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Howard scores 22 to lead No. 14 Butler

Thursday, January 10, 2008

By CLIFF BRUNT

AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- Matt Howard had 22 points and nine rebounds, and No. 14 Butler beat Wisconsin-Green Bay 74-65 on Thursday night for its seventh straight win.

Mike Green scored 18 points, A.J. Graves added 13 and Willie Veasley had seven points and a career-high 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs (15-1, 4-1 Horizon League), who tied the 2002-03 team for the best start in school history.

Terry Evans led Green Bay (9-6, 3-2) with 12 points and 13 rebounds while Mike Schachtner added 11 points.

The Bulldogs, known as an outside-shooting team, pounded Green Bay in the paint. The Bulldogs made just three 3-pointers, but outrebounded the Phoenix 38-30 and outscored them 29-10 from the free throw line.

It was Butler's seventh straight win in the series.

No. 14 BUTLER 74, WIS.-GREEN BAY 65

WIS.-GREEN BAY (9-6)

Evans 4-11 4-6 12, Berry 2-2 2-4 6, Schachtner 5-9 0-0 11, Fletcher 6-13 0-1 12, Tillema 3-8 3-4 10, Perine 0-3 0-0 0, Cotton 0-2 0-0 0, Segura 2-3 0-0 6, Barkley 2-3 1-3 6, Morris 1-1 0-0 2. Totals 25-55 10-18 65.

BUTLER (15-1)

Streicher 0-1 0-0 0, Howard 5-6 12-15 22, Betko 0-5 0-2 0, Graves 4-10 5-6 13, Green 5-11 8-13 18, Vanzant 0-2 0-0 0, Hahn 2-3 2-2 8, Veasley 3-7 1-1 7, Jukes 0-0 1-2 1, Campbell 2-5 0-0 5. Totals 21-50 29-41 74.

Halftime--Butler 37-34. 3-Point Goals--Wis.-Green Bay 5-15 (Segura 2-3, Tillema 1-1, Schachtner 1-1, Barkley 1-2, Evans 0-1, Cotton 0-2, Perine 0-2, Fletcher 0-3), Butler 3-19 (Hahn 2-3, Campbell 1-4, Streicher 0-1, Vanzant 0-1, Green 0-2, Graves 0-4, Betko 0-4). Fouled Out--Berry, Schachtner, Tillema. Rebounds--Wis.-Green Bay 30 (Evans 13), Butler 38 (Veasley 11). Assists--Wis.-Green Bay 10 (Barkley, Evans, Fletcher, Tillema 2), Butler 11 (Graves, Green, Streicher, Vanzant 2). Total Fouls--Wis.-Green Bay 30, Butler 20. A--3,226.



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