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    Early Second-Half Run Leads Butler Past Northwestern, 74-65

    Dave Sobolewski posted a season-high 21 points.

    Dave Sobolewski posted a season-high 21 points.

    Dec. 8, 2012

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    Site: Evanston, Ill. (Welsh-Ryan Arena)
    Score: Butler 74, Northwestern 65
    Records: NU (7-3), Butler (7-2)
    Next NU Event: Monday, Dec. 17 -- vs. Texas State (Welsh-Ryan Arena), 6 p.m.

    EVANSTON, Ill. -- Dave Sobolewski scored 21 points, but Northwestern came up short against Butler Saturday evening, falling 74-65 at Welsh-Ryan Arena.

    Neither team led by more than five points in a back-and-forth first half. Sobolewski had the hot hand for the Wildcats, posting 14 points as the Bulldogs had little answer for the sophomore point guard.

    Butler held an 8-7 lead seven minutes into the contest, but a basket by Alex Olah and a three-point play by Reggie Hearn gave the `Cats their largest lead of the stanza, 12-8.

    Butler Game Highlights

    NU was able to get the Bulldogs in foul trouble as leading scorer Rotnei Clarke picked up his second foul with 13:39 left. Starting center Andrew Smith also committed three fouls prior the break as Northwestern went the free throw line 15 times, making 12.

    The Wildcats' advantage was 22-20 before Butler went on a 9-2 run to go up 29-24. The Bulldogs eventually took a 34-31 lead at the break as the visitors made five of their 10 3-point field goal attempts in the opening half. Clarke, who re-entered the game despite the foul trouble, make three of the triples.

    Butler scored the first five points out of the break to extend its lead to eight. Meanwhile, Northwestern struggled from the field, making only one of its first 10 field goal attempts. However, defense kept the 'Cats close.

    A 3-pointer by Sobolewski cut the deficit to five with 11:42 left, but the Bulldogs scored nine of the game's next 12 points to give them their largest lead, 53-42, with 8:24 remaining.

    Tre Demps keyed a late-game run as his triple with a minute left got NU within 66-60. Butler had a five-second violation on the ensuing in-bounds play and the Wildcats got the ball back. However, 3-point tries by Demps and Jared Swopshire were off the mark and Butler was able to seal the game at the free throw line.

    Andrew Smith finished with 24 points and 10 rebounds for Butler. Demps posted 15 points off the bench for Northwestern while Hearn contributed 13. The Bulldogs shot 48 percent from the field in the contest to 32.7 percent for the Wildcats.

    NU returns to action Monday, Dec. 17 when it hosts Texas State at 6 p.m.


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