Butler pulls away early in 79-53 win over New Orleans

The Butler Bulldogs cruised behind 45 first-half points to defeat New Orleans, 79-53, on Saturday.
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INDIANAPOLIS — Bryce Nze had 18 points and 10 rebounds as Butler rolled past New Orleans 79-53 on Saturday night.

Jordan Tucker added 16 points and Sean McDermott chipped in 13 for Butler (2-0). Aaron Thompson had 12 points to go with 10 rebounds.

Butler had an 18-3 run to take a 23-5 lead midway through the first half. The Bulldogs were up 45-29 at the break and coasted to the win. All nine players put points on the board.

Damion Rosser had 13 points for the Privateers (1-1). Troy Green added 12 points. Bryson Robinson had 10 points.

Butler takes on Minnesota at home on Tuesday. New Orleans faces SMU on the road on Tuesday.