November 25, 2007

Butler Outshoots Texas Tech, 81-71

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- Mike Green scored 23 points and No. 22 Butler relied on its 3-point shooting to beat Texas Tech 81-71 Saturday night.

Butler made 16 3s Saturday and set the tournament record with 47 3-pointers in three games, smashing UC-Irvine's mark of 34 set in 1990.

A.J. Graves was 6-of-8 for 3-pointers and had 18 points, and Green made all four of his shots from beyond the arc for Butler.

Leading by two at the half, Butler (6-0) made four 3-pointers in the first five minutes to open a 48-36 lead. But the Red Raiders rallied behind Alan Voskuil's three 3s, cutting the lead to 55-50 with just under 12 minutes left.

Over the next five minutes Butler added five more 3-pointers, pushing the lead to 71-57. Texas Tech never got closer than nine after that.

Zeno Martin led Texas Tech with 17 and John Roberson added 15.

Both teams got off to a slow start. Texas Tech (4-2) scored only two baskets in the first seven minutes and turned the ball over six times.

Butler built a 31-19 lead with 3:55 to go in the first half behind four 3-pointers, but Voskuil made a 3 with six seconds left in the half to cut the lead to 34-32.