Saint Louis Stuns No. 9 Butler in Shocking 75-58 Upset

Joseph ZuckerFeatured ColumnistJanuary 31, 2013

Jan 31, 2013; St. Louis, MO, USA; Saint Louis Billikens forward Dwayne Evans (21) fouls Butler Bulldogs forward Roosevelt Jones (21) during the first half at the Chaifetz Center. Mandatory Credit: Scott Rovak-USA TODAY Sports

The Butler Bulldogs suffered a massive upset Thursday night, losing 75-58 to the Saint Louis Billikens.

Holding the No. 9 ranking coming into the week, the Bulldogs (17-4) are certainly due for quite a fall next week. The Billikens, on the other hand, may find themselves inching ever closer to a Top 25 ranking as they now stand at 15-5.

Butler really shot itself in the foot in the loss, turning the ball over 23 times. Saint Louis, to its credit, only recorded 10 turnovers.

It was a very top-heavy performance for the Bulldogs. Senior guard Rotnei Clark scored 17 points, with senior center Andrew Smith behind him at 12 points. No other Butler player posted double figures, as sophomore forward Roosevelt Smith finished third on the team with seven points.

Jordair Jett was the surprise player of the game. The junior guard came off the bench to score 19 points on 8-of-12 shooting. Junior forwards Rob Loe and Dwayne Evans contributed a lot as well, combining for 27 points.

The Billikens were absolutely scorching from the floor. As a team, Saint Louis shot 50 percent (30-of-60) for the game.

It's the second loss in three games for Butler after it lost 54-53 to the La Salle Explorers last Wednesday. For Saint Louis, the upset over the Bulldogs is the school's third win in a row.

Both schools are tied in the Atlantic 10 Conference with 4-2 records and are a half-game behind the Virginia Commonwealth Rams.