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

Illinois-Chicago.

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

points.

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.