Butler 75, Evansville 67

Saturday, December 22, 2012 2:00 PM
Location - Hinkle Fieldhouse, Indianapolis, Indiana
Officials - Michael Ashurst, Dave Draucker, Kevin O'Connell
Attendance - 9190

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Evansville 31 36 67
Butler 35 40 75

Recap


No. 25 Butler 75, Evansville 67:
Rotnei Clarke and Andrew Smith scored 20 points apiece as the host Bulldogs completed a five-game sweep of their Hoosier State foes by holding off the Purple Aces.

Kellen Dunham had 13 points, Roosevelt Jones scored 12 and Kameron Woods recorded 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulldogs (9-2), who have won six straight and were coming off an upset of unbeaten and top-ranked Indiana 88-86 in overtime Dec. 15.

Colt Ryan led the Purple Aces with a season-high 25 points, including five in a nine-second span to cut Butler's lead to 71-67 with 26 seconds left. Ryan added five rebounds, five assists and five steals as Evansville (7-5) had its two-game winning streak against Butler snapped.

The Bulldogs erased a 9-3 deficit and took their biggest lead of the first half - 30-21 - after Dunham's three free throws with 4:46 left completed a 13-4 run. The Purple Aces answered with a 10-5 half-ending spurt, ignited by Ryan's four-point play.

Butler opened a 48-36 lead after Clarke's three-point play with 13:43 remaining before Evansville scored seven straight points. The Bulldogs extended their advantage with an 8-2 run, with four points apiece from Jones and Dunham, to take a 56-45 lead with 7:11 left.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Butler made its first 15 free throws before Smith missed with 3:49 to go. The Bulldogs finished 23-for-27 from the line. ... Butler also defeated Indiana schools Ball State, IUPUI and Division III Hanover. ... The Bulldogs improved to 170-25 at home since the start of the 1999-2000 season.

Evansville Purple Aces

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Lewis Jones 23:00 2-3 0-0 2-2 0 3 3 0 5 2 1 0 6
Egidijus Mockevicius 11:00 2-4 0-0 1-2 0 1 1 0 2 0 0 1 5
Colt Ryan 39:00 8-22 2-7 7-9 3 2 5 5 3 5 3 0 25
Troy Taylor 22:00 1-2 0-0 0-0 2 4 6 6 3 1 3 0 2
Ned Cox 38:00 4-13 1-3 3-4 0 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 12
Jordan Jahr 18:00 2-4 1-2 0-0 1 3 4 1 2 0 0 0 5
Ryan Sawvell 27:00 5-7 0-0 0-0 2 4 6 0 3 0 1 0 10
D.J. Balentine 16:00 1-5 0-2 0-1 0 1 1 0 3 0 2 0 2
Jordan Nelson 6:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 25-61 4-15 13-18 8 19 27 14 24 9 10 1 67
  41.0% 26.7% 72.2% Team Rebs: 4   Total TO: 10

Butler Bulldogs

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Rotnei Clarke 33:00 6-13 3-6 5-5 0 3 3 1 2 0 5 0 20
Khyle Marshall 17:00 0-2 0-0 0-0 1 2 3 0 2 0 1 1 0
Andrew Smith 32:00 6-8 1-2 7-9 1 5 6 4 2 1 2 2 20
Alex Barlow 15:00 0-1 0-0 0-0 0 2 2 0 5 1 1 0 0
Kellen Dunham 31:00 4-10 0-4 5-5 0 5 5 1 1 1 2 0 13
Kameron Woods 24:00 3-4 0-0 4-6 3 9 12 2 1 0 1 1 10
Roosevelt Jones 25:00 5-6 0-0 2-2 0 2 2 0 4 0 4 1 12
Chase Stigall 18:00 0-4 0-3 0-0 0 2 2 2 4 1 1 0 0
Erik Fromm 5:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 24-49 4-16 23-27 6 30 36 10 21 5 17 5 75
  49.0% 25.0% 85.2% Team Rebs: 5   Total TO: 17