Red-hot Butler keeps rolling
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Pete Campbell scored 28 points on 8-of-11
shooting from three-point range as 10th-ranked Butler crushed Cleveland State,
92-50, at the Wolstein Center.
Mike Green added 14 points and nine assists for the Bulldogs (23-2, 11-1
Horizon), who won their ninth consecutive game. Brandon Crone chipped in with
13 points and six rebounds while A.J. Graves had 12 points and seven helpers.
J’Nathan Bullock netted 18 points for the reeling Vikings (8-18, 2-11), who
dropped their fourth straight contest. Victor Morris tallied 12 points and
Bahaadar Russell finished with 10 points.
The game was a laugher from the opening tip.
Butler raced out of the blocks to take a 17-4 advantage less than seven
minutes into the game. Green and Crone started things with consecutive threes
and Crone finished the burst with a lay-in.
The Bulldogs continued to pull away from there. Another Crone triple gave
Butler its first 20-plus point cushion, 33-12, with 6:22 left in the opening
Campbell’s three then capped the scoring in the half with the Bulldogs holding
an insurmountable 45-25 lead. Butler shot a gaudy 64 percent in the half and
were a red hot 12-of-19 from long range.
The Bulldogs continued to toy with the Vikings in the second half. A 19-0 run
late in the game, highlighted by Campbell’s eighth three of the contest, put
Butler on top 87-43.
Butler owns a commanding 21-5 advantage in the all-time series with Cleveland
State, including a 70-45 victory over the Vikings earlier this season…Butler
finished 20-of-33 from long range while the Vikings were just 4-for-13…The
Bulldogs had 27 assists on 33 field goals…The Bulldogs have climbed all the
way to the 10th spot in the AP poll for the first time in school
history…Butler’s 23-2 record is the best 25-game mark in program history.