Butler freshman Matt Howard turned in the best performance of his young career to help lead the Bulldogs past Ohio State and that effort has earned him Horizon League Men's Basketball Player of the Week recognition. He's the second consecutive Butler player to garner the League's weekly honor.
Howard came off the bench and scored a career-high 23 points to top all players in the game. He hit nine of 13 shots against the Buckeyes' towering front line, and he nailed all five free throws that he attempted. The 23 points eclipsed his previous collegiate high of 14 points set in Butler's opener at Ball State.
The 6-8 Butler forward tied for game-high rebounding honors with seven, and he added two assists and a steal in his 29 minutes of action. He also contributed to Butler's defensive effort against the Buckeyes' front line of 7-0 Kosta Koufos and 6-8 Othello Hunter. Koufos had just six points in the second half, and Hunter added four, as the Bulldogs out-scored Ohio State, 45-16, in the final 20 minutes.
Howard joins teammate Mike Green, who was named Horizon League Player of the Week after helping Butler to a championship at the Great Alaska Shootout.