IOLA, Kan. – Down by six with seven minutes to play on Wednesday at Allen County, the Butler men finished the game on a 27-11 run, including a 10-0 stretch in which the Grizzlies took the lead for good.
That late game surge allowed the Grizzlies to get a Jayhawk Conference road victory, defeating the Red Devils 88-78. It is Butler's fourth straight win and sixth in the past seven games.
Butler trailed 67-61 before mounting its comeback. The Grizzlies were still down by a point when Juwan White nailed a 3-pointer from the corner with 4:58 to go to put Butler up 75-73.
That was the start of Butler's 10-0 run, putting the Grizzlies up 82-73 after a Tyrone Coley free throw with 2:58 to go. Butler would lead by as many as 10 in the closing minutes.
Butler's dominance to end the game overshadowed a back-and-forth effort by both teams all night long. Butler didn't take its first lead until a Juwan White bucket made it 10-8 in the early going.
A Saw Ward 3-pointer with 10:17 to play in the first half closed a 7-0 Butler run that put Butler up 24-18. When Immanuel Allen scored with 8:28 left in the first half, Butler led 28-20.
That lead quickly evaporated, however, as Allen County tied the game 30-30 and scored the final bucket of the half to take a 42-40 lead at the break.
Butler would get the lead back in the second half when Kamron Brice hit two free throws to make it 48-47 with 17:04 to go. Butler would take a 54-51 lead, but fell behind 61-55. Butler would tie the game at 61-61 after a bucket by Tyrone Coley, but Allen answered with its 6-0 run.
That's when Butler took over and started its run to end the game.
Butler is now 13-6 overall and 6-4 in Jayhawk East Conference play. The Grizzlies are scheduled to play at home on Saturday against Independence, but there is a chance the game could be postponed until Monday due to impending winter weather.