No. 9 Butler improves to 10-1 with 88-52 win over S. Utah
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Roosevelt Jones had 12 points and 10 rebounds and No. 9 Butler beat Southern Utah 88-52 on Tuesday night.
Jones was one of four Bulldogs to score in double digits as Butler (10-1) shot 63 percent from the field (37 of 58) and led by as many 41 points on the way to its seventh straight win.
Travon Langston had 17 points for Southern Utah (2-8).
The Bulldogs' stingy defense made it difficult for the Thunderbirds to get good looks at the basket, and in turn, forced Southern Utah into a dismal game, shooting 35 percent from the field (19 of 53).
Butler outscored the Thunderbirds 22-9 through the first 11 minutes of the second half to go ahead by 33 points.
For the first five minutes of the game, it looked as if Butler was going to entertain the idea of keeping it close with Southern Utah, only leading by five points. But the Bulldogs got serious fast. Butler went on three scoring runs and shot 67 percent from the field.
With about 10 minutes remaining in the first half, an 11-2 run by the Bulldog gave them a 12-point lead. After trading a few baskets with Southern Utah, sophomore Kelan Martin scored nine points during a 12-3 run that put Butler ahead by 19.
The Bulldogs finished the first half with a 10-3 run to take a 20-point lead.
Tyler Lewis had nine points and eight assists for Butler while fellow sophomore Tyler Wideman had 15 points and six rebounds.
Tuesday's win was Butler's first ever over Southern Utah. The Bulldogs lost the previous two meetings against the Thunderbirds during the 1993-94 season when the schools scheduled a same-season home and home.
Southern Utah's 52 points were the lowest allowed by Butler this season.
Butler is 6-0 when shooting better than 50 percent from the field and 9-0 when leading at halftime this season.
WHAT A DISH: The Bulldogs combined for 21 assists on 37 field goals.
Southern Utah hosts Montana State on Dec. 31.
Butler hosts IUPUI on Dec. 28.