A close game throughout, Butler trailed by 5 points early – 18-13 – before coming back to briefly hold a 23-22 lead. Old Dominion finished the first half on a 7-4 run, however, to take the two point advantage.
Shelvin Mack has 11 points for the Bulldogs who shot just 36.7% from the field in the first half. Butler was just 5-14 from three-point range and was out-rebounded by ODU 13-10.
Old Dominion was much more efficient than Butler, shooting 47.8%, including 4-8 from deep. The teams combined to shoot just 4 free throws – none by Butler – and combined to commit 19 first half turnovers.