No. 14 Butler vs. Saint Bonaventure final score: Bulldogs roll, 77-58

Michael Hickey

You may know Butler for its flair for the dramatic. No such flair flared in Wednesday's affair.

The No. 14 Butler Bulldogs dominated the St. Bonaventure Bonnies on Wednesday for a 77-58 home win that spent little time in the balance at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Butler was particularly sharp from three-point range; the team was shooting 9-of-18 beyond the arc well into the second half, and finished 11-of-26. It was Butler's most made threes in a game since hitting 11-of-24 in its 88-86 win over the No. 1 Indiana Hoosiers on Dec. 15.

Rotnei Clarke was a big part of Butler's three-point prowess Wednesday, as he often is. He finished 3-of-8 from deep for a total of 17 points, leading Butler.

Butler leapt back into a first-place tie on the crowded Atlantic 10 leaderboard. Butler and the Virginia Commonwealth Rams are each 6-2 in league play; the Charlotte 49ers and Saint Louis Billikens are 5-2 (with games still in play Wednesday); and the La Salle Explorers and Xavier Musketeers are 5-3.

The loss sent St. Bonaventure to 3-5 in league play and below .500 overall, at 10-11.

Butler hosts the George Washington Colonials on Saturday before kicking off a handful of pivotal February games on the road against Charlotte on Feb. 13.

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