Butler 79, Ill.-Chicago 52
Matt Howard scored 19 points Saturday to lead Butler to its
sixth straight victory in a 79-52 decision over
Andrew Smith added 16 points for the Bulldogs (20-9, 12-5),
percentage points out of second place in the Horizon League. Shawn
Vanzant scored 11, and Shelvin Mack had 10 points for his 13th
consecutive game in double figures. Mack also had a game-best six
assists, and Howard and Smith grabbed nine rebounds apiece.
Paul Carter’s 15 points paced the Flames (7-22, 2-15), who shot
just 38.2 percent and have lost six of seven. Robo Kreps added 10
Smith’s dunk with 6:41 left in the first half put Butler ahead
23-22. The Bulldogs pushed the lead to 40-27 at intermission and
were never threatened afterward.
Butler, which shot 50 percent (32 of 64), has won 27 of its last
28 games when yielding fewer than 60 points.