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Howard leads No. 16 Butler past Phoenix

Thursday, January 22, 2009

By MICHAEL MAROT

AP Sports Writer

INDIANAPOLIS -- Matt Howard scored 15 points and No. 16 Butler got its offense in sync in the second half, rallying to beat conference rival Wisconsin-Green Bay 68-59 on Thursday.

The Bulldogs won their ninth in a row overall, their ninth straight over the Phoenix and are now 17-1 (8-0 Horizon League) for the first time in school history.

Rahmon Fletcher scored 22 points for Green Bay (14-6, 6-2), which lost for only the second time in 10 games.

Butler has won 19 straight Horizon League games and improved to 9-0 at home this season with the victory.

For two of the conference's hottest teams, this was anything but a typical night.

Howard and Willie Veasley spent most of the first half on Butler's bench because of foul trouble, and Green Bay got itself into foul trouble early in the second half.

The shooting was brutal early, too. Butler was 7-of-25 from the field in the first half, giving the Phoenix a chance to take advantage. Instead, Green Bay was 10-of-27 and led only 25-22 at the half.

Green Bay's inability to build a bigger lead eventually proved costly when the Bulldogs regained their shooting touch in the second half.

Fletcher opened the half by curling around for layups from the left side on four straight possessions to give Green Bay a 33-27 lead.

But Veasley, who finished with nine points, provided the spark Butler needed.

He started a 7-0 spurt by making two free throws, then finished it with a long 3 to give Butler a 34-33 lead with 13:11 to go.

Green Bay's Terry Evans answered by dunking a rebound, momentarily stemming the tide.

But with the Phoenix struggling to keep its normal rotation in the game, Butler repeatedly went inside to Howard, and the sophomore forward delivered with a tip-in, back-to-back layups and a free throw for a personal 7-0 run. That flurry gave Butler a 41-35 lead with 9:54 left.

And the Phoenix couldn't get close than five the rest of the night.

Shelvin Mack scored all of his 11 points in the second half for Butler.

Troy Cotton finished with 13 for Green Bay and Ryan Tillema came off the bench to score 10.

No. 16 BUTLER 68, GREEN BAY 59

GREEN BAY (14-6)

Evans 2-9 0-0 4, Berry 0-0 0-0 0, Schachtner 2-6 0-0 5, Cotton 4-6 3-3 13, Fletcher 9-18 2-2 22, Perine 2-6 0-0 5, Eaton 0-1 0-0 0, Walls 0-0 0-0 0, Tillema 3-8 3-6 10, Nelson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 22-55 8-11 59.

BUTLER (17-1)

Hayward 5-9 2-4 14, Veasley 2-5 4-4 9, Howard 4-7 7-10 15, Mack 4-7 1-2 11, Nored 1-4 0-2 3, Vanzant 2-4 1-2 6, Hahn 3-8 0-0 8, Leiendecker 0-0 0-0 0, Jukes 1-3 0-0 2, Butcher 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 22-50 15-24 68.

Halftime--Green Bay 25-22. 3-Point Goals--Green Bay 7-18 (Cotton 2-2, Fletcher 2-6, Schachtner 1-2, Perine 1-2, Tillema 1-4, Evans 0-2), Butler 9-26 (Mack 2-5, Hayward 2-5, Hahn 2-7, Vanzant 1-2, Veasley 1-3, Nored 1-3, Jukes 0-1). Fouled Out--Berry, Cotton, Veasley. Rebounds--Green Bay 31 (Tillema 7), Butler 35 (Howard 8). Assists--Green Bay 11 (Fletcher 4), Butler 14 (Mack 8). Total Fouls--Green Bay 23, Butler 19. A--5,355.



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