Butler Over Youngstown State, 78-69

Butler Over Youngstown State, 78-69

YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio (AP) -- Matt Howard scored 20 points and Pete Campbell had 19, including two timely 3-pointers that helped No. 12 Butler put away Youngstown State 78-69 Saturday night.

Butler (17-2, 6-2 Horizon League) shot 44 percent from beyond the arc, using a flurry of 3-pointers to thwart Youngstown State's repeated comeback attempts. The Bulldogs, coming off a 56-52 loss Thursday night at Cleveland State, wasted no time in taking their frustrations out against the Penguins (7-11, 3-5).

Their 12-0 run midway through the first half put them ahead 21-11 and they led by as many as 20 before going to the locker room with a 40-22 lead.

But Jack Liles' three-point play got Youngstown State within 54-46 with 10:30 left. Campbell and A.J. Graves responded by combining for four straight 3-pointers to keep the Penguins down. Youngstown State never gave up and made the final score look closer than the game actually was.

Liles led the Penguins with a career-high 21 points. Youngstown state has lost 13 of 14 against Butler.

Mike Green, who leads Butler in scoring, rebounding and assists, did it all again for the Bulldogs, finishing with 16 points, 10 assists and eight rebounds. Butler had struggled against Cleveland State without Green, who got into foul trouble and played just eight minutes in the first half.

When the Bulldogs weren't dropping 3-pointers, Howard was scoring underneath. The 6-foot-8, 225-pound freshman, who has scored in double figures in 10 straight games, showed a nice combination of strength and finesse, including a nifty underhand layup. He finished with eight rebounds and was 9-for-14 shooting.

Graves, who entered shooting 30 percent (20-for-67) in his last seven games, missed layups, short jumpers and was 0-for-2 from the free-throw line. But he hit two 3-pointers when his team needed it and added three assists.

First-year coach Brad Stevens has matched the starts of four previous Butler teams with a 17-2 record.