CONCORDIA, Kan. – The Butler men's basketball team won its sixth straight game with a 61-57 road win at Cloud County on Wednesday afternoon in Arley A. Bryant Gymnasium.
The game was originally scheduled to start at 8 p.m. but was moved up to 3 p.m. ahead of an anticipated winter storm that caused the postponement of the other three games scheduled in conference play.
Butler is now 22-6 on the season and 10-4 in Jayhawk West Conference action. With the win, Butler is now alone in third place in the conference with a half-game lead over Barton. No. 6 Hutchinson as Seward are tied for first at 10-2.
Butler led early by a 10-5 margin, but Cloud went on an 11-2 run to take an 18-12 lead midway through the half. The Thunderbirds led 25-24 with three minutes to play in the half, but the Grizzlies closed the period on a 9-0 run. Sean Osler hit a pair of 3-pointers and Sean Goodwin came up with a steal at mid court and drove for a layup while getting fouled. He made the free throw to give the Grizzlies a 33-25 lead at the break.
Butler would lead by as many as 11 points early in the second half and led by at least seven most of the period. Cloud would get as close as four points late, but Osler hit three of four free throws in the final seconds to ice the win.
Osler led Butler with 21 points, including making four 3-pointers. It is the second time in the past three games and the second straight road game in which he has ht the 20-point mark. It matches his career high that he set a year ago in a home game against Colby.
Goodwin also had a big game for the Grizzlies, scoring a career-high 18 points. His previous high was 13 points in a win at Hutchinson 10 days ago.
Butler dominates second half of big road win at Cloud
CONCORDIA, Kan. – The Butler women dominated the final 15 minutes of their game at Cloud County on Wednesday afternoon, beating the Thunderbirds 70-43 in Arley A. Bryant Gymnasium.
The win assures the Grizzlies a first-round home game in the upcoming Region VI playoffs. Butler is now 22-6 on the season, 10-4 in Jayhawk West Conference play. The Grizzlies are a half-game behind Seward County for third place in the conference standings. Butler will host Seward on Saturday at the Power Plant in El Dorado.
Butler led at Cloud throughout the first half, but usually by just a point or two. The Grizzlies did score the final four points of the first half and led 24-20 at the break in what had been a sluggish start to the game by both teams. The game, which was originally slated to start at 6 p.m., was moved up five hours to try to beat an incoming winter storm.
Page 2 of 2 - Cloud scored the first three points of the second half and would eventually take a 26-25 lead early in the second half. The game was tied 34-34 with 12 minutes to play when Samantha Satterlee hit the first of three 3-point baskets that would give Butler its first sizeable margin of the contest.
Satterlee's shots would trigger a 21-4 Butler run, turning a close contest into a Butler blowout. Butler had 34 points in the first 28 minutes of the game and scored 36 more points in the final 12 minutes.
Satterlee led Butler with 14 points, while Katie Andersen scored 13, Ashlee Ivy had 11 and Carly Bettencourt had 10 points. Jamillah Bonner had seven points in the game, giving her 1,002 points in her Butler career. She is only the second Butler women's player to hit that mark, joining Lakeisha Levi.