The Blue Hose led by as much as 14 points in the first half, behind 65.2% shooting from the field, but the Bulldogs rallied back late, as Butler survived for the 76-67 win over the Presbyterian College men’s basketball team in action Tuesday evening at Hinkle Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, Ind. JC Younger led PC with 16 points.
Scoring the Game
It was all Blue Hose for much of the first half, building a 14-point, 25-11 lead in the opening nine and a half minutes, helped by a four-for-four effort from the perimeter, seven points from Cory Hightower, and a 70% shooting effort from the field. Butler rallied late in the half. Butler rallied with an 8-3 run to cut the margin to five, 36-31, 3:51 to go. Aaron Thompson’s second straight lay-up, as part of his seven points in a row, made it a four-point game, 39-35, at 1:45. Back to back Butler three-pointers at 1:01 and :30 gave the Bulldogs their first lead since a minute and a half in the game, 41-40. It was short-lived as Hightower was fouled on the next possession and hit both free throws to give the Blue Hose the halftime lead, 42-41.
JC Younger’s three-pointer snapped a 47-47 tie at the 16:43 mark in the second half, but Butler responded with six unanswered over the next three minutes to take its largest lead of the game to that point at three, 53-50, 13:46 remaining. Butler went up by six with just over eight to play, but a Younger layup cut the deficit to four. The Bulldogs answered with an 8-0 run to jump out to a 12-point lead, 68-56, 4:43 to go.
Francois Lewis connected on his first three-pointer of the night to snap the drought and make it a nine-point game, 4:11 left. Down by 11 with 1:12 left, Lewis hit back to back free throws to cut the margin back to nine, but could not convert on a subsequent Butler turnover, and had to foul the Bulldogs just under a minute to go. Tucker hit both free throws to make it an 11-point game, with Younger hitting a layup with a few ticks left as Butler survived for the nine-point, 76-67 win.
Players of the Game
Younger led the PC offense with 16 points, followed by Flagler with 13, and Francois Lewis with 10. Flagler held the rebounding advantage with five. Davon Bell posted seven assists. Thompson led Butler with 18 points, with Tucker pulling down a team-leading seven rebounds.
Stats of the Game
Both teams were lights out on offense in the first half, with PC hitting 65%, compared to 57% for Butler. The Blue Hose and Bulldogs each hit six three-pointers in the opening frame, and each had six turnovers. A colder second half for PC, the visitors shot 29% to finish the game with 44.4%. Butler shot 51.9% in the second to end the game with 54.5%. The Blue Hose posted nine three-pointers for the game and recorded 13 turnovers, Butler hit seven threes and had 13 turnovers as well. The Bulldogs held the rebounding edge, 31-26.
- Davon Bell’s four steals tied for 12th in the PC DI record book.
- The 65.2% shooting in the first half is a season-high.
For the Record
PC moves to 6-6 overall, while Butler goes to 8-3.
The Blue Hose head to Dayton, Ohio, to face Dayton in a 2 p.m., contest Saturday, Dec. 22.
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