INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Butler rode a 31-3 run that covered both halves to a 91-55 win over the Norfolk State men’s basketball team on Monday night at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
The Bulldogs made 13 3-pointers in the game and shot 58 percent overall from the field in its dominating win. They outscored the Spartans 21-3 at the end of the first half and then scored the first 10 points of the second half to coast to the victory.
NSU fell to 2-3 on the season, while Butler improved to 4-0.
The Bulldogs had five players in double figures, led by Nate Fowler with 17 points, including 13 in the second half. He led all players with seven rebounds as well. In addition, Avery Woodson added 15 points, all on 5-of-10 shooting from long range, for Butler.
Senior Jonathan Wade and junior Micah Goss were Norfolk State’s leading scorers with 13 points each. Goss hit 5-of-8 from the floor, while Wade tied for the team lead with five rebounds and shot 8-of-9 from the free throw line.
The second of two straight campus road games for the Spartans as part of the Continental Tire Las Vegas Invitational, NSU saw itself get called for three charges within the first two and a half minutes of the game to help the Bulldogs gain an early six-point advantage. Sophomore Alex Long hit three jump shots to help spark NSU’s offense, but Butler scored seven in a row midway through the half to go up by 10.
After junior Stavian Allen‘s 3-pointer from the right wing made it 29-21 with 6:33 left, the Bulldogs scored 19 straight points to pull away before the half. They closed it out on a larger 21-3 run, with a 3-pointer by Goss mixed in for NSU, to go into the locker room up 50-24.
Andrew Chrabascz had a pair of 3-pointers during the run, and he and Kelan Martin combined for 21 points before the break. Butler hit 7-of-15 from long range in the first half and 15-of-30 overall.
NSU had 10 turnovers and hit just 7-of-25 from the field.
Woodson came out of the half and hit three 3-pointers within the first two minutes for a 35-point edge. The Bulldogs led by at least 40 points for a good portion of the second half before a late 12-4 run for the Spartans closed the gap to 32. It marked the worst loss for the Spartans since a 41-point setback to Baylor two years ago.
For the game, NSU hit 16-of-51 from the field (31.4 percent), including 5-of-13 from 3-point range. The Spartans benefitted from an 18-of-25 night from the free throw line. Long (11 points, five rebounds) and Allen (10 points) also reached double figures.
Butler, meanwhile, shot 32-of-55 overall and 13-of-28 from 3-point land. The Bulldogs made 17-of-25 (68.0 percent) in the second half alone. Martin and Charabascz each added 11 points, and Joey Brunk scored 10. In addition, Tyler Lewis handed out eight assists, helping Butler finish with a 26-10 assist-turnover ratio in the game.
The Spartans will continue their road trip when they fly out to Las Vegas for the second half of the Las Vegas Invitational. NSU will play Bucknell on Thursday and then either Sacred Heart or Northern Colorado on Friday at Orleans Arena.
Originally published at nsuspartans.com