All-American forward Doug McDermott hit the go-ahead 3-pointer with 49 seconds remaining to to lead nationally-ranked Creighton to a 68-63 victory over the Bulldogs in a blow-for-blow BIG EAST match-up at Hinkle Fieldhouse on Thursday, Feb. 13. The loss drops Butler to 12-13 on the season and 2-11 in conference.
Butler took a 63-61 lead with 1:14 in regulation on a lay-in by senior forward Khyle Marshall, and McDermott responded to give the #17/18 Bluejays (20-4, 10-2 BIG EAST) a 64-63 lead. After a pair of free throws from Creighton guard Austin Chatman increased the margin to 66-63, Butler sophomore guard Kellen Dunham missed one final 3-point attempt with 21 seconds remaining and Chatman hit two more free throws to ice the win.
Creighton's shooters were hot all game, and the team collectively shot 50% from the field and 40% from 3-point range. McDermott, who scored 12 of the Bluejay's first 17 points, finished with 26 points and five rebounds on 11-19 shooting.
The Bulldogs connected on 45% of their 3-point attempts, led by Dunham, who finished with 16 points on 6-13 shooting. Junior guard Alex Barlow added three more 3-pointers for Butler, and has shot 6-12 from deep over the last two games. Barlow had 13 points, four assists, and a game-high three steals for the Bulldogs.
"Tonight was a heck of a college basketball game," said Butler coach Brandon Miller. "Our guys fought, our guys competed, and our guys played Butler basketball from the start to the end. I couldn't be more proud of the way we played."
Freshman forward Andrew Chrabascz finished with 10 points, three rebounds, and two assists, helping the Bulldogs battle through a game in which the lead changed twelve times. Junior forward Kameron Woods added 12 rebounds for Butler.
The Bulldogs will continue on the road at BIG EAST opponent St. John's on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 9 p.m.
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