Butler faces defending A-10 champ St. Bonaventure

The Butler men’s basketball team hosts St. Bonaventure tonight at Hinkle Fieldhouse.

Tipoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Bonnies have an overall record of 10-10 and are 3-4 in Atlantic 10 Conference play.

St. Bonaventure won last year’s A-10 tournament, earning a berth in the NCAA tournament.

The Bonnies lost to Florida State 66-63 in the first round of the national tournament.

On Saturday evening, Butler beat Rhode Island 75-68 in front of a sold-out crowd of 10,000 at Hinkle.

The Bulldogs (18-4, 5-2) were led by senior guard Rotnei Clarke’s game-high 23 points.

The Rams (6-14, 1-6) pulled out to an early lead that held for the majority of the first half.

The Rams’ lead eventually began to evaporate, and a Clarke 3-pointer tied the game at 28 with 5:03 remaining in the first half.

Butler went on an 18-3 run in the first six minutes of the second half to grab a 48-35 advantage, the largest lead of the game for either team.

The Rams began to catch up late, creeping to within four points with 1:45 remaining in the game.

Butler had a 72-68 lead with 27 seconds remaining when Clarke was fouled. He made one of two foul shots to put the game away for the Bulldogs.

Junior forward Erik Fromm did not play and was not in attendance after his father, Len, died of cancer Saturday morning.

A moment of silence was observed before the game in memory of Len Fromm.

“I think what you learn is you don’t spend a lot of time on basketball,” coach Brad Stevens said of playing after learning of Len Fromm’s passing. “This is what happened. What can you do to be a supportive person?

“Let’s try to make each other proud with our effort even though it’s hard to really focus on that task.”

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