Butler Rallies to Edge UW in Men's Basketball

Nov. 18, 2001

FAIRBANKS, Ak. - David Archey hit a 3-pointer with 1:02 remaining to cap a furious second-half Butler rally as the Bulldogs defeated Washington 67-64 Sunday in the championship game of the Top of the World Classic at the Carlson Center.

The loss was the Huskies' first, dropping them to 2-1. Butler (3-0) had all but one player returning from last season's team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the fourth time in five years.

David Dixon hit a pair of free throws with 14:47 left to play, giving the Huskies a 55-38 lead. Butler outscored UW 29-9 the rest of the way, capitalizing on nine turnovers. For the game, the Bulldogs converted 22 UW turnovers into 26 points.

Brandon Miller tied the game 62-62 on a 3-pointer with 1:37 remaining. Dixon rebounded a missed shot and put it back to give the Huskies their final lead of 64-62 at 1:10. Archey answered with a 3-pointer at 1:01 that put Butler ahead 65-64 with its first lead since the second minute of the game.

The Bulldogs gained possession after a missed shot and Rylan Hainje converted two free throws at 0:15 to push the margin to 67-64. Doug Wrenn missed a potential game-tying 3-pointer with five seconds left and Will Conroy fired an errant 35-foot heave at the buzzer.

'We came out with a purpose and got off to a great start,' UW Coach Bob Bender explained. 'Butler continued to execute and play the way they have in getting to the tournament the last two years. Our offense became very stagnant and, as a team with a lot of new players, we were tentative.'

Dixon finished with 15 points and had 13 rebounds for the Huskies who out-boarded the Bulldogs 37-23.

Curtis Allen scored 10 of his 12 points and Doug Wrenn totaled all 10 of his points in the first half for Washington which led by as many as 18 points before halftime. The Huskies outscored Butler 21-3 during an eight-minute stretch midway through the first half to go ahead 25-8.

The lead was 42-28 at halftime for Washington which shot 70 percent from the field (14-20). That shooting cooled to 33 percent in the second half (7-21) and finished at 51 percent for the game (21-41).

'This is a game we will be able to learn a lot from,' said Bender. 'We would have rather learned this lesson with a win, but what we did up here is get better from each game.'

Thomas Jackson scored 19 points to pace the Bulldogs who also got 16 from Hainje and 12 from Miller.

Wrenn was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. He led UW to an 81-74 semifinal victory over Bowling Green with 19 points and nine rebounds.

Washington had three other players voted to the all-tournament team, Allen, Dixon and Erroll Knight.

The Huskies play their regular-season home opener on Saturday, Nov. 24 against Santa Clara. Tip-off is 1 p.m. at Bank of America Arena.

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