NCAA Game Summary - Pittsburgh at Butler
(Wednesday, March 21)
Final Score: Pittsburgh 68, Butler 62 (OT)
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) - Lamar Patterson and Tray Woodall combined to score 14 points in overtime as the Pittsburgh Panthers fended off the Butler Bulldogs 68-62 in the semifinals of the College Basketball Invitational at Hinkle Fieldhouse.
Patterson finished with 13 points, 10 rebounds, and seven assists for Pittsburgh (20-16), while Woodall scored 12 points. Talib Zanna and J.J. Moore were both effective coming off the bench for the Panthers, netting 15 and 14, respectively.
For Butler (22-15), Khyle Marshall paced all scorers with 22 points and Andrew Smith wasn't far behind him with 19 points.
It was an offensive struggle in the first half, as Pittsburgh shot just 36.7 percent from the field and Butler fared even worse at 34.6 percent. The Panthers took a slim 26-24 lead into the break.
The teams spent nearly the entire second half within a possession of one another. After a pair of Marshall free-throws gave the Bulldogs a 52-49 lead with 46 seconds to play in regulation, the Panthers answered on their next possession with a Patterson three-pointer to tie the game up at 52-52. Butler had a chance to take the lead with four seconds remaining when Roosevelt Jones earned a trip to the foul line, but he went 0-of-2. A buzzer-beating three- point attempt by Patterson did not fall and the game went to overtime.
A Patterson jumper with 1:47 left in the extra session put Pittsburgh up 59-57, and it went 7-of-8 from the free-throw line in the final 38 seconds to put the game away.
Pittsburgh will face the winner of Oregon State and Washington State a best-of- three series for the CBI title.
03/21 23:08:15 ET