Saturday , Jan , 27 , 2007 C.Y. Ellis

Butler hopes to continue winning ways in Motor City

Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – The 14th-ranked Butler Bulldogs continue to be
the class of the Horizon League, and they hope to score yet another win in
today’s meeting with the Detroit Titans.

On Thursday, Butler once again showed its toughness by knocking off a solid
Loyola-Chicago team on the road by a 70-66 final in overtime. The victory was
the fourth in a row for the Bulldogs, who are a stellar 18-2 overall this
season, including 6-1 against Horizon League foes.

With back-to-back wins, Detroit has managed to improve to 7-12 overall and 4-4
in conference. Like Butler, the Titans also recorded an overtime victory, as
the 91-84 decision over Wisconsin-Milwukee featured the team’s best offensive
output of the season by a wide margin.

Butler holds a 33-27 edge in the all-time series with Detroit, and the teams
will meet again next month.

A.J. Graves was the hero once again for Butler in the win over Loyola-Chicago
just two days ago, as the standout guard nailed three shots from behind the
arc in overtime. Graves finished with 26 points, and the fact that he missed
two free throw attempts in the contest was surprising considering that he
entered the contest as the nation’s most efficient shooter from the charity
stripe. Pete Campbell pitched in 12 points for the Bulldogs, who only
committed seven turnovers in 45 minutes of action. Defensively, they limited
Loyola to 34.3 percent shooting. All of the positives enabled the squad to
overcome a 48-35 rebounding disadvantage. Graves is averaging 18.6 ppg this
season and is undoubtedly a front-runner for Horizon League Player of the Year
honors. Mike Green adds 13.4 ppg to the lineup for the Bulldogs, and Brandon
Crone is contributing 10.6 ppg.

Prior to scoring 91 points on Thursday night, Detroit had been held to 66 or
fewer points in nine consecutive outings and had not surpassed 73 points in
any game. The Titans shot 50.8 percent from the floor against Wisconsin-
Milwaukee, and they racked up 20 assists in the contest. A 41-22 rebounding
advantage, including 17-9 on the offensive glass, certainly helped the team.
Jon Goode scored a team-high 18 points off the bench to lead the way, and
Ryvon Covile finished with 15 points and nine rebounds. Detroit also got 14
points apiece from Chris Hayes, Brandon Bell and Brandon Cotton. Cotton is the
team’s leading scorer through 19 games with 17.9 ppg, and he is netting an
even more impressive 19.5 ppg against league foes. As for Covile, he is
averaging 13.2 ppg and 11.3 rpg overall. The Titans are far from explosive at
the offensive end, as they are only scoring 61.9 ppg this season.