Aaron Thompon dribbles down the court. Thompson had six points and four assists in Butler’s 77-73 OT loss at St. John’s. Photo courtesy of Jimmy Lafakis.
DREW SANDIFER | STAFF REPORTER | firstname.lastname@example.org
As the Butler men’s basketball team entered its pivotal game against St. John’s, they entered with what seems to be a solid starting group. Look for this to be used the rest of the year (and beyond).
— Butler Basketball (@ButlerMBB) February 13, 2019
After getting down double-digits early, Butler kept creeping back. Bulldog fans had been through this rodeo so many times before this year.
Strap yourselves in. pic.twitter.com/U0LC02e1aI
— Jimmy Lafakis (@JJLII30) February 13, 2019
And it hasn’t gone well most of the time.
when i have chronic high blood pressure for the rest of my life i’m blaming it on butler basketball
— Barstool Butler (@BarstoolButler) February 13, 2019
The team did not play particularly well and it lead to low-percentage shots.
— Fake Brad Stevens (@FakeBradStevens) February 13, 2019
However, late in overtime, Butler needed a bucket, and Paul Jorgensen answered with a layup to cut the deficit to two with less than 40 second left.
What a finish on the run by Jorgensen there. Butler needed to have a bucket and needed it fast.
— Dustin Dopirak (@DustinDopirak) February 13, 2019
Butler even got a steal down two, but the Dawgs could not convert.
What a terrible possession, shocking
— Victory Firelight (@ButlerVictory) February 13, 2019
For a team desperately needing wins to keep them in the NCAA Tournament conversation, this will be a hard pill to swallow.
Big missed chance for Butler on the road.
— Jared Grubbs (@ButlerWay) February 13, 2019
And once again, an underlying story has been the free throw shooting.
Mustapha Heron entered today's game averaging 3.7 free throw attempts per game. Tonight? He shot 10-for-12 from the charity stripe, *making* as many shots as Butler's entire team *attempted*.
Heron was terrific all night, finishing with 28 points.
— Lukas Harkins (@hardwiredsports) February 13, 2019
St. John’s did not play particularly well, either, but it is the Red Storm that come out on top.
St. John's tried to let #Butler win, but Butler could not oblige. Lost opportunity for Bulldogs, who did show something after trailing by 13 in first half and 11 in second.
8-of-32 3s and season-high 17 turnovers. Those are the (ugly) key stats.
— David Woods (@DavidWoods007) February 13, 2019
As a theme of the season, 3-point shooting and turnovers will likely tell the story of how Butler did. Tonight, it was pretty bleak.
End of the day it wasn’t any of this crap that lost the game it was the 18 turnovers and 24% from 3, but dammit we were right there.
— Shooter Flatch (@HinkleHangover) February 13, 2019