IOLA, Kan - The Butler men won its third straight conference win on the road by beating Allen County 89-74 on Wednesday.
Butler (16-12 overall, 8-9 conference) had six players finish in double figures, with sophomore Derrick Byrd scoring 17 points to lead the Grizzlies.
Butler quickly rebounded from an early deficit, as Allen opened with an 8-0 run just 3:30 into the game. Damien Akao's three-pointer from the far corner tied the contest at 15-15 at the 11:32 mark, then Will Adler and Alec Hildreth followed with baskets to give Butler its first lead of the game.
Akao added another trey at the 6:43 mark to put Butler up 26-19. The Grizzlies went into halftime with a 42-30 lead, ending the half on an 8-2 run.
Butler extended its lead to 16 in the second half when Derrick Byrd hit two foul shots with 14:12 to play. The Red Devils closed the margin to seven on two separate occassions, the latter coming with 4:33 remaining when DeRon Mims scored a layup off a steal.
A 10-2 Butler run pushed the lead back to 15, as Adler and Hervey hit three-pointers to give the Grizzlies a 82-67 lead with 2:22 left. Butler closed out the game by hitting 7-of-8 foul shots, with Hervey making 5-of-6.
The Grizzlies finished shooting strong in the second half, hitting 58 percent (15-of-26) from the field and hit 88 percent from the foul ine (14-of-16). Overall, Butler made 49 percent (31-of-63) from the field, while Allen connected on 42 percent (24-of-57). The Red Devils hit just 1-of-18 three-pointers.
Allen (14-14, 5-12) was led in scoring by Jameel Henson's 18 points.
The road win was key for Butler, who remains still alive for a first-round playoff game. The Grizzlies are locked into a three-way tie with Seward County and Garden City for seventh place in the conference, as the top eight teams will host an opening-round game.
Butler will finish out the road portion of the conference schedule Saturday with a 4 p.m. contest at Pratt, then return home for the regular season finale against Cowley on Monday at 5:30 p.m.