College Basketball

Aaron Thompson scores 21 to lift Butler over W. Michigan 66-62

The Butler University Bulldog logo is displayed on the campus on Oct. 10, 2019. (WISH Photo)

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.

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