Butler Downs Alabama State, 70-61

Nov. 14, 2005

LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) - Brandon Polk scored 26 points in leading Butler over Alabama State 70-61 in the consolation bracket of the Black Coaches Association Invitational on Monday.

Alabama State (0-2) led 16-15 midway through the first half, but the Bulldogs (1-1) closed the half on a 20-6 run, keyed by 10 points from the 6-foot-6 Polk. Brian Ligon added 8 points in the stretch, and Butler entered halftime with a 35-22 edge.

After going 0-for-9 from 3-point range in the first half and relying on its inside game for points, Butler's guards found their shooting touch in the second half. The Bulldogs made five of their first seven 3-point attempts in the half, including two apiece for Bruce Horan and A.J. Graves.

Horan finished with 12 points and Graves with 10.

Butler finished the game 7-for-24 from beyond the arc.

Butler's lead was in double-digits the entire second half until the final minute, when Alabama State cut it down to the final margin.

The Hornets were led by Akeim Claborn's 19 points.

Butler will play in Tuesday's fifth-place game of the BCA Invitational. Alabama State was to play for seventh place.