Second-Half Run Pushes Butler Past UW-Green Bay, 63-57
Feb. 13, 2006
GREEN BAY, Wis. (AP) - Brandon Polk scored 26 points, including 10 straight during the decisive second-half run, to lead Butler to a 63-57 victory at Wisconsin-Green Bay Monday.
With the game tied at 44 and under eight minutes left, Polk scored all 10 Butler points during a 10-2 run that gave the Bulldogs a 54-46 lead.
After Ryan Evanochko hit a 3-pointer for Green Bay, Butler's Bruce Horan answered with a 3-pointer with 58 seconds left to seal the game for the Bulldogs (16-9, 9-4), who remained in second place in the Horizon League.
Josh Lawrence hit a pair of 3-pointers down the stretch for Green Bay (13-14, 7-8), but Butler hit 6-of-8 free throws in the final 42 seconds.
Lawrence finished with 16 points to lead Green Bay, and Evanochko had 15.
A.J. Graves added 13 points for Butler, and Brandon Crone had 12, including back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the game at 44. Butler made six 3-pointers in the second half after going just 1-for-14 on 3s in the first half.
Late in the first half, Terry Evans converted a 3-point play inside and Lawrence followed with a 3-pointer to start an 11-0 run for Green Bay. It gave the Phoenix a 21-12 lead.
Butler was just 4-of-18 from the field, but the Bulldogs closed the half strong to climb within 23-21 at halftime.
Polk scored inside and added two free throws to give himself 14 of Butler's first 16 points, and the Bulldogs' first 3-pointer came from Avery Sheets with 1:07 left in the half.