The Spiders were down their second leading scorer, and Butler down its top leading scorer, but on Wednesday night at historic Hinkle Fieldhouse, the University of Richmond were the ones looking short-handed.
Andrew Smith scored 15 points, Kellen Dunham added 11 and No. 13 Butler used a stifling defense to pull away from Richmond for a 62-47 victory.
Richmond (11-7, 1-2) was led by Darien Brothers with 12 points but has lost two straight and five of its last seven. The Spiders were playing without their second-leading scorer, Derrick Williams, who missed his fourth straight game with a sprained ankle.
Butler made it look easy, using first-half runs of 7-0 and 8-0 to take a 33-21 halftime lead and never let the Spiders get closer than nine in the second half. (15-2, 3-0), which has won 12 straight overall, was without leading scorer Rotnei Clarke due to a severely sprained neck. Without Clarke, the Bulldogs relied on a defense that held the Spiders to a season-low 32.7 percent shooting.
The Spiders have lost 5 of their last 7, and will host Charlotte Saturday.