No. 23 Butler 63, Detroit 58
Butler’s last loss is still fresh in Gordon Hayward’s mind, even
though it came in December.
Hayward had 18 points and 10 rebounds to lead No. 23 Butler past
Detroit 63-58 on Thursday night for its 11th straight win.
Matt Howard finished with 11 points and Ronald Nored scored nine
for the Bulldogs (19-4, 12-0 Horizon League), whose last loss came
to UAB on Dec. 22. Butler’s winning streak matches the fourth
longest in program history.
“Definitely still remember the loss,” said Hayward, who went 4
of 7 from the field and made all 10 of his free throw attempts.
“The losses hurt so much. We’re not really looking at that, we’re
just looking at the next day.”
Butler hosts conference foe Wright State on Saturday night.
“We’re not really looking at 11, we’re trying to see if we
can’t play better in No. 12,” Bulldogs coach Brad Stevens
Chase Simon had 15 points and Thomas Kennedy scored 12 for
Detroit (14-9, 7-5), which dropped its eighth straight to Butler.
The Titans were trying to beat a ranked team on the road for the
first time since Feb. 1979.
The Bulldogs escaped with a 64-62 overtime win at Detroit on
“They are a really good basketball team who could beat a lot of
people on a given day,” Stevens said. “They are very, very
After opening the game with 10 straight points, Butler fell
behind 16-15 midway through the first half. Despite committing 10
turnovers, resulting in 11 Detroit points, the Bulldogs took a
30-26 lead on Avery Jukes’ rebound and tip-in at the buzzer.
“We knew we had to play very well and we wanted to get off to a
good start to win the basketball game,” Titans coach Ray McCallum
said. “A slow start affected us, but I thought we came back and
played through it.”
Butler opened a six-point lead on Shawn Vanzant’s 3-pointer with
13 minutes left in the game, but Kennedy’s 3 got the Titans within
45-44 a few minutes later. Hayward scored the next six points to
help Butler regain the momentum.
Stevens said the consecutive three-point plays by Hayward was
the turning point.
“In retrospect you’d say that, but I don’t think you feel that
as a coach,” Stevens said. “You just want to finish the game,
finish the game, finish the game.”
Detroit cut the deficit to 53-50 with 4 minutes left, but the
Bulldogs answered with a 10-3 run to seal the victory.
“We’re just finding ways to win,” Hayward said. “That’s what
you got to do in a tough conference schedule like we have.”
Butler tied a season-high with 21 turnovers, compared to
“Somehow we got the win,” Hayward said. “That’s a really good
feeling if we can pull games out like this.”