INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Aaron Thompson had a career-high 21 points as Butler defeated Western Michigan 66-62 on Wednesday night in a season opener.
Thompson was 6 of 9 from the field and 8 of 11 from the free-throw line. Jair Bolden added 15 points and nine rebounds.
The lead changed hands six times in the second half with Butler going ahead for good on a Bolden 3-pointer that began a 10-2 run to go up 62-55 with just over 3 1/2 minutes remaining. WMU cut the lead to three with 48 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Rafael Cruz Jr. but didn't score again.