Shelvin Mack scored 16 points to lead Butler to a 76-59 victory over Valparaiso on Saturday. Ronald Nored and Shawn Vanzant each added 11 points for the Bulldogs (10-4, 2-0 Horizon), who have won six straight after dropping three of four.
Cory Johnson and Jay Harris had 14 points apiece for the Crusaders (10-5, 2-1), who lost for the first time in five games.
Butler took control of this one early, scoring the first six points and building a 21-5 lead 9½ minutes into the game. The Bulldogs led 36-25 at halftime and by 19 in the second half.
Valparaiso put together a 15-5 run - fueled by 12 points from Harris - to cut the lead to 53-48 with 8:08 to play.
The Bulldogs got the momentum right back after two straight 3-pointers by Zach Hahn.
"Shelvin did a great job of finding me first in the zone he came off the ball screen and kind of made another guy hop over and kicked it to me and I was open on the wing. The second one we had momentum going from that and so I sprinted to the deep corner and Shelvin once again found me," said Hahn who was 3-of-6 from 3-point range.
"That's what a zone will do. They did a great job of packing it in but we have so many great shooters that can light it up from downtown so were happy someone wants to play zone," said Matt Howard who finished with 8 points and 8 rebounds in the win.
Butler now stands alone in the Horizon league record books. The Bulldogs have won their 22nd straight in the league, breaking a previous mark they shared with Green Bay.
"The neat part is we've had 21 too. It's been hard and every game is a challenge and every game you can lose just like today. To figure out a way to win has been good," said Head Coach Brad Stevens.
Butler has the chance to give Stevens a pretty big career accomplishment in their next game at Milwaukee on Monday, 100 wins. That contest tips off at 8 p.m.