INDIANAPOLIS (IN) - Butler (11-7, 1-5) finally had an overtime game in Big East play that went their way.
The Bulldogs trailed Marquette (10-8, 2-3) 40-28 a few minutes into the 2nd half, but outscored the Golden Eagles 41-17 over the final 21 minutes of the second half and overtime to win 69-57.
After Jake Thomas connected on two free throws in the closing seconds of regulation to tie the game at 49-49, Butler secured the game by jumping into the lead with a 12-2 run in overtime.
Over the last few games, Butler's defense was a liability. That wasn't the case against Marquette. The Golden Eagles committed 16 turnovers and Butler had 7 steals, while Butler turned it over just 11 times.
The Bulldogs held Marquette to just 20/65 (30.8%) from the field including 4/24 (16.7%) from three. The Golden Eagles finished 13/17 (76.5%) from the free throw line.
Dunham finished 6/15 from the floor including 2/6 from three point range, while Marshall shot 8/15, but connected on just 2/10 form the free throw stripe.
Butler shot 24/58 (41.4%) from the field including 6/16 (37.5%) from three. They did struggle, in large part due to Marshall, from the free throw line connecting on just 15/29 (51.7%) shots.
Kameron Woods, who scored a field goal for the first time in three games, and finished with a double-double with 16 points and 14 rebounds. The double-double was the 9th of his career and the 5th this season, and it was the 17th double figure rebounding game of his career and 11th this season.
Davante Gardner led Marquette with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Gardner scored just 4 points after halftime and finished 6/16 from the field.
Marquette jumped out quickly to a lead in the first half. The Golden Eagles, visiting Hinkle Fieldhouse for the first time since 1990, looked comfortable in the hostile environment and led 16-9 after 7 minutes.
Butler battled back and trimmed the lead to one, but Marquette continued to hold the lead for the rest of the half. The Golden Eagles surged into halftime leading 32-26.
Marquette looked to take the fight out of the Bulldogs early in the 2nd half. The Golden Eagles started the half on an 8-2 run and led 40-28 with 16:15 left in the game.
Over the next 10 minutes Butler slowly chipped away at the Marquette lead. Butler went on a 16-4 run to tie the game at 44-44 with 6:05 left.
Butler looked like it had the game in hand until Barlow fouled Thomas up 49-47 with 6.5 seconds left.
Woods and Dunham dominated in overtime. The two combined for 14 of the 20 Butler points in the extra period as Butler outscored Marquette 20-8 in overtime.
NOTES: Erik Fromm hit a few huge baskets and finished with 8 points (2/4 3PT) in 28 minutes...Alex Barlow stuffed the stat sheet with 3 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists, 4 steals, and 1 block in 43 minutes...Elijah Brown and Andrew Chrabascz each finished with 3 points off the bench which outscored Marquette 6-4...Jake Thomas had 9 points (1/8 3PT) for Marquette...Marquette continued to beat up Butler in the paint outscoring the Bulldogs 28-12...Butler converted the 16-11 turnover margin into a 13-7 advantage in points off turnovers...Marquette outrebounded Butler 45-39...Attendance was 10,000 (a sellout).
It was over when...Khyle Marshall hit a jumper with 2 minutes left in overtime and extended Butler's lead to 58-51.
State of the Game: 41-17 - Butler ouscored Marquette by that margin over the final 21 minutes of the 2nd half and overtime to secure their first Big East win.