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Butler basketball beats IUPUI despite being way shorthanded

INDIANAPOLIS – Butler took next-man-up to an extreme Wednesday.

In a college basketball opener in which the Bulldogs were down seven players, Sean McDermott scored 26 points and led them to an 80-47 victory over IUPUI at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The Bulldogs shot 59% and have won 51 consecutive nonleague home games, the nation’s second-longest active streak. They have won 21 straight home openers.

New Orleans visits Butler on Saturday.