- The Washington Times - Saturday, January 31, 2009

From combined dispatches


No. 13 BUTLER 59, VALPARAISO 51: Gordon Hayward scored 18 points, Willie Veasley had 13 and the Bulldogs (19-1, 10-0 Horizon) needed a spurt in the final six minutes to hold off the Crusaders (6-16, 3-8) on Friday night in Indianapolis.

Butler won its 11th in a row and matched the conference record with its 21st consecutive victory against a league foe. The Bulldogs will try to break the record Sunday at Green Bay, which holds the mark.

Valparaiso was led by Urule Igbavboa with 15 points and Logan Jones with 10 but couldn’t avoid losing its seventh straight to Butler. The Crusaders have lost seven of nine overall.

It was a strange game for the Bulldogs, who committed more turnovers in the first half (12) than they average per game (11.7) and finished with 18 - just one off their season high.

They also struggled with shooting, making only 17 of 45 shots, and two of their top scorers - Matt Howard and Shelvin Mack - spent much of the second half in foul trouble.

Yet Butler still found a way win its 15th straight at Hinkle Fieldhouse.


No. 21 PITTSBURGH 86, MARQUETTE 54: Shavonte Zellous scored 31 points and the host Panthers (16-4, 6-2 Big East) beat the Golden Eagles (12-9, 3-4) for their fifth straight win.

Zellous, the leading scorer in the Big East, moved within 21 points of becoming Pitt’s third 2,000-point scorer. Pepper Wilson had 13 points and 17 rebounds, and Taneisha Harrison added 15 points for the Panthers.

Krystal Ellis scored 13 points for Marquette, which leads the series 4-2.

The Golden Eagles struggled from the start and finished 16-for-61 from the field (26 percent). They didn’t make more than nine shots in either half.

Zellous shot 6-for-12 and scored 17 points in the first half as the Panthers raced to a 43-21 lead.

Pittsburgh outrebounded Marquette 50-36 and outscored the Eagles 32-20 in the paint.

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