INDIANAPOLIS -- Even the loss of a key starter couldn't slow Butler's march back to the top of the Atlantic 10.
Rotnei Clarke scored 17 points in the Bulldogs' 15th straight regular-season home win, a 77-58 victory over St. Bonaventure that moved Butler back into a tie with Virginia Commonwealth for first place in the A-10.
No. 14 Butler (19-4, 6-2) lost its leading rebounder and third-best scorer Roosevelt Jones to a left shoulder injury with 18:13 to play. Jones finished with just four points, nearly seven below his season average, but the Bulldogs compensated with a balanced attack.
Andrew Smith added 13 points and Chase Stigall scored 12, his highest total in more than a year. Stigall took all of his shots from beyond the arc, hitting a season-high three 3s.
Butler won its second straight after a stretch of two losses in three games that included a lopsided defeat at Saint Louis, which knocked them out of first. The Bulldogs are 12-0 at home this season.
St. Bonaventure, the reigning Atlantic 10 champion, wilted in its first trip to Hinkle Fieldhouse. The Bonnies (10-11, 3-5) were down 29-27 late in the first half before permitting Butler to go on a 27-8 run that spanned the intermission.
Demitrius Conger finished with a game-high 18 points for St. Bonaventure, which shot just 38.3 percent from the field and was outrebounded 34-25. The Bonnies fell to 0-29 on the road against ranked opponents.
Clarke scored 10 points and Stigall added nine as Butler led 39-30 at halftime on the strength of torrid outside shooting.
The Bulldogs closed the half on a 10-3 run to open their largest lead. Clarke contributed five points in the burst, including a runner in the lane with 5 seconds left.
The Bonnies started hot, making four of their first five shots, but quickly cooled off, missing nine of their next 13. They wound up shooting 10 of 21 (.476) and stayed close by going 7-for-7 from the free-throw line in the half.
Conger, the only player in the Atlantic 10 to lead his team in points, rebounds and assists, scored a game-high 11 points in the half for the Bonnies.
Kellen Dunham connected on a 3 to cap an 11-0 run that gave Butler a 20-13 lead. The Bulldogs shot 53.6 percent from the field in the opening 20 minutes and went 7-for-11 from behind the arc. Clarke and Stigall combined for five 3s.
NOTES: St. Bonaventure's Matthew Wright did not start after missing the previous game with a left foot injury. Jordan Gathers filled in at shooting guard. ... Smith was selected as one of 10 finalists for the Division I Senior CLASS award. He joined Ronald Nored and Matt Howard as the third Butler finalist in three years. The winner will be announced during the Final Four. ... Butler entered the night having won 18 of its past 19 February home games.