Milwaukee (WI) – The Butler Bulldogs (10-5, 2-1) hadn’t suffered this kind of loss in the Horizon League in five years. They hadn’t even lost a game in league play in over a year. On Monday night the Bulldogs were not only beaten, but they were beaten badly.
Milwaukee (8-8, 3-2) shot 55% from the floor and made Butler pay for any mistakes that they made. The Panthers beat the Bulldogs 76-52, which was their worst loss since 2005.
The loss snapped Butler’s 24 game Horizon League winning streak and six game winning streak this season.
Butler shot just 21-of-54 (38.9%) from the field including 5-of-15 (33.3%) from 3-point range. It was no match for Milwaukee. The Panthers were 26-of-47 (55%) from the field including an amazing 11-of-23 (47.8%) from 3-point range.
Anthony Hill dominated down low once again against Butler. Hill scored 22 points and added four rebounds.
Even with over 20 points Hill wasn’t the star for Milwaukee. Kaylon Williams record his first career triple-double. He scored 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and dished out 10 assists.
Milwaukee jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game, but Butler responded, but it was just about the only time the Bulldogs were able to counter a Milwaukee run. Matt Howard scored the Bulldogs first 8 points of the game to cut the lead to 9-8.
Howard finished with 14 points and six rebounds in 26 minutes. He had taken control of his foul difficulties, but was whistled for three early fouls in less than a minute during the 2nd half and went to the bench.
Milwaukee then slowly took control in the first half. They went into the break with a 37-29 lead.
In the 2nd half Butler was down 44-36 when Milwaukee took control. This time it was a 15-2 run that shut down the Bulldogs chances.
Milwaukee hit seven free throws, two 3-pointers, and one two pointer during the run.
From there on the Panthers cruised to victory and even extended their lead to 25 at one point.
Butler never led during the game.
Shelvin Mack was completely shut down. After getting into a zone in the 2nd half of the FSU game in Honolulu, Mack has been very good, but against Milwaukee he was bad. Mack hit just 1-of-7 shots and scored just three points.
Shawn Vanzant and Ronald Nored were the only other players in double figures for the Bulldogs. Vanzant scored 11 points off the bench on 5-of-9 shooting and Nored scored 12 points on 5-of-11 from the field.
Tony Maier also scored 20 points for the Panthers.
Butler now tries to recover by travel home to take on Cleveland State (15-1, 4-0) on ESPNU on Friday at 7PM EST. CSU’s only loss was to West Virginia 74-63 in Morgantown.
If the Bulldogs are able to defeat the Vikings, they can take control of the Horizon League race once again.