Butler 70, Wright St. 52

Andrew Smith had 25 points and seven rebounds and Roosevelt

Jones added 11 points to lead Butler to a 70-52 victory against

Wright State on Tuesday night in the opening round of the Horizon

League tournament.

Chrishawn Hopkins scored 10 points for the fifth-seeded Bulldogs

(19-13), who face No. 4 seed Milwaukee in the second round on

Friday.

Cole Darling had 12 points for the eighth-seeded Raiders

(13-19).

Butler, the national runner-up the last two seasons with its

lowest seed in the Horizon tournament since 2005, led by a point at

intermission but broke the game open with a 13-0 run to start the

second half. Khyle Marshall had six points during the surge, which

he culminated with a dunk that made the score 43-29 with 15:28

remaining.

The Bulldogs shot 53.7 percent (22 of 41) from the floor and had

a 30-14 rebounding advantage.

Julius Mays scored 11 points for Wright State.