Nate Fowler rises with his right hand to bank in a shot in the paint. Against Georgetown, he scored five points in the last minute to extend the game to overtime. Collegian file photo.
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After beating the No. 1 Villanova Wildcats on Jan. 4, the No.18 Butler University men’s basketball team capped off an impressive week with an 85-76 overtime victory over the Georgetown Hoyas on Jan. 7 in Washington, D.C.
With under one minute left to play in regulation, the Bulldogs trailed by three points, and their offense was struggling to score down the stretch. But after a pick and pop play, Nate Fowler found himself open from behind the three point line and swished a three pointer to tie the game. Fowler then knocked down two clutch free throws with eight seconds left to send the game into overtime.
Once in overtime, Butler put together a few key defensive stops and sank their free throws to escape with a win.
Five Bulldogs reached double figures in scoring, which produced a balanced offensive attack. Kamar Baldwin led the team with 16 points, Kelan Martin chipped in 13 and Andrew Chrabascz, Kethan Savage and Fowler each scored 11 points. Martin also grabbed a team high 10 rebounds, which secured a double double.
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Out rebounding Georgetown 42 to 36 and shooting 50% (10-of-20) from three point range were two key factors that allowed Butler to beat a team who was desperate for a win.
Butler will put its three game winning streak on the line in Omaha, NE, against the No. 10 Creighton Bluejays on Jan. 11.
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