The Butler men completed a season sweep of Garden City on Saturday night, cruising to a 69-55 win over the Broncbusters in the Power Plant that was powered by a double-double performance by sophomore Sean Osler.
Osler led the Grizzlies with 13 points and 10 rebounds and was the catalyst early, when Butler jumped out in front by a 9-2 score. Midway through the half, Shomari Triggs would score four straight points and Butler led 19-7. Garden City shaved Butler's lead slightly, but it would be an Osler 3-pointer with 5:10 left in the first half that put the Grizzlies back in front by double digits at 26-15.
From that point, Butler accelerated to the end of the first half, taking an 18-point lead when Osler made a basket and free throw to make it 35-17 with 2:40 left in the period. The Grizzlies would lead by the same margin at half, 39-21.
Butler continued to have a stranglehold on the contest into the second half, eventually leading by as many as 23 points after a basket by Sean Goodwin made it 62-39 with 9:10 to play in the contest.
Garden City would make a late run, including a basket with less than a second left in the contest, to get back within 14 points at the end.
In addition to the double-double from Osler, Butler would get 11 points from Shomari Triggs and nine from Ja'ln Williams, who also electrified the crowd with a block from behind to stunt a Garden City fast break opportunity in the second half.
Butler is now 17-6 overall and 5-4 in Jayhawk West Conference play while Garden City falls to 10-13 and 2-7. The Grizzlies, who also beat Garden City 76-55 on the road in January, win both games by an average margin of victory of 17.5 points. It is Butler's first season sweep of Garden City since the 2009-10 season.
Butler women blow out No. 11 Garden City, 73-46
The Butler women avenged an earlier triple-overtime loss in dominating fashion on Saturday night, rolling past No. 11 Garden City by a 73-46 score in the Power Plant.
Garden, which had beaten Butler 86-84 in triple overtime at home in January, was no match for the Grizzlies on this night. Butler raced to a 9-0 lead in the first two minutes. Back-to-back 3-pointers by Shayla Williams and Carly Bettencourt gave the Grizzlies a 22-8 lead with 9:01 left in the first half.
The lead went past 20 points when Bettencourt hit two more long-range shots, the second giving Butler a 31-9 lead with 7:16 left in the period. Eventually, the Grizzlies would take a 37-20 lead into the halftime locker room.
Butler continued to dominate early in the second half, starting the period on a 12-2 run. Later, another layup in transition by Chelsea Hodison gave Butler its biggest lead at 68-35 with 5:16 left in the game.
Page 2 of 2 - The final 27-point margin of victory is the second widest margin of victory for Butler in conference play and is the most lopsided loss of the season for the nationally-ranked Busters, who fall to 20-3 overall and 6-3 in conference play.
Butler improves to 18-5 overall and moves into a tie for third place in the Jayhawk West standings with Garden. Both teams are 6-3, sitting behind Hutchinson (9-0) and Cloud County (7-2).
Individually, Butler was led by Jamillah Bonner, who scored a game-high 21 points and just missed a double-double with nine rebounds. Samantha Satterlee scored 15 points while Carly Bettencourt and Tysia Manual scored 10 points apiece. Garden City was led by Tamara Jones' 19 points while Tahlia Pope had 13 points and 10 rebounds.
Butler will be off Wednesday night before travelling to face another nationally-ranked team next Saturday when Butler will play No. 1 Hutchinson in the Sports Arena at 5:30 p.m.