CHICAGO -- Matt Howard scored 19 points Saturday to lead Butler to its sixth straight victory in a 79-52 decision over Illinois-Chicago.
Andrew Smith added 16 points for the Bulldogs (20-9, 12-5), percentage points out of second place in the Horizon League. Shawn Vanzant scored 11, and Shelvin Mack had 10 points for his 13th consecutive game in double figures. Mack also had a game-best six assists, and Howard and Smith grabbed nine rebounds apiece.
Smith's dunk with 6:41 left in the first half put Butler ahead 23-22. The Bulldogs pushed the lead to 40-27 at intermission and were never threatened afterward.
Butler, which shot 50 percent (32 of 64), has won 27 of its last 28 games when yielding fewer than 60 points.
Former Kentucky guard Ed Davender, the only Wildcat with at least 1,500 points and 400 assists, has died. He was 49.
Guard Naz Mitrou-Long, whose 2015-16 season ended in December due to hip problems, has been granted a hardship waiver for the coming season, Iowa State said.
As the Sooners look to life without superstar Buddy Hield and his sidekicks, it's clear their unseasoned players will need to grow up fast.