This time, Shelvin Mack and Matt Howard stayed in the game. Turns out, that was all Butler needed to bounce back from that difficult loss at Louisville.
Mack scored 19 points, Howard had 16 points and 10 rebounds and the 16th-ranked Bulldogs beat Ball State 88-55 on Saturday in Indianapolis.
"Nobody was thrilled about the results Tuesday night, and I think, looking back, it probably wasn't as poor as it looked," Coach Brad Stevens said. "But I think everybody had a desire to play better today."
Four days after the 15-point setback against the Cardinals, the most lopsided loss in Stevens' four-year tenure, the Bulldogs (2-1) were almost flawless.
They committed only nine turnovers and limited Ball State (2-1) to 32.7 percent shooting. They outrebounded the Cardinals 43-32 and outscored them 40-18 in the paint.
Howard, the senior who missed most of the first half at Louisville because of foul trouble, wound up drawing fouls instead of picking them up and made eight of 10 free throws.
Mack, a junior who fought through leg cramps at Louisville, led the Bulldogs in scoring for the third straight game. He also had four assists.
"I think any time you have a losing effort, you want to come back and play harder," said Mack, a Bryan Station graduate who also had seven rebounds. "What happened Tuesday is over with and don't want to think too much about it."
Campbell 61, Auburn 54: Amir Celestin came off the bench to score 13 points, nine in the second half, as Campbell (2-2) defeated host Auburn in the Global Sports Hoops Showcase.
After Andrew Malone's three-pointer gave the Tigers (0-3) their final lead, 49-47, with 6:28 remaining, they didn't score again until the final nine seconds. Malone led the Tigers with 17 points.
Georgia 61, Saint Louis 59: Jeremy Price's layup with 1 second left lifted Georgia to a win in St. Louis. The victory snapped the Bulldogs' 11-game road losing streak. Their last road win was a 90-85 triumph at Kentucky on March 4, 2009. Travis Leslie led Georgia (3-0) with 19 points. Price added 16.
Dayton 78, Mississippi 71 (OT): Chris Johnson scored 20 points and Dayton erased a 12-point deficit in the final eight minutes to defeat Mississippi in Oxford. Josh Parker and Josh Benson scored 18 and 10 points, respectively, for the Flyers (3-0). Ole Miss (2-1) had an opportunity to win in regulation, but Chris Warren missed a three-pointer with 7 seconds left.
Iowa 55, Alabama 47: Zach McCabe scored 13 points and Eric May 12 as Iowa came back from an early 10-point deficit to defeat Alabama in a consolation-round game at the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. JaMychal Green led the Tide (2-2) with 17 points.
Georgetown College 87, Texas College 54: Maurice Pearson and Rodney Haddix (Scott County) both had double-doubles to lead the host Tigers to a win in the Jim Reid Classic finals. Pearson had 15 points and 13 rebounds. Haddix had 14 and 12.
Murray State 84, Reinhardt 70: Isaiah Canaan and Donte Poole scored 12 points each to lead a balanced attack as host Murray State won its 21st straight home game.
Presbyterian 67, Eastern Ky. 66: Al'Lonzo Coleman scored 18 points, Jake Troyli added 16 and Presbyterian held on at the end to claim a win in Richmond. Spencer Perrin (Boyle County) led EKU (2-3) with 16 points.
Salem International 97, Thomas More 83: Aaron Miller (Henry Clay) scored a team-high 22 points in the Saints' loss in the Marietta Shrine Tournament in Ohio.
Northern Ky. 69, Charleston (W.Va.) 66: Malcolm Eleby was perfect from the free-throw line on 17 attempts (an NKU record), scoring 21 points to go with six rebounds in the Norse's home victory. Josh Tabb was 10-for-14 from the line and finished with 20 points. Ethan Faulkner (Elliott County) added 10 points.
Fla. International 59, Eastern Ky. 52: The Colonels shot 54 percent in the first half, led by as many as 16 and took an 11-point lead into the locker room at the break. But they made only three field goals in the first 19 minutes of the second half and lost in Miami. Alex Jones (Elizabethtown) led EKU with 20 points and 12 rebounds.
Union 87, Berea 69: Rebecca Gray, a Scott County graduate who previously played at North Carolina and Kentucky, scored 23 points, grabbed nine rebounds and added five assists for visiting Union.
Transylvania 83, Kalamazoo 58: Olivia Akridge (Lyon County) had 18 points and five rebounds to lead the Pioneers to a home win in the Sodexho Classic finals. Kennae Demus (Lafayette) added 14 points and six rebounds.
Pikeville 82, Midway 71: Natiera Hinton, who only had one first-half point, ended up with 26 in Pikeville's win at home. She also had eight rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Thomas More 68, Anderson 40: Chelsea Tolliver (Simon Kenton) scored 19 points to lead Thomas More to a win in the championship game of the Anderson Tip-Off Tournament in Anderson, Ind.