Claremore Daily Progress

Sports

February 8, 2013

ATLANTIC-10 MEN'S BB: Clarke shoots Butler past St. Bonaventure

INDIANAPOLIS — Roosevelt Jones' pass was sailing high, almost too high for Khyle Marshall to grab the ball.

But Marshall swept the ball in with his left hand, hammering home a dunk to open the second half of No. 14 Butler's 77-58 win over St. Bonaventure on Wednesday.

The dunk spurred an already boisterous Hinkle Fieldhouse crowd.

"To be honest, it really wasn't that great of a pass," Marshall said. "I helped him out a little bit."

The Bulldogs (19-4, 6-2 Atlantic 10) did a good job of helping each other, spreading the offense among four double-digit scorers.

"The ball really whipped around today," Butler coach Brad Stevens said. "I thought there were a lot of good basketball plays today."

Rotnei Clarke, of Verdigris, led the Bulldogs with 17 points, with Andrew Smith scoring 13 and Marshall and Chase Stigall scoring 12 points each.

Stigall hit consecutive 3-pointers midway through the first half that pushed Butler from a 13-11 deficit to a 17-13 lead.

"When I came in, I didn't force anything. I just took what the defense gave me," Stigall said.

"He was great, you can kind of count on Chase to win you a couple games," Stevens said.

St. Bonaventure (10-11, 3-5) pulled within 24-23 on a 3-point play by Demitrius Conger with 6:14 left in the first half, but the Bulldogs used a 10-3 run in the final three minutes of the half to build a 39-30 lead.

"In order for us to win, we had to play our `A' game, and we certainly didn't," Bonnies coach Mark Schmidt said. "I think the game was won in the final three minutes of the first half.

"We made some errors, and they make you pay for your errors."

It didn't help that the Bonnies didn't get any second chances in the first half, failing to grab an offensive rebound. Butler outrebounded St. Bonaventure 17-7 in the first half and 34-25 for the game.

The victory pushed Butler into a share of the Atlantic 10 lead with idle VCU (6-2), while St. Bonaventure fell to 9-58 all-time against ranked teams, including an 0-29 record on the road.

Demitrius Conger led the Bonnies with 18 points. Chris Johnson and Marquise Simmons added nine points each for St. Bonaventure, which shot just 8 of 26 in the second half.

The Bonnies missed eight of their first 10 shots in the second half while Butler built its lead to 21 points at 56-35. St. Bonaventure wouldn't get closer than 14 points the rest of the way.

"The best part of holding them to that (in the second half) today was Roosevelt Jones didn't play the last 18 minutes," Stevens said. "If he's not our best defender, he's one of our best."

Jones went to the trainer's room after apparently injuring his shoulder. Stevens said Jones is "possible" for the Bulldogs' game at George Washington on Saturday.

"We're not going to practice too hard the next couple of days, so we'll have to wait until Saturday (to see if Jones can play)," Stevens said.

The Bulldogs will tweak their practice schedule to attend funeral services for Leonard Fromm, the father of Butler junior forward Erik Fromm.

Erik Fromm missed Butler's previous game, a win over Rhode Island, because of his father's death. He drew two standing ovations Wednesday night - when he entered the game in the first half and again when he hit a 3-pointer late in the victory.

"We love Erik, we support Erik," Marshall said. "He's like a brother to us. We are fortunate to have him there. Big compliments to his mom for moving the service back to Thursday so we could play this game.

"He's told me himself, basketball is something that really got him in the comfort zone."

The Bulldogs found their comfort zone as a team on Wednesday.

"I wouldn't like to guard us," Stigall said. "We've got so many options. A lot of times, if guys are helping out on Rotnei, our bigs are slipping toward the basket."

Butler shot 50 percent from the floor, with six players contributing to the Bulldogs' 11-of-26 showing from 3-point range. Clarke (3 of 8) and Stigall (3 of 5) each made three 3-pointers.

Meanwhile, the Bonnies were just 4 of 9 from beyond the arc.

 

1
Text Only
Sports
  • DSC_0344web.jpg ‘Lucky 7’ comes through in the 3rd

    Over the course of his four-year baseball career at Verdigris High School, third baseman Ryan Skalnik has had his share of memorable at-bats.
    None more important than Tuesday’s appearance in the Large School East-West All-State Game at J.L. Johnson Stadium in Tulsa.
    Skalnik, who was the lone senior this season for Verdigris and a four-time Class 3A state champion, thrived under pressure in the top of the third inning for the East.

    July 30, 2014 1 Photo

  • BASEBALL: Larue, Skalnik power East to 3-0 victory

    The East blanked the West 3-0 in the Large School All-State Baseball Game Tuesday night at J. L. Johnson Stadium on the campus of Oral Roberts University.
    Claremore catcher Matt Whatley and third baseman Ryan Skalnik of Verdigris represented Rogers County in the contest.
    Skalnik finished 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI's.  Whatley was 0-for-1 with a walk.

    July 30, 2014

  • FISHFRYweb.jpg Claremore QB Club holds Fish Fry Aug. 2

    The Claremore Zebra Quarterback Club will hold its annual Fish Fry fundraiser on Aug. 2 at the Claremore High School cafeteria.

    July 19, 2014 1 Photo

  • Sooners introduce mobile ticket delivery

    Sooners fans can now choose mobile delivery of their tickets for University of Oklahoma Athletics events. This new option for 2014 allows fans to present their mobile tickets on their smartphones at the entrance of OU Athletics facilities.

    August 1, 2014

  • Rick Cooper 'perfect AD hire' for Wayland Baptist

    Some of the best years of Rick Cooper's life were spent at Wayland Baptist University and in Plainview. Now, he's back for more.
    Cooper, who played and coached basketball at Wayland for 15 years before spending the last 20 years as head men's basketball coach at West Texas A&M University, is the new director of athletics at his alma mater.

    August 1, 2014

  • OCU's Abbott tabbed SAC Athletic Director of the Year

    Jim Abbott of Oklahoma City University has been selected Sooner Athletic Conference athletic director of the year.

    August 1, 2014

  • Matthews named Southwestern Christian women's basketball coach

    Darrick Matthews has been named head women's basketball coach at Southwestern Christian University.
    Matthews previously served as a men's basketball assistant and junior varsity coach at Southwestern Christian. Matthews also serves as a professor of sports management at SCU.

    August 1, 2014

  • Sooner Athletic Conference names new information director

    Sooner Athletic Conference (SAC) Commissioner John Hudson has announced that veteran sports information director Justin Tinder will serve as the new media Information director for the 10-member NAIA conference.

    August 1, 2014

  • Ex-Hog standout Scotty Thurman joins Razorback Sports Network

    Former Arkansas Razorback Scotty Thurman is joining the Razorback Sports Network as a color analyst for Arkansas men's basketball games this season.

    August 1, 2014

  • WNBA: Hayes sparks Dream past Shock, 85-75

    Tiffany Hayes scored a career-high 27 points, Angel McCoughtry added 21 and Erika DeSouza had 18 points and 12 rebounds to lead the Atlanta Dream to a 85-75 victory over Tulsa on Thursday night.

    August 1, 2014