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Sweet again: Butler beats MTSU, gets back to NCAA regionals

MILWAUKEE (AP) Kelan Martin scored 19 points, and Butler limited Middle Tennessee's athletic scorers with smothering defense in a 74-65 victory Saturday night to advance to the NCAA Tournament regional semifinals.

The Bulldogs (25-8) are going to the Sweet 16 for the first time since 2011, when they wrapped up back-to-back appearances in the national title game.

Andrew Chrabascz added 15 points for fourth-seeded Butler, including a 3 with 3:25 left that snapped a 7-0 run for Middle Tennessee to get the lead back to 62-56.

The senior forward played an even more important role in leading a sterling defensive effort for the Bulldogs.

Conference USA player of the year JaCorey Williams finished with 20 points, but had to work hard for nearly every bucket for No. 12 seed Middle Tennessee (31-5).

Giddy Potts, who averaged nearly 16 points a game this year, was held scoreless, going 0 of 8 from the field.

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Key Players
R. Upshaw
A. Chrabascz
32.8 Min. Per Game 32.8
11.0 Pts. Per Game 11.0
3.2 Ast. Per Game 3.2
4.6 Reb. Per Game 4.6
52.5 Field Goal % 45.2
31.7 Three Point % 35.4
72.4 Free Throw % 75.2
  Defensive rebound by Kelan Martin 25.0
  Giddy Potts missed layup 27.0
+ 1 Kethan Savage made 2nd of 2 free throws 34.0
+ 1 Kethan Savage made 1st of 2 free throws 34.0
  Personal foul on JaCorey Williams 34.0
  Bad pass turnover on Antwain Johnson, stolen by Butler 35.0
+ 1 Avery Woodson made 2nd of 2 free throws 44.0
  Avery Woodson missed 1st of 2 free throws 44.0
  Personal foul on Tyrik Dixon 44.0
  30-second timeout called 53.0
+ 2 Reggie Upshaw made layup, assist by Tyrik Dixon 57.0
Team Stats
Points 65 74
Field Goals 25-57 (43.9%) 24-47 (51.1%)
3-Pointers 4-19 (21.1%) 8-15 (53.3%)
Free Throws 11-14 (78.6%) 18-23 (78.3%)
Total Rebounds 28 28
Offensive 5 2
Defensive 21 25
Team 2 1
Assists 15 16
Steals 5 4
Blocks 0 2
Turnovers 12 10
Fouls 21 16
Technicals 0 0
away team logo
22
J. Williams F
20 PTS, 9 REB, 2 AST
home team logo
30
K. Martin F
19 PTS, 6 REB, 4 AST
12T
away team logo12 Middle Tenn. 31-5 313465
home team logo4 Butler 25-8363874
Team Stats
away team logo12 Middle Tenn. 31-5 74.9 PPG 37.8 RPG 15.4 APG
home team logo4 Butler 25-8 76.3 PPG 34.4 RPG 13.3 APG
Key Players
22
J. Williams F 17.3 PPG 7.3 RPG 1.6 APG 53.3 FG%
30
K. Martin F 16.0 PPG 5.8 RPG 1.2 APG 42.8 FG%
Top Scorers
22
J. Williams F 20 PTS 9 REB 2 AST
30
K. Martin F 19 PTS 6 REB 4 AST
43.9 FG% 51.1
21.1 3PT FG% 53.3
78.6 FT% 78.3
Middle Tenn.
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Williams 30 20 9 2 0 0 2 2 8/15 0/1 4/6 2 7
R. Upshaw 35 12 4 1 1 0 5 3 5/10 2/6 0/0 2 2
G. Potts 35 0 2 3 1 0 1 3 0/8 0/3 0/0 0 2
E. Simpson 19 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 1
T. Dixon 21 0 3 3 1 0 1 5 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
J. Williams 30 20 9 2 0 0 2 2 8/15 0/1 4/6 2 7
R. Upshaw 35 12 4 1 1 0 5 3 5/10 2/6 0/0 2 2
G. Potts 35 0 2 3 1 0 1 3 0/8 0/3 0/0 0 2
E. Simpson 19 0 1 0 1 0 0 1 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 1
T. Dixon 21 0 3 3 1 0 1 5 0/3 0/1 0/0 0 3
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Johnson 29 19 2 6 0 0 2 2 8/12 1/4 2/3 0 2
B. Walters 17 11 5 0 0 0 1 2 3/4 0/0 5/5 1 4
Q. Copeland 2 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1/1 1/1 0/0 0 0
X. Habersham 4 0 0 0 1 0 0 2 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0
A. Foote 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 0
K. Gamble - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Miller - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Strachan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 65 26 15 5 0 12 21 25/57 4/19 11/14 5 21
Butler
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Chrabascz 28 15 2 1 0 0 4 3 6/12 1/1 2/2 1 1
K. Baldwin 32 13 4 4 0 1 1 0 5/9 2/3 1/3 0 4
A. Woodson 35 7 5 0 0 0 0 2 2/6 2/4 1/2 0 5
K. Savage 23 5 6 2 2 1 2 0 0/4 0/0 5/6 0 6
T. Wideman 25 4 3 1 0 0 1 4 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
A. Chrabascz 28 15 2 1 0 0 4 3 6/12 1/1 2/2 1 1
K. Baldwin 32 13 4 4 0 1 1 0 5/9 2/3 1/3 0 4
A. Woodson 35 7 5 0 0 0 0 2 2/6 2/4 1/2 0 5
K. Savage 23 5 6 2 2 1 2 0 0/4 0/0 5/6 0 6
T. Wideman 25 4 3 1 0 0 1 4 2/2 0/0 0/0 1 2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB
K. Martin 28 19 6 4 1 0 0 2 6/9 3/6 4/4 0 6
T. Lewis 18 7 1 4 1 0 0 0 1/3 0/1 5/6 0 1
N. Fowler 11 4 0 0 0 0 2 5 2/2 0/0 0/0 0 0
S. Bennett - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Pettus - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. McDermott - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Baddley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Brunk - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 200 74 27 16 4 2 10 16 24/47 8/15 18/23 2 25