Butler 71, Youngstown St. 55

Andrew Smith scored 20 points and led a strong inside game that

carried Butler to a 71-55 victory over Youngstown State on


Kameron Woods added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs

(10-9, 4-3 Horizon), while Jackson Aldridge also had 10 points.

Butler outrebounded the Penguins 38-25, leading to a 17-4 advantage

in second-chance points.

Ashen Ward led Youngstown State (9-8, 4-3) with 21 points.

Kendrick Perry added 10.

The Bulldogs never trailed after going on an early 11-0 run that

put them on top 13-6. Butler turned that into a 34-27 halftime

advantage, then used a 9-1 run in the second half to extend the

lead to 46-33 with 12:27 remaining.

Butler grabbed its biggest lead, 56-36, when Chrishawn Hopkins

nailed a 3-pointer with 8:18 left in the game.