INDIANAPOLIS -- Rotnei Clarke scored 15 points and Butler defeated Ball State 67-53 on Saturday.
Andrew Smith added 12 points and Khyle Marshall scored 10 points and had six rebounds for the Bulldogs (5-2). The game was tied at 33 at halftime, but Butler used a 10-0 run early in the second half to take control.
Clarke made just 5 of 18 shots, but had five assists for the Bulldogs. Butler shot 41 percent from the field and Ball State made 44 percent of its shots.
Butler next faces IUPUI and Northwestern before playing No. 1 Indiana in two weeks.
Florida State's student government has passed a resolution discouraging Seminoles fans from wearing Native American headdresses at games.
The second annual Gavitt Tipoff Games, eight games between members of the Big East and Big Ten to be played Nov. 14-18, will feature Villanova at Purdue in the opener.
Michael Lewis is leaving his assistant coaching job at Butler to take the same position at Nebraska under Tim Miles.