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Butler vs. Northwestern Halftime Notes

A run at the end of the first half gives Butler a 34-28 lead at halftime

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  • Butler and Northwestern were tied up at 28 with a minute remaining in the half, but the Bulldogs pulled away on a pair of and-1 buckets and made free throws from senior guard Alex Barlow and sophomore forward Andrew Chrabascz to expand their lead to six.
  • Northwestern is having a hard time getting center Alex Olah going. The seven-footer has just five points and no rebounds on 2-5 shooting. Butler is outscoring the Wildcats in points in the paint 22-6, getting to the basket with ease. The Bulldogs are 0-3 from three point territory, but are certainly getting clean looks in close.
  • It's been a really nice performance from Roosevelt Jones so far for Butler. The junior forward has eight points, two rebounds and an assist, and is bringing great energy on the floor. All these looks in close may open up some opportunities outside for the Bulldogs in the second half, and the attention Jones demands in the paint could have a big role in that.
  • While he's yet to get on the board in the scoring column, Butler's Kameron Woods has been eating on the glass again with six rebounds on the day. That phrase is starting to sound familiar isn't it?