Husky Men Lose Heartbreaker in Alaska

The Husky Men lost to Butler tonight 67-64 as the Bulldogs came from 18 points back in the second half to take the lead in the final minute and win. David Dixon led the Huskies with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Curtis Allen had 12 and both Doug Wrenn and Erroll Knight pitched in 10 to round out the double-digit scorers. Wrenn scored all of his points in the first half.

The Bulldogs shot themselves back into the game by shooting 7-14 from behind the three-point arc in the second half. The Huskies had no answer.

"They are a real good team," said Dixon. "They hit the three point shot when they really needed it. They're a real experienced team, and experience will probably beat youth any day."

Dixon's performance was quite impressive, considering how far he's come since his first days as a Husky two years ago.

"I'm really happy the way he's playing for the team," said Head Coach Bob Bender said of his starting center. "There is a kid that really made a huge change because of a commitment for wanting to go out positively in his senior year."

The Huskies turned the ball over 22 times in the ball game, and that proved to be too much to overcome. It even overshadowed the Washington's wide rebounding edge of 36-23 and cancelled out a great night at the free throw line, where the Huskies shot nearly 80 percent by hitting 18-23 attempts.

Dixon felt that the team learned from tonight's game.

"We are a young team and we probably had to go through something like this to help us down the road," he said. "Now we know what to do at the end of the game. If this situation was to come up again on Saturday against Santa Clara, we should be solid."

Bender's team came out on fire in the first half, using a 14-0 run to race out to a comfortable early lead. Allen and Wrenn led the team with 10 points apiece heading into halftime. Knight had 7 and Will Conroy 5.

Several Huskies received awards after the game. Making the All-Tournament team were Dixon, Allen, and Knight. Wrenn was named the Most Valuable Player of the Top of the World Classic.

"I'm really proud of this group," said Bender. "This was a real important test for us to come up here. Having gone through a game like this there will be no doubt as to where our weaknesses are and where our strengths are. There are things that we have to improve but there were positives. We got better every time when we stepped on the floor up here." Top Stories