Butler 72 Marquette 68 in OT

Marquette dropped to 10-11 and 2-7 in Big East play with another dissapointing home loss to No. 24 Butler. The 72-68 overtime decision extended the Golden Eagles' conference losing skid to five games, as Andrew Chrabascz's career-high 30 points and a late Butler comeback sank the Golden Eagles' hopes at an upset

The fast-paced, back-and-forth affair represented another solid chapter of Marquette and Butler's new, yet exciting rivalry.

While Chrabascz's big day paced Butler, Kameron Woods pulled down an astonishing 18 rebounds to help the Bulldogs dominate the battle of the boards 47-33.

"They crashed hard," Luke Fischer said. "I guess they just wanted it more."

Following the recent trend, Matt Carlino and Duane Wilson led Marquette on the stat sheet with 18 points a piece. Fischer had a decent offensive game under the basket with 12 points, while Juan Anderson put up 12 of his own in another solid all-around effort.

Steve Wojciechowski said he hoped the defeat, along with the losing streak, will teach his team how to finish games.

"I'm disappointed for our players, because they played with a winning effort, and we had a couple breakdowns towards the end of the game," Wojciechowski said. "I think where we got hurt was not being able to rebound and losing guys in transition. That will bother us even more than some of the offensive stuff we didn't execute as well."

Butler scored the game's first seven points after a jumper from Kellen Dunham, two free throws from Woods and a 3-pointer from Alex Barlow.

Fischer opened the scoring for Marquette by completing a 3-point play on a foul by Chrabascz. A transition layup by Derrick Wilson cut it to a two-point Butler lead, but a Chrabascz layup and 3-pointer on back-to-back posessions put Butler out in front by seven again.

[#13 Carlino had 18pts, 6 assists,3 steals and 3 reb vs Butler]

Carlino buried a contested trey to make it a two-point contest again, and Fischer tied the game with a contested layup just under the 12-minute mark. From there, the Bulldogs retook and maintained the lead for the rest of the half and headed to the locker room up 29-26.

Chrabascz led all scorers at the break with 13 points, as Marquette again struggled to defend the frontcourt early. Fischer led the Golden Eagles with eight points (3-7 from the field), while Duane Wilson (1-5) and Anderson (2-3) chipped in five each.

While neither side shot over 40 percent from the field over the first 20 minutes, both teams took care of the basketball well, combining for only eight turnovers. That number would balloon to 24 by the end of the contest, as sloppy play dominated most of the second half.

Marquette connected on just nine of its first 28 field goal attempts, but didn't allow Butler to establish a great deal of offensive rhythm thanks to high-pressure defense.

[Duane Wilson drove, leaned, hung in the air for 35 minutes and ended up with 18 pts, 5 rebs, 1 assist and 1 Steal. Here he drives between #3 Barlow and #45 Chrabascz]

Duane Wilson opened the second half with a quick steal and transition dunk on Butler's first possession. Then, a deep Carlino three gave Marquette its first lead since the first minute of the contest.

A 3-pointer from Anderson at the far corner gave the Golden Eagles a four-point advantage (their largest to that point) at 16:30. That lead quickly evaporated over the next two Butler possessions, as a trey from Dunham retook the lead for the Bulldogs.

From a difficult angle, Derrick Wilson beat the shot clock on a 3-pointer to again give Marquette a four-point advantage just under the 14-minute mark.

After Duane Wilson and the Golden Eagle defense held onto that lead for nearly eight minutes, Carlino knocked down his fourth 3-pointer to make it 51-45.

A technical foul on the Butler bench led to two free throws from Carlino, and Duane Wilson scored on a feed from Derrick Wilson to put Marquette up by double digits.

Chrabascz helped Butler bounce back with a three-point play that cut the Bulldogs' deficit to five. Carlino's fifth trey brought it back to an eight-point lead, but two free throws from Chrabascz again made it a two-possession game with just over two minutes remaining.

A three from Barlow with 1:20 made things even tighter, and on the key follow-up possession, Derrick Wilson missed what would've been another shot clock-beating jumper. Dunham tied the game with a contested jumper at the other end.

After a Marquette timeout with just over five seconds left, Carlino lost the ball out of bounds on the inbound pass. Roosevelt Jones drove the court and fired up an off-target jumper that missed badly sending the game to overtime.

Duane Wilson scored first in the extra period, but Chrabascz quickly answered for the Bulldogs. Dunham gave Butler the lead on a goaltending call against Marquette and two more Chrabascz free throws made it a two-possession game in Butler's favor.

Duane Wilson made one of two free throws to make it a three-point deficit, but Chrabacz again had the answer for Butler. With 46.7 to go, Wilson scored a contested layup to cut it back to a three-point lead, then Carlino stole the ball and hit Anderson on the fast break to bring Marquette within one.

A pair of free throws from Barlow made it a 3-point lead again, and after two misses from downtown for Carlino, Anderson put in a rebound to make it a one-point game again. After two free throws from Dunham, Butler sent Carlino to the line where he made one, but the second was waved off on a lane violation.

From there, Marquette would not get another shot, as time ran out and the Bulldogs came away with the comeback victory.


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