Butler Back In Final Four

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Shelvin Mack scored 27 points, including five in overtime, and Butler returned to the Final Four with a 74-71 victory over Florida on Saturday.

Matt Howard scored 14 and Khyle Marshall added 10 for the Bulldogs (27-9), who showed again they simply won’t give in, erasing an 11-point hole in the second half.

Mack’s 3-pointer with 1:21 left in overtime gave Butler the lead for good at 72-70.

Kenny Boynton missed a long 3 that could have given Florida (29-8) the lead with a little under 20 seconds left. Alex Tyus appeared to have the offensive rebound, but Howard tied him up and the possession arrow favored Butler.

Florida had to foul Mack with 10.6 seconds to go, and he hit both shots for the final margin.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

  • deron

    Florida shoud have put Butler away when they had the chance. Butler showed their resolve in this game and should not be underestimated. I’m glad to see experience still counts in the tourney. In all likelihood they’ll be playing Kansas and I will be rooting for them. They are only the fifth team in the last 20 years to get to the Final Four while being unranked in the Final AP Poll.


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