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No. 17 Butler overcomes poor shooting, ball-handling to get past New Orleans 57-44

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    Butler forward Khyle Marshall, right, shoots over New Orleans forward Eddie Denard during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)The Associated Press

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    New Orleans forward Lovell Cook, front, blocks out Butler forward Khyle Marshall in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)The Associated Press

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    Butler forward Roosevelt Jones, left, drives past New Orleans guard Corey Blake during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)The Associated Press

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    New Orleans forward Lovell Cook, front, blocks out Butler forward Khyle Marshall in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)The Associated Press

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    Butler center Andrew Smith, right, shoots over New Orleans forward Lovell Cook in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in Indianapolis, Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. (AP Photo/Michael Conroy)The Associated Press

Kellen Dunham scored 15 points and Khyle Marshall added 13, leading No. 17 Butler past New Orleans 57-44 on Saturday.

The Bulldogs (12-2) are 7-0 at home this season and will take a nine-game winning streak into their Atlantic 10 debut Tuesday night at Saint Joseph's.

The Privateers (3-10) were led by Lovell Cook with 11 points and Traddarius McPhearson with 10. But they have lost five straight, are 0-6 in true road games this season and have dropped 15 consecutive road games against Division I opponents.

Butler's sloppy play made this game closer than expected.

They trailed 9-7 midway through the first half and didn't take control until closing the first half on a 9-3 run to take a 24-18 lead.

The Bulldogs opened the second half on an 8-2 spurt to make it 32-20, and New Orleans couldn't get closer than eight points the rest of the way.