INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Roosevelt Jones scored 14 of his 19 points in the first half, and No. 15 Butler beat Kennesaw State 93-51 on Monday night.
Kelan Martin had 17 points and Kellen Dunham added 13 for the Bulldogs (8-2), who have won four straight games. Jones finished with seven rebounds and seven assists.
Yonel Brown had 14 points for the Owls (3-7), who have lost three in a row. Delbert Love and Orlando Coleman each scored 11.
The Bulldogs led by as many as 26 points in the first half. They had an early 10-2 run and took a 32-15 lead when Austin Etherington converted a three-point play with 10:22 left.
Butler was 16 of 25 from the field in the first half and led 52-27 at the break.
The Bulldogs moved up eight spots in this week’s AP poll from No. 23. They knocked off in-state rival Indiana State and beat Northwestern 65-56 last week to land the team’s highest ranking since it was No. 9 in January 2013.
Kennesaw State: The Owls have had little trouble defending the paint all season. They lead the Atlantic Sun in blocks and entered Monday’s game averaging 5.3 blocks. Willy Kouassi had two more blocks against Butler, giving him 21 for the season.
Butler: The Bulldogs have won 18 straight games against non-conference opponents at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Kennesaw State travels to Youngstown State on Dec. 17.
Butler visits Tennessee on Sunday.