No. 13 Butler romps Wright State
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – A.J. Graves finished with 19 points and
hit four three-pointers, as the 13th-ranked Butler Bulldogs pounded the Wright
State Raiders, 73-42, in a Horizon League clash.
Pete Campbell also nailed four treys and ended with 12 points for the Bulldogs
(14-1, 3-0 Horizon), who have won four in a row since suffering their lone
loss of the season to Indiana State.
Drew Streicher shot a perfect 4-of-4 from the floor for 10 points, while
Julian Betko donated eight points as Butler improved to 6-0 at home.
DaShaun Wood was the lone Wright State player in double-figures with 12 points
as the Raiders (9-7, 2-1) had a four-game winning streak ended while suffering
their first conference loss.
Todd Brown had nine points in the loss — all in the first half.
Holding onto a slim two-point lead after four straight points by Brown, Butler
erupted for 16 straight points to seize control.
A layup from Betko started the burst 7:11 into the contest, while Campbell
netted the final six points on a pair of three-pointers to put the Bulldogs on
top, 27-9, with 7:31 remaining in the first half.
Wood stopped the bleeding for Wright State with a pair of free throws before
Graves knocked down three in a row from the line to make it 30-11.
Butler, which shot 46 percent from the floor in the first half, carried a
36-20 lead into the break. Campbell was a perfect 3-for-3 from three-point
range in the opening 20 minutes to lead the Bulldogs with nine points.
A 14-0 spurt by Butler in the second half put the game out of reach for good.
Brandon Crone and Streicher each turned in three-point plays, while Graves
culminated the burst with back-to-back treys to make it 55-25 with 14 minutes
left on the clock.
The Raiders never recovered.
Butler shot 47 percent from the floor, while Wright State hit 38 percent of
its shots from the field…Jordan Pleiman and Tyrone Scott each had seven
points for the Raiders…Crone ended with seven points and six boards…The
Raiders fell to 2-6 in true road games…The Bulldogs lead the all-time
series, 16-12. The schools split their two meetings last season.