INDIANAPOLIS, IND. -- Visiting DePaul shot 64% in the second half and then got even hotter in overtime to pull out a come-from-behind, 99-94 double-overtime victory over Butler in a BIG EAST game at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Thursday (Jan. 9). The loss drops the Bulldogs to 10-5 on the season and 0-3 in conference.
After the Bulldogs led by as many as 12 points in the second half, the Blue Demons (9-8, 1-3 BIG EAST), led by forward Cleveland Melvin (30 points, 8 rebounds) finished the game on an 11-0 run to force overtime. DePaul got out to a 5 point lead in the first overtime, but the Bulldogs rallied behind sophomore guard Kellen Dunham, who had 5 points in the final minute of the extra period, before tying the game as the clock expired on a lay-in from junior guard Jackson Aldridge, forcing a second overtime.
The Blue Demons outscored Butler 12-7 in the second overtime, with Melvin and guard Brandon Young icing the game at the free throw line in the final 30 seconds. DePaul guard Billy Garrett, who finished with 22 points, 5 rebounds, and 5 assists, hit the go-ahead layup to open the second overtime, giving the Blue Demons a lead they would never give up.
DePaul, after hitting 14 of 22 shots in the final 20 minutes of regulation play, connected on 8 of 11 (72.7%) attempts in the two overtime periods. The Blue Demons shot a season-best 58.2% for the game, including a season-high 57.1% from beyond the three-point arc.
Dunham finished with 30 points on 9-25 shooting for the Bulldogs, including 6 3-pointers after starting the game 0-7 from the field.
"When you have breakdowns like we did tonight, and another team is making shots at the level that DePaul was making shots, they made us pay," said Butler coach Brandon Miller. "They made us pay for a lot of the mistakes that we made tonight, and give them a lot of credit."
The Bulldogs were boosted by junior forward Kameron Woods, who finished with 17 points and 14 rebounds, for his 8th career double-double, and 4th on the year. Freshman forward Andrew Chrabascz also added 10 points, 5 rebounds, and 2 assists off the bench for Butler, playing a career-high 29 minutes.
Butler will continue BIG EAST play at home on Saturday, Jan. 9, against Georgetown.
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