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Recap: Butler 59, George Washington 56
Line Movements
Date: February 09, 2013 2:00 PM EDT
  

WASHINGTON (AP) - There were two held balls and an out-of-bounds traveling call in the final 10 seconds. A ranked team nearly blew a 17-point lead against a team that starts four freshmen. At one point, the officials - who had to use a sub after a first-half injury - forgot that a free throw was the front end of a 1-and-1.

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Such were the oddities of No. 14 Butler's first trip to the Smith Center as the Bulldogs make their inaugural tour of unfamiliar hostile environments in the school's first Atlantic 10 season.

Butler held on for a 59-56 win over George Washington on Saturday, despite going the final 7 1/2 minutes without a field goal. The arena's first sellout crowd since 2006 nearly willed the Colonials to victory against the new kid with the target on his back.

``Five straight places that have been absolutely jumping,' Butler coach Brad Stevens said. ``You have to find a way to be tough. You have to find a way to stay together. Nothing builds team like that kind of environment. I really like it.'

The Bulldogs (20-4, 7-2 A-10) improved to 3-2 on the road in the conference, but only because they built enough of a cushion to withstand GW's feisty comeback. Butler led 48-31 with 12 minutes to play, but the Colonials' full-court press and Roosevelt Jones' poor free throw shooting - he entered the game shooting 59.1 percent and went 2 for 9 from the line, all in the second half - helped get the Colonials back into the game and set up a frenetic finish.

After Joe McDonald cut the lead to five with a free throw with 1:34 remaining, Jones was fouled and missed two more at the line. Lasan Kromah's tip-in then made it 57-54 with 52 seconds to play, and McDonald then made a steal in the backcourt and was fouled. He made both free throws, and it was 57-56 with 44 seconds left.

Kellen Dunham made two free throws with 24 seconds to go to restore Butler's three-point lead. With a chance to tie, McDonald missed a 3-pointer, and a held ball was called on the rebound with 9 seconds remaining. Possession went to Butler, but Jones was called for traveling along the baseline before throwing the ball inbounds.

Nemanja Mikic missed another 3 for the Colonials (11-11, 5-4), and another held ball gave the ball back to George Washington. McDonald had the ball for one final shot, but he was stripped in a crowd as he went up for the shot.

``We just couldn't get that open 3,' said George Washington coach Mike Lonergan, whose team shot 1 for 12 from 3-point range.

Stevens said he didn't consider taking Jones out of the game, even when it became apparent the junior forward was going to be fouled at every opportunity.

``No thought at all,' Stevens said, ``because he gets every loose ball. Loose balls are a lot more important, and Roosevelt's a big shot-maker.'

Jones was wearing padding after he hurt his shoulder Wednesday against St. Bonaventure, but he said the injury didn't affect him. He finished with 12 points, and Rotnei Clark scored 14 to lead the Bulldogs.

Isaiah Armwood had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Colonials, who were hosting their highest-ranked opponent since 2000. The Colonials shot 28 percent and were rattled early, prompting Lonergan to call in the veterans off his bench.

``There was definitely some nerves,' he said.

Butler took the lead for good with a 17-2 run in the first half, holding the Colonials without a field goal for nearly 8 minutes. Leading 31-22 at halftime, the Bulldogs pushed the lead to 17 on consecutive jumpers by Clark.

But foul trouble hurt Butler late. Erik Fromm got his fifth with 6:48 remaining, and Andrew Smith was gone with 4:52 to go. Shortly afterward, the Colonials cut the deficit to single digits for the first time in the second half on Kromah's layup with 4:21 left.

But they couldn't finish the comeback.

``It hurts when you're so close,' Lonergan said. ``But it beats losing by 30.'

One of the officials, Joe DeMayo, left the game late in the first half with a right Achilles injury. The teams finished the half with two officials, and a substitute joined the crew for the second half.

George Washington hasn't beaten a ranked team at home since 1998. Saturday's game was homecoming, and it celebrated the 20th anniversary of the 1993 team that made the round of 16 in the NCAA tournament.

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 BUTLER  -150   -2.5   130 
 GEOWAS  +130   +2.5   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 BUTLER  -150   -3    
 GEOWAS  +130   +3   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 BUTLER  86%   81%   n/a 
 GEOWAS  14%   19%   n/a 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Feb 9
 
    Temple at Dayton
11:00 AM EDT
    Georgetown at Rutgers
12:00 PM EDT
    Hofstra at UNC Wilmington
12:00 PM EDT
    Michigan at Wisconsin
12:00 PM EDT
    Florida State at Wake Forest
12:00 PM EDT
    Northern Illinois at Buffalo
1:00 PM EDT
    Southern Illinois at Indiana State
1:00 PM EDT
    Akron at Miami (OH)
1:00 PM EDT
    Mississippi at Missouri
1:00 PM EDT
    Georgia Tech at Virginia Tech
1:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma State at Texas
1:45 PM EDT
    Arkansas at Vanderbilt
1:45 PM EDT
    Towson at Georgia State
2:00 PM EDT
    Tulane at Houston
2:00 PM EDT
    DePaul at Marquette
2:00 PM EDT
    St Josephs at Massachusetts
2:00 PM EDT
    North Carolina at Miami (FL)
2:00 PM EDT
    Detroit at Wisconsin-Green Bay
2:00 PM EDT
    Eastern Washington at Northern Arizona
3:00 PM EDT
    South Florida at Villanova
3:00 PM EDT
    Texas Tech at Baylor
4:00 PM EDT
    Auburn at Kentucky
4:00 PM EDT
    West Virginia at Texas Christian
4:00 PM EDT
    Kansas at Oklahoma
4:00 PM EDT
    Northeastern at Old Dominion
4:00 PM EDT
    Pepperdine at Portland
4:00 PM EDT
    Northwestern at Iowa
4:30 PM EDT
    Mississippi St at Florida
5:00 PM EDT
    Texas AM at Georgia
5:00 PM EDT
    Fresno State at San Diego State
6:00 PM EDT
    Idaho at Denver
6:00 PM EDT
    Iowa State at Kansas State
6:00 PM EDT
    Stanford at Arizona State
7:00 PM EDT
    Brown at Pennsylvania
7:00 PM EDT
    Michigan St at Purdue
7:00 PM EDT
    College of Charleston at Chattanooga
7:30 PM EDT
    Missouri St at Wichita State
7:30 PM EDT
    Wright State at Wisconsin Milwaukee
8:00 PM EDT
    Utah at Oregon
8:00 PM EDT
    Louisiana State at Alabama
8:00 PM EDT
    North Dakota at Montana
9:00 PM EDT
    Penn State at Nebraska
9:00 PM EDT
    Southern Utah at Weber State
9:00 PM EDT
    Portland State at Sacramento State
10:00 PM EDT
    Long Beach State at Northridge
10:00 PM EDT
    UC Davis at Cal Poly SLO
10:00 PM EDT
    Pacific at Santa Barbara
10:00 PM EDT
    Illinois State at Creighton
10:00 PM EDT
    Washington State at UCLA
10:00 PM EDT
    St. Mary's California at San Diego
11:00 PM EDT
    Cal State Fullerton at Cal Riverside
11:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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