Bulldogs Shine In BrackBuster Win

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INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Five Bulldogs scored in double-figures and the Butler men's basketball team picked up a commanding 75-54 win over Indiana State in the Sears BracketBuster X game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday.  The win lifted Butler to 17-12 on the year and clinched a seventh consecutive winning season for the Bulldogs.

In front of a sellout Hinkle Fieldhouse crowd of 10,000, Butler never trailed en route to winning its fourth consecutive game.

Freshman forward Roosevelt Jones (right) notched his third double-double of the season, tying teammate and fellow freshman Kameron Woods for the most double-doubles by a freshman in Butler men's basketball history. Jones finished with 11 points and a game-high 12 rebounds.

Senior guard Ronald Nored dished out a career-high 10 assists in the Bulldogs' winning effort.

"I think we're doing a really good job at finding sports where we can be successful," Nored said. "You're either choosing (Chase) Stigall or (Chrishawn) Hopkins shooting the ball or (Khyle) Marshall or (Andrew) Smith at the rim. All I have to do is throw it and pray to God they make it."

Nored was one of several catalysts for Butler's impressive offensive performance. The Bulldogs shot a blistering 45 percent from the field, while shooting 8-for-20 from beyond the arc.

The Bulldogs broke a 2-2 tie with five consecutive points from Nored and then stretched their lead to 15, 23-8, on the strength of a 16-6 run.  Five different Butler players contributed to the run, with sophomore Erik Fromm leading the way with seven points.

But Indiana State (16-12) battled back and trimmed Butler's lead to four, 30-26, on a three-point field goal by R. J. Mahurin (the nephew of former Butler player Doug Mahurin) with just over three minutes remaining in the first half.

That's as close as the Sycamore would come.  Butler finished the first half with a 7-1 run to take a 37-27 halftime lead, and the Bulldogs maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half.

Smith topped the Bulldogs with 12 points, while Fromm and Hopkins joined Jones with 11 points.  Marshall chipped in with 10 points.  Mahurin led all scorers with 22 points.

"The best thing about today is that we played well in front of 10,000 people at Hinkle Fieldhouse," Butler head coach Brad Stevens said. "It says a lot about our fans when they keep coming in droves. I think they've enjoyed watching us evolve."

Butler will look to continue its evolution when it plays host to UIC on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. The game, the Bulldogs' Senior Day, will be the final regular season home game for Nored and forward Garrett Butcher.