EVANSTON, Ill. -- Andrew Smith scored a season-high 24 points and Butler pulled away in the second half for a 74-65 win over Northwestern on Saturday night.
Smith had 19 points in the second half -- including nine straight -- and added 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (7-2), who shot 48 percent en route to their fourth straight win overall and fourth straight against the Wildcats (7-3).
Butler, which led 34-31 at the half, pulled away with a 10-4 run to open the second half.
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