No. 9 Butler Holds Back Cleveland State

Conference leaders Drake and Purdue both gain road victories
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 16, 2008 10:53 PM CST
Butler's Mike Green, left, drives on Cleveland State's Cedric Jackson in the first half of college basketball action in Indianapolis, Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008. Butler defeated Cleveland State 51-46. Jackson...   (Associated Press)
camera-icon View 7 more images

(Newser) – Butler made up for a loss earlier in the season to Cleveland State with an improved defensive game in a 51-46 win over the Vikings. Matt Howard and A.J. Graves led the Bulldogs, who lead the Horizon league at 13-2, with 17 and 15 points respectively. The teams combined for a mere 39 points in the second half. Elsewhere in hoops:

  • No. 14 Drake clinched its first Missouri Valley Conference title since 1971 with a 65-55 win over Northern Iowa. The Bulldogs, who trailed at halftime, were led by Adam Emmenecker's 13 points and 8 assists.
  • Big Ten leader Purdue won its 11th consecutive game, 71-56 today over struggling Northwestern. The Boilermakers were led by freshman E'Twaun Moore's 28 points.
(Read more Missouri Valley Conference stories.)