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Butler’s 46 not enough in overtime thriller

Feb 01, 2018
Photo by: Andy Krutsinger Brock Butler takes a three-pointer during Wednesday night’s loss to Blackburn College. Butler finished the game with a career-high 46 points.

By Andy Krutsinger, Mt. Pleasant News

 

Brock Butler scored 46 points for the Iowa Wesleyan men on Wednesday night, including the game-tying three-pointer to send the game to overtime, but the Tiger men couldn’t pull off the upset against Blackburn College, falling 100-94 in OT.

The senior guard was red hot early on in the game. Butler hit shot after shot over the first 20 minutes, scoring 28 points int eh first half including four shots from three-point land.

The Tigers held a small lead throughout the first half, but Blackburn punched back every time IW would start to stretch their lead. After 20 minutes of basketball, IW led 45-42.

The Beavers came out of the locker rooms firing to begin the second half. Blackburn scored the first five points of the half to take a lead, and didn’t trail for the rest of the half. The Beavers led by nine points on two different occasions, including an 85-76 advantage with 2:32 remaining, before IW made their run to tie it.

Butler hit a couple of free throws to cut the lead to seven points and Mitchell Drey ignited the IW crowd with a three-pointer that cut it to 85-81 with 1:42 remaining. Butler made a couple of free throws in the last 30 seconds to get it down to two points, at 85-83.

Blackburn’s Duncan King hit one of two free throws with 21 seconds left, opening the door for the Tigers to tie it. Butler knocked down a three-pointer with six seconds remaining and Blackburn was unable to score at the buzzer, sending the crowd in to a frenzy and the game into overtime.

The Beavers scored a couple of points on free throws to start the extra frame. Jake Neubauer hit a three-pointer on the other end, however and gave the Tigers their first lead since early in the contest, 89-88 with 3:48 left.

After two more Blackburn free throws, Butler hit a jump shot to give the Tigers back the one-point advantage. King gave Blackburn back the lead with a jump shot of his own, 92-91 with 2:30 left.

Blackburn’s Nigel Ferrell hit the dagger with 52 seconds left. He knocked down a three-pointer at the end of the shot clock, stretching the lead to 95-91 with just 52 seconds left.

IW was never able to get the ball back while they were within one posession. Blackburn hit their free throws and IW had to settle for the six-point loss.

“We knew it would be a battle (and) we knew it would be a tough game,” Head coach Alex Huisman said after the game. “The guys expended a lot of energy just to get back in it and did everything they could to give us a chance.”

Butler’s 46 was a career high. He finished the game 14-25 from the field, 5-11 from the three-point line and 13-14 from the charity stripe.

Austin Banks, scored 12 points and dished out five assists. Drey had 11 points. Jarryd Fernandes scored 10. Neubauer finished with eight points and six rebounds. Camron Mack scored four and Andre Van Hook finished with three.

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