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The Huskies stopped worrying about being pretty a long time ago.

Butler’s only basket in the lane came on a layup by Andrew Smith with 6:13 to play. It drew a roar from the decidedly pro-Butler crowd, but the score was still 41-30. Smith was 2 of 9 from the floor and Butler made just three 2-point field goals.

“They’re very athletic,” Butler point guard Shelvin Mack said. “They contested shots that people normally wouldn’t be able to contest.”

The Bulldogs took a 22-19 lead into the break, and stretched it to six on a 3-pointer by Chase Stigall moments into the second half, but that would be their last push.

Oriakhi collected himself on offense as the Huskies started flexing their muscle. They finished with 26 points in the lane and didn’t get lulled into playing “The Butler Way.”

Coach Jim Calhoun preaches defense first, and the Huskies responded with a performance that made up for in effort what it lacked in polish.

“You need to understand that defense is going to really take you and hold you in any game till your offense gets going,” Calhoun said. “I think that’s what happened tonight.”