Indianapolis (IN) - It was the first ranked test for the young Bulldogs and they couldn't sustain their play down the stretch. Louisville (3-0) used their experience midway through the 2nd half to pull away from Butler (1-2) 69-53.
Louisville dominated the 2nd half of play outscoring Butler 40-25.
Midway through the 2nd half, Butler took the lead 41-40 and Lousiville responded with a to 21 to 6 run over eight minutes.
Kyle Kuric led the Cardinals with 17 points. Kuric was 7-of-11 from the field including 3-of-6 from beyond the arc. He also had six rebounds and three assists.
Butler was led by Khyle Marshall who scored a game-high 20 points and six rebounds. He was 8-of-13 from the field.
One of the big reasons Butler couldn't hold on in the 2nd half was they were outrebounded 30-22.
Andrew Smith and Chrishawn Hopkins had led Butler in scoring early in the year, but were absent for much of the game.
Junior center Andrew Smith struggled with foul trouble for much of the game. He finished with four points and five rebounds in 20 minutes.
Hopkins also had four points on 1-of-8 shooting from the field in 27 minutes.
In the 1st half Butler took the lead early on with their 3-point specialist Chase Stigall.
Stigall finished the game with 11 points making 3-of-8 from 3-point range.
Butler led for much of the 1st half, but relenquished the lead late giving Louisville the 29-28 lead at the break.
Senior guard Chris Smith added 15 points for Louisville.
The Bulldogs now host Savannah State on Monday and Gardner Webb on Wednesday, before traveling to Bloomington on Sunday to take on Indiana.