Butler Defeats Indiana State, 76-48
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- A.J. Graves scored 26 points and No. 25 Butler beat Indiana State 76-48 on Wednesday night.
Graves shot 8-for-12 from the field and made six 3-pointers.
Jay Tunnell and Gabriel Moore both scored 10 points to lead Indiana State.
Butler (2-0) shot 53 percent from the field, including 12 of 23 3-pointers, and the Bulldogs outscored the Sycamores 49-34 in the second half.
Indiana State (1-1) had been a thorn for Butler. The Sycamores gave the Bulldogs their first loss last year, and had won the previous three meetings.
Butler hasn't allowed more than 50 points in any of its four exhibition or regular season games. The Bulldogs held Ball State to 38 percent shooting in a 61-45 win on Nov. 9, and held Indiana State to 33 percent shooting on Wednesday.
Butler led 27-14 at halftime before Tunnell scored six straight points to cut the Bulldogs' lead to 32-23. Graves responded with a 3-pointer to make it 35-23 with 16 minutes left.
Indiana State's Cole Holstrom made two 3-pointers to drop Butler's lead to 44-34, but the Bulldogs scored the next 10 points to seize control for good with just under 9 minutes to play. Butler took a 70-38 lead on a 3-pointer by Zach Hahn with 3:17 to go.
Graves was held to 11 points in the season opener, but he had 12 at halftime against the Sycamores.
Indiana State was called for two shot-clock violations in the first six minutes and missed 14 of its first 16 shots.
The Sycamores cut Butler's lead to 11-8 on a 3-pointer by Adam Arnold before Butler went on a 16-4 run that included four 3-pointers to take a 27-12 lead.
Butler made five 3-pointers in the first half. The Bulldogs shot 10 for 22 from the field while the Sycamores shot 5 for 24 in the first 20 minutes.