Butler scores upset of No. 5 North Carolina in the Bahamas

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PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – On the sandy beaches of the Caribbean-far removed from the chill of the Midwest-Butler became Butler again.

They were tenacious on the glass. They were stout on defense. While their shooting may not have been what fans are accustomed to seeing, the Bulldogs brought back some of their glory days during a trip to the Bahamas.

In their opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis Tournament in Paradise Island, Butler knocked off No. 5 North Carolina 74-66 at Imperial Arena to improve to 4-0 on the young season.

Alex Barlow and Kelan Martin led the team with 17 point a piece and were critical to the Bulldogs’ strong second half in which they outscored the Tar Heels 42-31.

While they only shot 30 percent from the floor Butler dominated the glass, outrebounding North Carolina 57-40-including a 29-14 advantage on the offensive glass. Kameron Woods led the Bulldogs with 13 rebounds including eight on the offensive end.

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