Roosevelt Jones led Butler (14-6, 3-5) to a 67-53 triumph over DePaul (7-13, 1-7) with a 23 point performance on seven of 11 from the field to lead all scorers.
Kellen Dunham scored 16 points and went three of four from beyond the arc.
It was DePaul coach Dave Leitao’s first trip to historic Hinkle Fieldhouse. Leitao came away with nothing but respect for the Bulldogs.
“We lost today to a really good program,” Leitao told WSCR Radio. “They’re a good team, but they’re a great program. You could say that they run their stuff. They execute properly. Guys are always in the right spots. There’s roles to be played. A guy like Jones was phenomenal today. He was the major difference in the game.”
DePaul was led by the duo of Tommy Hamilton and Eli Cain with 13 points apiece.
Myke Henry scored 12 points, all of which came in the second half. Henry sat most of the first half due to foul trouble.
Butler held DePaul point guard Billy Garrett, Jr. to just six points in the contest.
The Bulldogs also won this game at the free throw line where they hit in 25 of their 29 trips to the charity stripe. DePaul meanwhile only made six of 13 free throws.
The Blue Demons return home to Allstate Arena on Saturday afternoon where they will meet the seventh ranked Xavier Musketeers in a Big East battle.
Postgame notes from DePaul Sport Information:
The 23 points in first half matched the fewest in a first half this season (last vs. Little Rock, Dec. 12)... Tommy Hamilton IV reached double-figures for the 34th time in his career... Myke Henry has scored at least 10 points in 39 of 52 games in a DePaul uniform... the series is tied 6-6 between the programs... Butler has won five straight games in the series.