INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Andrew Smith had 25 points and seven rebounds and Roosevelt Jones added 11 points to lead Butler to a 70-52 victory against Wright State on Tuesday night in the opening round of the Horizon League tournament.
Chrishawn Hopkins scored 10 points for the fifth-seeded Bulldogs (19-13), who face No. 4 seed Milwaukee in the second round on Friday.
Cole Darling had 12 points for the eighth-seeded Raiders (13-19).
Butler, the national runner-up the last two seasons with its lowest seed in the Horizon tournament since 2005, led by a point at intermission but broke the game open with a 13-0 run to start the second half. Khyle Marshall had six points during the surge, which he culminated with a dunk that made the score 43-29 with 15:28 remaining.
The Bulldogs shot 53.7 percent (22 of 41) from the floor and had a 30-14 rebounding advantage.
Julius Mays scored 11 points for Wright State.