November 22, 2008

Butler Races Past IU-South Bend, 87-33

Freshman Shelvin Mack led four Butler players in double-figures and the Bulldogs rolled up their second biggest margin of victory ever while defeating visiting IU-South Bend, 87-33, in a non-league game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Saturday, Nov. 22. The win was Butler's third straight to open the 2008-09 season.

Mack tallied a career-high 19 points in just 17 minutes of action. He scored seven points in the first half as the Bulldogs were racing out to a 39-16 lead, and then he tallied 11 points in just over two minutes early in the second half to help Butler stretch its lead out to 40 points.

The Bulldogs closed the first half with a 22-3 scoring run and then opened the second half with a 23-0 run. Butler maintained a 40+ point lead throughout the final 16 minutes, building the final margin on a pair of free throws by junior Avery Jukes with 0:19 left.

Jukes finished the game with a career-high 15 points, 14 coming after intermission, while freshman Gordon Hayward added a career-high 15 points, including 12 in the first half. Junior Willie Veasley chipped in with 12 points and a team-high seven rebounds. Ten of the 12 Bulldogs who played in the game cracked the scoring column.

IU-South Bend (2-7) scored the first basket of the game and trailed just 6-5 four minutes into the contest. But the Bulldogs unleashed seven unanswered points, including five by Hayward, and never looked back.

The 54-point final margin is the most by a Butler team in the modern era and the second-biggest margin in school history. The Bulldogs defeated Indiana Law School, 82-14, in November of 1921 for the school record.

The Bulldogs have two games remaining on the current four-game homestand. Butler will host Big Ten foe Northwestern on Wednesday, Nov. 26, at 7 p.m., and then take on state rival Evansville on Saturday, Nov. 29, at 2 p.m.