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Late Surge Sinks Bulldogs

February 5, 2014


MILWAUKEE, WIS. -- Guard Todd Mayo fueled a late second-half charge that carried host Marquette from a ten-point deficit to a 69-62 victory over Butler at the BMO Harris Bradley Center on Tuesday (Feb. 4).  The loss was Butler's fourth in five BIG EAST road contests this season.

Mayo came off the bench and scored all 17 of his points in the final 13 minutes of the game.  He scored 10 points in a 17-7 Marquette run that lifted the Golden Eagles from a 43-33 deficit to a 50-50 tie with 8:26 remaining.  He added seven more points in the final eight minutes to help Marquette capture the seven-point win.

The late surge erased a strong late early performance by the Bulldogs (12-10, 2-8 BIG EAST).  Butler battled to a 25-23 halftime lead and then out-scored Marquette (13-10, 5-5 BE), 18-10, in the first seven minutes of the second half.

"The game had two different parts to it," said Butler head coach Brandon Miller.  "I thought we played terrific basketball for the first 28 minutes of the game.  We were up ten, but the last 12 minutes was a different game."

"Marquette played great.  They finished strong.  They did some things down the stretch that caused us problems,"  continued the Butler coach.  "But what we've been great at all year is taking care of the ball.  We've been great at getting shots every time down.  And in this game we weren't able to get as many shots as we needed to get, and we turned the ball over 20 times.  Any time we do that, our margin of error is too small and we're not going to win very many games."

Butler entered the contest as the leader in the BIG EAST in fewest turnovers per game (10.0).  But the Bulldogs committed nine miscues in the first half and then added 11 more in the final 20 minutes.  Marquette finished with a 15-8 scoring advantage in points off turnovers.

The two teams traded leads through the first half, before Butler grabbed the halftime advantage on a conventional three-point play by senior Khyle Marshall with just over a minute left in the opening period.

The Bulldogs then surged to a 10-point lead on the strength of a 14-6 run to open the second half.  Freshman Andrew Chrabascz scored seven of the 14 points, including the field goal that put Butler in front, 39-29, with 15:47 left.  Butler's lead remained between eight and ten points, until the Mayo-led charge.

Sophomore Kellen Dunham led the Bulldogs with 16 points and seven rebounds, while Marshall finished with 13 points.  Freshman Elijah Brown came off the bench with 11 points, and Chrabascz finished with ten.  Junior Kameron Woods shared team rebounding honors with seven, while point-guard Alex Barlow matched his career-high with six assists.

Jamil Wilson matched Mayo for game scoring honors with 17 points.  Teammate Davante Gardner added 13 points and Deonte Burton came off the bench with 11.

The Bulldogs held Marquette just nine field goals and 36% shooting in the opening half, but the Golden Eagles knocked down 18 of 30 (60%) in the second half.

Butler will wrap up its three-game conference road stretch on Saturday (Feb. 8) at Georgetown.  The 1 p.m. (ET) contest will be nationally-televised on CBS.    

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