The game marked the Butler debut of coach LaVell Jordan, who helped the Bulldogs to conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances as both a player and an assistant coach.
Butler doubled up the Owls in the first half, taking a 48-24 advantage into intermission.
The Bulldogs shot 50 percent from the field, hitting 32 of 64 attempts, but just 6 of 25 from distance. Paul Jorgensen and Tyler Wideman contributed 14 and 13 points, respectively.
James Scott scored 26 points, hitting 10 of 19 shots from the field, including 4 of 9 from behind the 3-point arc, to lead Kennesaw State. Tristan Jarrett scored 15 points off the bench.
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