|Posted on March 18, 2018 at 2:30 PM|
Article by Dan Tortora
The Butler Bulldogs, a 10-seed, advanced past the 7th-seeded Arkansas Razorbacks here in Detroit, Michigan, to find themselves pitted against the 2nd-seeded Purdue Boilermakers in the Round of 32, following Purdue's win over the 15th-seeded CSU Fullerton Tigers.
Butler got things started with a layup from senior forward Tyler Wideman.
Senior guard P.J. Thompson brought things even at 8-8 for Purdue off of his make from beyond the arc.
Redshirt-sophomore forward Sean McDermott answered with a three of his own for the Bulldogs, gaining the lead back, now at 11-8.
Butler would hold onto the lead from the 16:29 mark all the way to 2:54 remaining, a span of over 13 minute, before Purdue regained the advantage at the 2:53 mark, off of two made free throws by sophomore guard Carsen Edwards that brought the score to 31-30 Purdue.
After losing the lead for a few seconds, the Boilermakers would hold onto the advantage for the final 2:25 of the first half, after two free throws by redshirt-freshman center Matt Haarms.
At the break, Purdue led by four, 40-36, after trailing by as many as nine in the first half.
Butler began the second half with two buckets that helped them get the advantage back, thanks to a tip-in by McDermott followed by a three by senior forward Kelan Martin, bringing the score to 41-40 Bulldogs.
There would be two lead changes and one tie to follow before Purdue broke the tie with 15:59 remaining in the game, making it 48-45, off of a three by senior guard Dakota Mathias.
The Bulldogs cut their deficit to two possessions twice in the final five minutes and 11 seconds.
A 6-0 run by Butler that began at the 3:43 mark had the Bulldogs within two, 73-71, with 1:47 to go.
Sophomore guard Kamar Baldwin stole the ball away from the Boilermakers and tried to take on multiple defenders instead of choosing to dish it off, and was blocked heading to the rim.
Purdue's Thompson missed the front end of a 1-and-1 attempt with two seconds remaining and Martin rebounded the ball, calling timeout with 1.8 seconds left.
Baldwin broke free for the last second heave, which was close, but did not fall for Butler, as Purdue moves onto the Sweet 16 to face the 3-seed Texas Tech Red Raiders with a 76-73 victory.
Senior forward Vincent Edwards was the leading scorer for the Boilermakers, finishing with 20 points, going 6-for-8 from the field.
Martin led his team for the second time in Detroit, scoring 29 in this game to follow his 27-point game previously versus Arkansas.