INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Aaron Thompson had a career-high 21 points as Butler defeated Western Michigan 66-62 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.
B.Artis White had 17 points for the Broncos.
A total of 1,500 fans were allowed inside 9,100-seat Hinkle Fieldhouse for the game.