Strong second half pushes Butler past Detroit

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Even with Matt Howard back in the lineup, it was Shelvin Mack who stole the show on Saturday night.

The junior guard lit up the Hinkle Fieldhouse scoreboard against Detroit, going for a career-high 32 points as the Bulldogs beat the Titans 66-51.

Mack finished the night with six three-pointers, hit all eight of his free throws and also collected six rebounds in perhaps the finest statistical game of his career.

His effort were needed in the second half, which Butler entered trailing by five after a lackluster first half which ended on Brad Stevens' second technical foul in as many games. Mack scored ten of the Bulldogs' first 12 points of the second half to put them back into the lead at 42-40.

From there, it was all Butler, as they finished the game on a 24-11 run to improve their league record to 10-5 on the season and stay in a tie with Milwaukee for third place.

Most encouraging for Bulldogs fans was the return of Howard to the lineup after a concussion forced him to miss a game for the first time in his Butler career. The senior played 37 minutes and finished with nine points and a team-high 12 rebounds.

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