HORIZON LEAGUE Leader Butler toppled by Loyola of Chicago
Loyola handed Butler only its second defeat in the Horizon League, 73-63.
CHICAGO -- David Bailey had 21 of his game-high 25 points in the second half, as Loyola of Chicago beat Horizon League leader Butler, 73-63, Thursday night.
Bailey and Terrance Whiters led a Rambler outburst midway through the second half, as Loyola scored nine unanswered points to break a 47-47 tie.
Butler (18-4, 8-2 HL) never led again, although the Bulldogs cut Loyola's lead to 56-55 on a 3-pointer by Brandon Miller with 5:30 remaining. Butler scored only two field goals after that.
Joel Cornette paced Butler with 18 points, but he scored only two after halftime. Butler's two top scorers, Miller and Darnell Archey, were held to a combined 12 points.
Duane Lightfoot was in double figures for Butler with 12 points. Whiters finished with 14 points. Corey Minnifield had a double-double for Loyola (11-14, 6-6) with 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Wis.-Milwaukee 81, Ill.-Chicago 78
MILWAUKEE -- Clay Tucker scored 28 points and hit a key 3-pointer in the closing seconds, as Wisconsin-Milwaukee vaulted into first place.
With the victory, the Panthers (20-5, 11-2) will finish no lower than third place, which means they will host the Horizon League tournament quarterfinal and semifinal games March 7-8.
The Flames (15-7, 9-4) were led by Cedric Banks with 28 points and Armond Williams with 24.
Ronnie Jones scored 21 points for Milwaukee.
Detroit 68, Wright State 63
DETROIT -- Willie Green scored 41 points while Terrell Riggs added 12 and pulled down 16 rebounds to lead Detroit (13-9, 7-5).
Green, the Horizon League's second-leading scorer, shot 16-of-20 from the field. The other Titans shot just 11-of-36.
Wright State (8-14, 2-10) was led by Vernard Hollins' 18 points. The Horizon's leading scorer, Seth Doliboa, played seven minutes and scoring just two points in the first half because of foul trouble. He finished with 11 points.