Jan. 5, 2009
Indianapolis, Ind. - Butler shot a season-high 51.7 percent from the field with all but one player scoring in the game, as the Bulldogs opened up as much as a 32-point first-half lead en route to a convincing 84-50 victory over visiting Youngstown State on Monday (Jan. 5) evening at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Lade Akande led the way with 13 points, Brittany Bowen added 12 and Candace Jones chipped in eight points and team highs with eight rebounds and five assists as the Bulldogs (7-6, 2-0 Horizon League) picked up their sixth win in their last eight contests.
After the two teams battled through a sluggish opening four minutes that featured just one field goal per side, the Bulldogs erupted for 17 unanswered points over the next six to cruise out to a 19-2 lead.
The onslaught continued down the stretch, as Butler delivered one offensive blow after another to build up an overwhelming 42-10 lead with a minute and a half to go in the period. The Bulldog defense, meanwhile, held the Penguins to just 6-for-29 shooting from the field in the half and single digit scoring through nearly 16 minutes of play.
Not much changed after the break, as the Bulldogs managed to improve on their 51.4 percent (18-for-35) shooting in the first by hitting 52.2 percent (12-for-23) in the second.
YSU was able to more than double its 14 first points following the intermission, but the improvement would be far from enough as the Bulldogs led by no fewer than 28 in the final 15 minutes.
The 34-point margin of victory was the Bulldogs second 30+ point win in the last three games. Butler's 43-point decision over Christian Brothers a week ago ranked as the 15th-largest margin of victory in the program's history.
Butler continued to follow the recipe for success it has followed all season, improving to 7-0 on the year when leading at halftime and 6-1 when holding an opponent to fewer than 60 points. The Bulldogs once again dominated in bench scoring, topping the Penguins, 37-10, and cashed in 22 YSU turnovers into 33 points.
Butler spread the offensive wealth quite thoroughly, as 12 of the 13 players who entered the game scored.
Akande finished with a 5-for-8 effort from the field for a team-high 13 points and added six boards. Bowen went 4-of-8 for 12 points, while Jones tallied eight points and team-highs with eight boards and five assists.
Butler hits the road for the first time in conference play on Thursday (Jan. 8) when it takes on Detroit beginning at 7:00 p.m. in Calihan Hall.