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Stigall's shots separate Butler for win

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Bulldog senior puts in season-best 12 points

Thursday, February 7, 2013 - 1:48 am

Four Butler players scored in double figures to help the No. 14 Bulldogs beat St. Bonaventure 77-58 for their Atantic 10 Conference-leading sixth win of the season.

Senior guards Rotnei Clarke and Chase Stigall combined for 29 points and accounted for six of Butler's 11 3-pointers.

"You can kind of count on Chase (Stigall) to win you a couple games," Butler coach Brad Stevens said in a release. "Today, I thought he kind of separated the game when it was going back and forth."

With the win, the Bulldogs (19-4, 6-2) improved to 12-0 this season inside Hinkle Fieldhouse.

The Bonnies (10-11, 3-5) got out to an early 11-7 lead by connecting on five of their first seven shots before Butler responded with some sharpshooting of its own.

Butler got 10 straight points from Stigall and sophomore Kameron Woods, including back-to-back 3-pointers by Stigall, which helped the Bulldogs spark a 13-2 run to capture the lead from St. Bonaventure. Butler never trailed again.

"Chase hits a couple threes and now we have at least a little bit of a rhythm," Stevens said.

Stigall hit three 3-pointers en route to scoring a season-high 12 points, while Clarke added three treys of his own. Clarke finished with a game-high 17 points, his 16th game of the year in double-figure scoring.

Senior center Andrew Smith and junior forward Khyle Marshall added 13 and 12 points, respectively. Smith also hauled down a game-high seven rebounds.

"I wouldn't want to guard us," Stigall said. "We have so many weapons."

The Bulldogs shot percent from the field, while holding St. Bonaventure to 39% shooting.

Butler, winners of 16 of its last 18 contests, will travel to George Washington on Saturday at 2 p.m.

The Colonials (11-10, 5-3) got off to a subpar 1-2 start in league play, but have since won four of their last five A-10 games.