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Princeton vs. Butler 2017 final score: Bulldogs pull out sluggish win over Tigers

An ugly win is still a win.

NCAA Basketball: Princeton at Butler Thomas J. Russo-USA TODAY Sports

For the majority of Sunday night’s game, the Butler Bulldogs looked like a team that was playing their second game of the weekend.

Butler was sluggish, and seemed at least a little fatigued. Add in the fact that the Princeton Tigers were playing their first game of the season and thus incredibly fresh, and a lot makes sense.

To the Bulldogs’ credit, though. They got the job done with a 85-75 victory over their Ivy League foes.

Butler was led by Kelan Martin’s dominating 20 point, 14 rebound performance. Martin also played a team-high 37 minutes, which is an impressive feat given the fact that Butler played another game 48 hours ago.

Kamar Baldwin and Aaron Thompson each chipped in 15 points.

While there are likely things Butler will look to work on before heading to College Park to play Maryland, this was, quite obviously, the best case scenario for opening weekend for them.

Princeton was led by Amir Bell’s 22 points.