The Bulldogs outscored Vanderbilt 15-7 in the extra 5 minutes led by 9 points from senior Khyle Marshall. Marshall was unstoppable down the stretch for the Bulldogs scoring 21 of his career-high 26 points in the 2nd half and overtime. He shot 11/15 from the field and grabbed 5 rebounds.
Butler needed Marshall down the stretch and he delivered. He consistently beat his man one-on-one and gave the Bulldogs points in order to counter the ferocious comeback from Vanderbilt.
The Bulldogs led by 12 points with 6:34 left when Vanderbilt began to chip away and used a 14-2 run to cut the lead to just 2 points with 2:38 left.
Sophomore guard Eric McClellan scored a game-high 29 points, grabbed 6 rebounds, and dished out 3 assists and fueled the Commodores into the lead with his strong drives to the basket.
Vanderbilt grabbed the lead 69-68 when McClellan drove to the length of the floor in transition, scored, and was fouled by Alex Barlow.
The Commordores had a chance to win the game when McClellan drove and was fouled by Kameron Woods down 70-69. McClellan made the 1st free throw and missed the 2nd and grabbed the rebound and had a chance to win the game, but was called for traveling on the ensuing drive.
Sophomore Kellen Dunham, who scored 16 points (3/7 3PT), missed a fall away 3-point attempt from the left wing and it was time for extra basketball.
Poor free-throw shooting also allowed Vanderbilt to overcome their foul troubles and remain in the game. Vanderbilt was called for 31 fouls throughout the game, but Butler was just 18/31 (58.1%) from the free throw line.
In overtime Marshall was the go-to player and he helped the Bulldogs pulled away for the win.
Junior Kameron Woods followed up his double-double against Princeton with 10 points, 9 rebounds, 4 assists, and 4 blocks against Vanderbilt.
Early in the game Butler and Vanderbilt went back and forth.
Vanderbilt began the game on an 8-0 run, but Butler responded with hot shooting from the outside. The Bulldogs were 6/9 from 3-point range in the 1st half and Butler took a 38-30 lead into halftime.
Butler shot 30/64 (46.9%) from the field including 7/19 (36.8%) from 3 point range. Vanderbilt was 26/54 (48.1%) from the field including 5/16 (31.2%) from 3-point range.
Foul trouble plagued both teams all game. A total of 54 fouls were called in the game. Alex Barlow fouled out after just 20 minutes on the floor and was in foul trouble early, which allowed Jackson Aldridge to also play 20 minutes and score 7 points (2/3 3PT).
Vanderbilt also received a solid performance from freshman Damian Jones with 12 points and 3 rebounds, while leading scorer Rod Odom scored just 9 points and had 6 rebounds.
Butler is back in action against Ball State (2-1) on Saturday when they travel away from Hinkle Fieldhouse for the 1st time all season.
Notes:Andrew Chrabascz scored 7 points and grabbed 2 rebounds off the bench. He played with great energy and effort all night...Elijah Brown scored 4 points off the bench in 16 minutes...With Barlow saddled with foul trouble, freshman Rene Castro also saw early minutes and finished with 4 points and 1 rebound...Devontae Morgan saw 16 minutes and provided energy, great defense, and stuffed another stat sheet finishing with 2 points, 3 rebounds, 2 steals in 16 minutes...Attendance was 6,617
It was over when... Khyle Marshall scored and was fouled by Shelby Moats with 38 seconds left in overtime to extend the Butler lead to 84-77.
Stat of the Game: 17-2 - Butler outscored Vanderbilt by this margin on 2nd chance points. The Bulldogs held a 13-10 advantage on the offensive glass despite being out-rebounded 38-36.