The Butler men topped the century mark in points for the second time this season with a 107-51 win over Southwestern JV on Wednesday at the Power Plant.
In the early going, it looked as if the game might be even more lopsided than it ended up. The Grizzlies scored the first 23 points of the night and led 31-2 with 10:49 left in the first half after consecutive monster dunks by Trent Richardson.
The Grizzlies eased up a bit defensively as the first half came to a close, but still led 60-26 at the break. The second half was more of the same. Butler broke the 100-point mark on a layup by Eric Watson that made the score 101-45 with 3:52 to play in the game.
Butler had four players in double figures, led by Sean Osler with 18. Eric Watson scored 16, Lamont Pruitt had 15 and Bakari Triggs and Trent Richardson scored 14 points apiece. Watson ended up with a double-double with 10 rebounds.
Butler is now 11-2 on the season. The Grizzlies will play their final game of the first semester on Saturday when they take on No. 21 Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa (12-1) at 7:30 in the Power Plant.
Butler women shut down Murray State in 81-45 home win
The Butler women continued to roll over non-conference opponents at home, this time beating Murray State (Okla.) by an 81-45 score at the Power Plant on Wednesday.
Butler started slowly, leading just 12-7 in the early going. The Grizzlies would turn up the defensive pressure, however, leading to an 8-0 run. Butler would go into the half leading 34-16, holding the Aggies to just seven made field goals in the first half.
Butler continued to pull away in the second half. A pair of free throws by Samantha Satterlee put Butler up 39-18 with 17:42 to play and the lead topped 30 points when a Jamillah Bonner layup made the score 50-19 with 14:15 to go in the game.
Bonner led Butler in scoring with 26 points, equaling her season high scored in a home win over Cowley County on Nov. 3. For the second time this week, she just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Ashlee Ivy scored 13 and Samantha Satterlee scored 12 points.
The Grizzlies are now 10-2 on the season. Butler will continue its homestand with a game Saturday against Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa in the Power Plant. Tipoff is scheduled for 5:30 p.m.
Bonner signs to join Wichita State
Butler women's basketball player Jamillah Bonner came into the 2012-13 season being looked at as one of the top players in the Jayhawk conference and the NJCAA. Bonner was rewarded by signing a national letter of intent to play at Wichita State University for the 2013-14 season.
Bonner said the reason she chose Wichita State is "their style of play suits me perfectly" and "I wanted to stay close to home."
Page 2 of 2 - Before she chose to play for Butler coach Mike Helmer and the Grizzlies, Bonner played at Wichita Southeast High School where she was selected to the All-City League team three times.
Last season she finished second in the Region VI in scoring and finished in the top 10 in several other categories. She was also selected to the Jayhawk West All-Conference team and was named to the second team All-Region VI. This season she is currently second in the region in scoring with 20.6 points per game.
"I am proud of Jamillah and the opportunity she has," Helmer said. "She works hard and she deserves this chance."
On goshockers.com Wichita State head coach Jody Adams expressed her excitement by saying, "I believe she is a program-changer in how she plays and the tempo at which she plays. I've never, in the past few years, seen anyone play on both sides of the ball and leave it out there every possession like she does. In doing that in our system she could be the most decorated junior college player to leave Wichita State in two years. She has phenomenal speed and leaping ability. She is a fighter and has an edge."