Roosevelt Jones Earns League Honor

INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Freshmen Roosevelt Jones, who helped lift Butler to a pair of key road victories, has been named Horizon League Men’s Basketball Player of the Week, for the week of Feb. 6-12.  He’s the first freshman to receive the league’s weekly honor this season.

Jones averaged 14.0 points and 8.0 rebounds, while shooting .526 (10-19) from the field, in Butler’s back-to-back victories at Youngstown State and at Cleveland State.  The two wins lifted the Bulldogs to 15-12 on the year and 9-6 in Horizon League action.  Butler enters this week’s action in a three-way tie with Detroit and Youngstown State for third place in the league standings.

The 6-4 Jones posted 11 points and nine rebounds, while helping Butler to a 68-59 victory at Youngstown State.  He had a key rebound and put-back midway through the second half to give Butler a 44-38 lead, and the host Penguins never got closer than four points the rest of the game.
 
Two days later, the first-year player from O’Fallon, Ill., scored a career-high 17 points, while leading the Bulldogs to a 52-49 victory at Cleveland State.  He scored 11 points in the first half to help Butler to a 28-18 halftime lead, and his final point in the contest tied the game at 47-47 with under four minutes remaining.  He matched his career-high with seven free throws against the Vikings, including five in a row in the first half.

Jones is averaging 7.7 points and 6.2 rebounds on the season, but he’s averaged team-bests of 13.2 points and 9.4 rebounds over Butler’s last five games.  The Butler forward currently leads the Bulldogs and ranks third in the Horizon League with 69 offensive rebounds.  He had six offensive boards in Butler’s two wins in Ohio.

Butler will host Loyola in a league game on Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. (ET), before taking a break from league play to participate in Sears BracketBuster X at home on Saturday, Feb. 18.  The Bulldogs will host state foe Indiana State at 2 p.m. (ET) in the BracketBuster event.

(Photos by John Fetcho)