Dec. 19, 2005
Junior Brandon Crone scored a game-high 18 points and Butler used a stifling defense to shut down visitng Elon, 86-40, in a non-league game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Monday, Dec. 19. The victory lifted the Bulldogs to 6-4 on the year, while Elon fell to 2-8.
The Bulldogs limited Elon to just three points in the first 17 minutes of the game, while jumping to a 26-point advantage. By the time Elon scored its second field goal in the initial half, Butler held a 33-8 lead. The visitors finished the first half with just three field goals in 21 attempts, and Butler took a 36-12 advantage to the locker room!
"We responded well to such a difficult outcome on Saturday," said Butler coach Todd Lickliter referring to Butler's one-point loss to Indiana State.
"We were much more focused and we defended better as a team tonight. For about 18 minutes in the first half I thought we guarded really well."
The Bulldogs struggled early in the game, managing just one three-point field goal by Crone in the first five minutes. But that one goal was enough to give Butler the lead for good at 3-2. The home squad stretched the lead to 8-2 on a basket by A. J. Graves and a field goal and a free throw by Brandon Polk.
Elon tallied its third point eight minutes into the contest, but the Bulldogs answered with a 21-0 run to take control of the game.
Butler stretched its lead to 40 points midway through the second half, before eventually posting its largest margin at the final buzzer.
Crone led four Bulldogs in double-figures. Senior Bruce Horan hit five three-point field goals and finished with 15 points, senior Brandon Polk notched 11 and sophomore A. J. Graves added ten. Nine of Butler's ten players scored in the game, with junior Marcus Nellems (9) and freshman Ben Slaton (7) both posting career-high scoring totals. Nellems also had career-highs of seven assists and five rebounds.
The Bulldogs hit 15 of 29 shots from beyond the three-point arc. Seven different players contributed to the three-point total. Butler shot 57% from the field for the game.
Butler will close out its pre-Christmas slate with a game against Indiana at Conseco Fieldhouse on Friday, Dec. 23, at 6 p.m.