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Butler comes back, crushes Siena

2/20/2010
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No. 13 Butler Wins 17th Straight

Shelvin Mack scored 23 points and Gordon Hayward added 15, leading No. 18 Butler to a 70-53 victory Saturday, extending the nation's longest winning streak to 17 games

INDIANAPOLIS -- More to come later, but a quick, postgame analysis from Butler 70, Siena 53:

  • It's official: The Saints must win the MAAC tournament title to play in the NCAA tournament.

  • Impressive job by Butler winning without injured double-digit scorer and jack-of-all-trades Willie Veasley, and with minimal contribution from No. 3 scorer Matt Howard due to fouls. Gordon Hayward's versatility is very impressive.

  • Siena point guard Ronald Moore came in leading the nation in assists but had a miserable day offensively. He scored just one point, whiffing from the field (0-for-9). Star Edwin Ubiles wasn't much better, going 2-of-11 for four points.