Flames Fall at Butler, 69-44

Feb. 21, 2012

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INDIANAPOLIS - Junior guard Gary Talton and senior center Darrin Williams both scored in double figures, but Butler raced out to an early lead, and withstood the Flames' rally with a 10-0 run mid-way through the second half, leading to a 69-44 win over the UIC men's basketball team at Hinkle Fieldhouse Tuesday night.

With the setback, UIC dropped to 8-19 on the season, with a 3-13 Horizon League record. Butler upped its record to 18-12 (11-6 Horizon) on a night in which senior point guard Ronald Nored played his final regular season Horizon League home game.

Talton scored a game-high 13 points, recording his 19th double-digit scoring output of the season. Williams chipped in 11 points and pulled down a team-high six rebounds. Butler was led by freshman Roosevelt Jones, who scored 13 points to lead four Bulldogs in double figures. Nored scored 12 points and dished out eight assists.

Butler jumped out to a 13-3 lead in the early going, and extended its advantage to 16 points (23-7) with 9:02 remaining in the first half. UIC went on a commanding 15-7 run over the ensuing 8:03, trimming the Bulldogs' lead to single digits, 30-22, with 59 seconds left in the frame. Nored closed out the half with back-to-back free throws, giving Butler a 32-22 lead heading into the locker room at halftime.

Butler built its lead back to 14 points three times in the opening 4:40 of the second half, but the Flames pulled back within ten, 40-30, after back-to-back field goals by Williams and freshman point guard Sammy Sutter. The Bulldogs responded by scoring 10-straight points to push their lead to 50-30, and never looked back.

Butler out-scored UIC 40-20 in the paint, and 20-7 through its bench. The Bulldogs held a 33-27 rebounding advantage, including 11 offensive rebounds. UIC was held to 32.7 percent shooting from the field, including a 2-for-18 effort from three-point range.

UIC will return home to host Milwaukee in a Horizon League game Thursday (Feb. 23) beginning at 7 p.m. CST from the UIC Pavilion.