February 23, 2005

Hot-Shooting Butler Defeats Youngstown State, 79-59

Feb. 23, 2005

Box Score

Junior Brandon Polk matched his career-high with 24 points and led a hot-shooting Butler squad to a 79-59 victory over Youngstown State in a Horizon League game at the Beeghly Center in Youngstown, Ohio, on Wednesday, Feb. 23. The win was Butler's second straight and lifted the Bulldogs to 12-14 on the year and 6-9 in league play. Youngstown State fell to 5-21 overall and 2-13 in league action.

Polk, the best field goal shooter in the Horizon League, wasn't the best shooter on the floor for the Bulldogs against Youngstown State, despite hitting 10 of 17 (.588) shots! All five Butler starters shot 50% or better, and the Bulldogs blistered the nets at a .592 (29-49) clip for the game. Forward Brandon Crone hit three of four shots (.750) and guard Bruce Horan hit four of six (.667).

The Bulldogs hit five of their first seven shots in the game and quickly jumped to a 12-2 advantage in their final regular season road contest. Youngstown State did battle back to tie the game at 18-18, but the Bulldogs answered with a 13-2 scoring run to take command for good.

Butler shot 64% from the field in the first half, including six of seven (.857) from beyond the three-point arc, and claimed a 44-32 advantage at intermission. Polk scored 14 of his game-high 24 points in the first 20 minutes.

The Bulldogs continued to carry a hot hand in the second half and stretched the lead to as many as 25 points late in the game. Horan chipped in with 13 points, while junior Avery Sheets and sophomore center Jamie Smalligan chipped in with 12 points apiece. Polk, who matched his previous career scoring-high set earlier this season against Loyola, led the Bulldogs in rebounding with six.

Senior forward Brian Radakovich topped the home squad with 14 points, while sophomore Quin Humphrey added 11.

Butler will close out the regular season at home on Saturday, Feb. 26, against UIC. The 12 noon contest at Hinkle Fieldhouse will be televised live on Fox Sports Net.