COL BKB: Butler 51, Ill.-Chicago 46

Feb. 20, 2008 at 11:52 PM
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CHICAGO, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- A three-pointer by A.J. Graves with 45 seconds left gave Butler the lead Wednesday and the eighth-ranked Bulldogs outlasted Illinois-Chicago 51-46.

Graves scored 14 points and Pete Campbell added 12 for Butler (25-2, 14-2 Horizon League). It was the Bulldogs' ninth straight win.

Illinois-Chicago (14-13, 8-8) was led by 15 points from Josh Mayo and 13 from Jermaine Dailey. The Flames have lost three in a row.

A three-point play by Dailey tied the game with 1:14 remaining, but Butler then took the lead on Graves' key shot. After Scott Vandermeer missed a jumper for the Flames, Mike Green claimed the rebound for Butler and was fouled.

Green missed the front end of a one-and-one chance and Vandermeer rebounded. Mayo missed a three-point try that would have tied it and Graves rebounded. He was fouled with a second left and made two free throws to account for the final score.

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