The Butler men eclipsed the century mark in scoring for the third time in as many games this season, holding off a determined Hesston squad in a 103-92 win on Wednesday at the Power Plant.
Butler, now 3-0, is averaging 123 points per game. While the Grizzlies have won all three games by double digits, Wednesday's game was a competitive contest throughout.
Butler led 11-6 early on before Hesston went on an 11-2 run, taking their biggest lead at 17-13 after a 3-pointer by Aubrey Johnson with 14:44 to play in the first half.
Butler would not trail again, going up by as many as eight points before taking a 44-40 lead at the break.
The Grizzlies went on a run to start the second half, and after another 3-pointer from Berry, his third of the game, Butler was up 62-48 with 15:17 to go.
The lead would stretch to as many as 18 points at 76-58 with 9:38 remaining.
Hesston wouldn't go away, and chipped away at Butler's lead. A flurry of scoring cut the lead to 91-88 with 4:04 to go.
Jared Armstrong made back-to-back layups to push the lead back to 95-89 with 2:58 to go. Hesston would get within three points on one more occasion, but Butler finally pulled away late.
Butler shot 51 percent from the floor (36-71) and 46 percent from 3-point range (10-22). Butler doubled up Hesston in rebounds, 46-23.
After going 3-0 against non-conference opponents, Butler now opens Jayhawk Conference play with a home game on Saturday against Garden City (4-0) at 7:30 p.m.