ARKANSAS CITY, Kan. – The Butler men started slow, but finished strong for an 84-71 road win at Cowley County.
Cowley led 8-0 early on and had its biggest lead at 20-9 midway through the first half. Butler finally started to gain momentum by pushing the ball up the floor with some key 3-pointers.
Caelan Neal scored seven points in a short stretch in which Butler took the lead. It was his layup that put Butler ahead 30-29 with 3:50 left in the half.
The Grizzlies went on a 30-11 run and led 41-35 at the half. The surge continued in the second half. Butler quickly pushed the lead to double digits, going up 50-38 after a 3-pointer by Semaj Hervey with 15:40 left.
The lead grew to as many as 21 points after a Derrick Byrd layup made the score 78-57 with 4:30 remaining.
For the game, the Grizzlies made 34 of 60 shots for 56.7 percent, which is the second-highest of the season (59 percent vs On Point Academy).
The Grizzlies have their second win in the past three games and improve to 13-11 overall and 5-8 in Jayhawk Conference play. Butler stays on the road for its next game, with a 6 p.m. tipoff at Independence on Saturday.