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COL BKB: Butler 83, Marian 54

Nov. 13, 2010 at 6:48 PM

INDIANAPOLIS, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Shelvin Mack pumped in 20 points Saturday, helping No. 18 Butler get its season off to a good start with an 83-54 victory over Marian.

Mack, Matt Howard and Ronald Nored are among three starters returning from last year's Bulldogs squad, which came within a missed half-court heave of upsetting Duke for the national title in April.

Sophomore center Andrew Smith contributed 10 points and Howard posted six points and seven rebounds for the Bulldogs (1-0), who jumped off to a 14-point halftime lead and cruised at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Jordan Tucker scored 11 points for the Knights (0-1) of the Mid-Central College Conference.

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