Indianapolis — Kamar Baldwin scored 13 of his 26 points down the stretch as Butler pulled away for an 84-63 win over Detroit Mercy on Monday night.
Baldwin, who missed six of his first 10 field-goal attempts, made 6 of 8 over the last 14-plus minutes and finished with six rebounds, eight assists and two steals. Joey Brunk added 13 points and Paul Jorgensen scored 12 for Butler (2-0).
Antoine Davis scored 20 points and Josh McFolley added 17 for Detroit (0-3).
Baldwin hit a 3-pointer nearly two minutes in that made it 3-2 and Butler led the rest of the way. McFolley scored the first five points and Davis the last 13 — including three 3s in an 81-second span — during an 18-4 run to open the second half that pulled the Titans within four, but the Bulldogs answered with nine consecutive points and later used a 21-5 run to make it 84-59 with 1:45 to play.
Butler shot 52 percent from the field and made 19-of-23 free throws.
South Dakota State 80, (at) Central Michigan 71: Madison Guebert scored 24 and Macy Miller added 23 for South Dakota State (2-1), which took advantage of a Central Michigan cold shooting spell (11-of-30, 36.6 percent) in the second half to pull away. Presley Hudson had 24 points, Reyna Frost 19 and Micaela Kelly 17 to lead Central (1-1).
(At) Loyola Chicago 52, Detroit Mercy 43: Allison Day had 14 points on 6-of-9 shooting with nine rebounds to lead Loyola (1-1). Brittney Jackson, Zoey Oatis and Paige Bellman each had eight points for UDM (1-2).
Men Top 25
(At) No. 2 Kansas 84, Vermont 68: Lagerald Vick was 8 of 8 from beyond the 3-point arc and scored a career-high 32 points, Udoka Azubuike added 23 points and 10 rebounds, and second-ranked Kansas (2-0) slogged its way to a victory over Vermont (1-1).
(At) No. 7 North Carolina 90, Stanford 72: Kenny Williams scored 12 points after starting the season by missing his first 10 shots, and North Carolina (3-0) dominated the first half to beat Stanford (2-1) in its home opener.
(At) No. 12 Kansas State 64, Denver 56: Barry Brown scored 15 of his 25 points in the second half and Kansas State (2-0) held off pesky Denver (1-1).
No. 25 Buffalo 62, (at) Southern Illinois 53: Montell McRae and Jeremy Harris each scored 11 points as Buffalo (3-0) pulled away from Southern Illinois (0-2)in the second half.