Butler is finishing its non-conference schedule on a real roll.
Behind 24 points from Roosevelt Jones, the No. 17 Bulldogs extended their winning streak to eight games with a victory over Penn, 70-57, on Wednesday. The game was Butler's second-to-last tune-up before they begin their first season of league play in the Atlantic 10 conference.
It was a close game through the first half, as the teams traded leads before Butler (11-2) went into the break with a six-point advantage, 35-29. The Quakers (2-10) cut that lead down to two on a layup by Darien Nelson-Henry five minutes into the second half. But Butler jumped back up by double digits with a 10-2 run over the next four minutes, then held Penn at bay for the win.
Jones' 24 points were tops for either team, and he added six rebounds. His big night helped make up for an off game from top scorer Rotnei Clarke, who shot just 2-of-11, including 1-of-9 from three-point range, and finished with six points. For Penn, Miles Cartwright led the way with 15 points. The Quakers were without their top scorer, Fran Dougherty, for the second straight game. Dougherty missed Penn's last game with an illness.
Butler will next play New Orleans on Jan. 5, then open conference play against St. Joseph's on Jan. 9.