-6 shooting from three-point range in the opening period to a earn 34-31 advantage at the break.

Butler continued its solid play in the second half as it hit 50 percent of its attempts from the field. The Wildcats managed to make just 9-of-31 shots from the floor after the break as they suffered a nine-point defeat.

The Bulldogs held a 40-34 edge in the rebounding battle.

Game Notes

Illinois State rallies into FCS title game

If ever there was doubt about the Missouri Valley Football Conference being the top conference in the FCS, Illinois State provided a reminder on Saturday.

Cowboys' Murray active against Colts

Dallas Cowboys running back and the NFL's leading rusher DeMarco Murray is active for today's game against the Indianapolis Colts, although his playing time may be limited due to a broken hand.

Giants acquire McGehee from Marlins

The San Francisco Giants have acquired infielder Casey McGehee from the Miami Marlins in exchange for minor league pitchers Kendry Flores and Luis Castillo.

Vancouver's Hansen collapses on bench

Vancouver Canucks forward Jannik Hansen collapsed on the bench during the second period of Saturday's game against the Calgary Flames and had to be helped to the locker room.

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