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Kellen Dunham's 19 points leads No. 23 Butler past Northwestern 65-56

  • Butler guard Kellen Dunham (24) drives the ball around the court as he is defended by Northwestern guard Bryant McIntosh (30) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Indianapolis. Butler defeated Northwestern 65-56. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

    Butler guard Kellen Dunham (24) drives the ball around the court as he is defended by Northwestern guard Bryant McIntosh (30) during the second half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Indianapolis. Butler defeated Northwestern 65-56. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Butler forward Roosevelt Jones, center, shootsto the basket after beating Northwestern guard JerShon Cobb (23) upcourt during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

    Butler forward Roosevelt Jones, center, shootsto the basket after beating Northwestern guard JerShon Cobb (23) upcourt during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)  (The Associated Press)

  • Northwestern guard Sanjay Lumpkin, right, comes up short on a slam dunk-attempt as he is pressured by Butler forward Roosevelt Jones (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)

    Northwestern guard Sanjay Lumpkin, right, comes up short on a slam dunk-attempt as he is pressured by Butler forward Roosevelt Jones (21) during the first half of an NCAA college basketball game, Saturday, Dec. 6, 2014, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Doug McSchooler)  (The Associated Press)

Kellen Dunham scored 19 points to lead No. 23 Butler past Northwestern 65-56 on Saturday.

Roosevelt Jones added 12 points and six rebounds as the Bulldogs held off a late surge by the Wildcats to earn their seventh win of the season.

Butler held a six-point lead with under four minutes left when Nathan Taphorn's 3-pointer pulled Northwestern within three. The Bulldogs capped off a 5-0 run with Alex Barlow's steal and fast-break layup, pulling ahead by eight with two minutes to play and forcing the Wildcats to call a timeout.

Northwestern's Bryant McIntosh hoisted an off-balance 3-point attempt with 30 seconds left, but it bounced off the back of the rim.

Butler got the rebound and a free throw by Kameron Woods helped put away the Wildcats.