ANCHORAGE – Mike Green scored 14 points and dished eight assists as 22nd-ranked Butler opened the men’s portion of the 30th annual Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout with a 79-65 win over Michigan at Sullivan Arena on Wednesday.
The Bulldogs (4-0) set a new Shootout record for three-pointers in a game with 17, led by six from senior Pete Campbell and five from senior All-America candidate A.J. Graves.
Michigan (2-2) was paced by swingman DeShawn Sims’ 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
The Bulldogs raced to a 28-11 lead behind the shooting of Campbell, who finished with a game-high 18 points, but the Indianapolis school led just 40-32 at the half as Michigan shot 7 of 13 from long range.
The Wolverines crept to within a point at 40-39 when freshman Manny Harris sank four straight free throws early in the second half. Butler had the answer again, however, sinking six straight treys over a 5-minute span to stretch the advantage to 69-50.
Campbell (6-11 3FG) scored a game-high 18 points, Graves added 17 (5-10 3FG, 2-2 FT) and freshman Matt Howard had 12 points and 12 rebounds off the bench. Green finished with eight assists, five rebounds and just one turnover in 37 minutes to earn Carrs/Safeway Player of the Game honors.
With 17-of-32 shooting, the Bulldogs broke the old Shootout record of 16 three-pointers, set by Indiana in 2001 against host Alaska Anchorage.
Butler moves on to Friday’s early semifinal (5:30 p.m. AST on ESPN360) against the winner of tonight’s late game between Virginia Tech and Eastern Washington. Michigan will face the VT/EWU loser at noon Friday.