Pittsburgh, Penn. There was a little more magic left in March for Butler, but it wasn't enough to get the Bulldogs back into the Sweet 16.
Butler (23-11) fell to Notre Dame (31-5) in overtime 67-64 in an epic Round of 32 game in Pittsburgh.
Roosevelt Jones, who suffered a sprained knee in the win over Texas, led the Bulldogs with 23 points (9/19 FG) and collected 5 rebounds, 3 assist, and 2 steals. Despite grimacing throughout the game, Jones managed to play the majority of minutes.
Another Bulldog recovering from a previous injury was sophomore Andrew Chrabascz who finished with 20 points on 5/15 shooting.
Sophomore Steve Vastoria led Notre Dame with 20 points (2/5 3PT) and collected 6 rebounds.
It was a battle on both ends of the floor throughout the game. Both teams went back-and-forth, hitting big shots down the stretch.
With 20 seconds to play, Butler held for the last shot from Jones. He missed a floater as he fell to his right and Notre Dame's Zach Auguste rebounded. He began to dribble and turned the ball over giving Butler another chance.
Kellen Dunham, who struggled to just 8 points (2/13 FG), had his shot blocked in the corner with 0.6 seconds left and the game ultimately headed to overtime.
In the extra frame, Alex Barlow fouled out with just under 4 minutes remaining and that changed Butler's ability to defend Notre Dame's point guard Demetrius Jackson, who finished with 13 points and 2 assists.
Jackson was able to penetrate and draw a second defender twice in overtime, where he kicked to a man in the corner for threes, which turned out to be the difference in the game.
Notre Dame's leading scorer Jerian Grant finished with 16 points (5/12 FG), 5 rebounds, and 5 assists. He clinched the game with a driving layup late in overtime to give the Irish a five point lead.
Barlow and Kameron Woods each had quality closing games for Butler. Woods finished with 8 points and a game-high 15 rebounds, while Barlow had 2 points, 5 rebounds, 3 assists, and 2 steals before fouling out in overtime.
Butler shot 33.3% (21/63) from the field while Notre Dame finished 43.1% (22/51).
NOTES: Woods finished with 956 rebounds in his career, which is 2nd all time (Daryl Mason - 961)...Tyler Wideman and Kelan Martin were once again the only subs used by Butler...Butler finished 18/21 from the FT line, while Notre Dame finished 17/22...Butler won the turnover battle committing just 7 to ND's 13.