No. 13 Butler holds off DePaul 70-69 in OT (Jan 21, 2017)
ROSEMONT, Ill. (AP) Kethan Savage scored 20 points and No. 13 Butler held off last-place DePaul 70-69 in overtime on Saturday.
Kamar Baldwin added 18 points and Kelan Martin had 12 for the Bulldogs (17-3, 6-2 Big East), who improved to 3-3 in road games after trailing at halftime for the sixth straight time in conference games.
Eli Cain scored a career-high 32 points for DePaul (8-12, 1-6), which was tied with Georgetown for last place in the Big East. Billy Garrett Jr. added 16 points and Tre'Darius McCallum had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Blue Demons.
Baldwin's 3-pointer put Butler ahead 68-66 with 24.9 seconds left before Garrett's three-point play gave DePaul the lead with 10.1 seconds left in overtime. Baldwin took the ball nearly the length of the court and was fouled in the lane with 3.7 seconds left. He made both free throws for a 70-69 lead. Garrett missed a 3 at the buzzer.
Butler has won three straight and six of seven.
DePaul most recently beat a ranked team when it upset No. 11 Providence last February. The Blue Demons have lost eight of nine overall.
Butler had been holding opponents to 30.6 percent shooting from 3-point range. DePaul made 11 of 24 3s.
Avery Woodson's 3 gave Butler its second lead of the game with 2:14 remaining to complete a 17-7 run. The Bulldogs' Andrew Chrabascz missed two free throws before Garrett was called for a 5-second violation with 28.7 seconds remaining. Savage was fouled with 6.1 left and made one of two free throws for a 59-58 Butler lead.
Savage was called for a reach-in foul with 2.1 seconds left. Cain made one free throw but missed the second to send the game to overtime.
DePaul was ahead 33-31 at halftime after leading by 20.
Butler is 3-3 on the road but 14-0 at home and on neutral courts. The Bulldogs will have a chance to regroup against opponents at the bottom of the Big East: they next face Seton Hall and Georgetown.
DePaul fell to 8-4 at home. The Blue Demons have gone 1-5 since nearly upsetting top-ranked Villanova on Dec. 28.
Butler visits Seton Hall on Wednesday.
DePaul plays at No. 7 Creighton next Saturday.
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