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Butler knocks off No. 8 Arizona, 69-65

LAS VEGAS (AP) With six new players donning a Butler uniform this season, coach Chris Holtmann isn't sure what to expect from his Bulldogs.

Some have labeled this season as a rebuilding year. Holtmann shrugs it off with a wait-and-see attitude.

He may not have to wait any longer, as his Bulldogs showed plenty of resolve Friday night in a 69-65 victory over No. 8 Arizona in the championship game of the Continental Las Vegas Invitational.

Kelan Martin had 16 points, while Andrew Chrabascz had 14 points and seven rebounds to lead Butler (6-0), while Avery Woodson contributed 13 points, Kamar Baldwin had 11 and Tyler Wideman had eight rebounds.

Chrabascz was named MVP of the tournament.

''It's too early to tell what this year's going to look like, but what we know is we've already had some good moments this year,'' said Holtmann, who is in his third season at Butler. ''Time will tell. We're just trying to kind of grow as a team and figure that out.

''This was really important for us, because we had some shaky moments for sure in that game. I think our guys found their composure at the right time, and we played well in stretches. But I think Arizona did too. I give them a lot credit, they're a good team and really well-coached. It's a quality win for us.''

The Wildcats, who fell behind by as many as nine points with 14 minutes to play, used a 15-2 run to regain momentum to get back in the game before Butler made a final run down the stretch.

Freshmen Lauri Markkanen and Kobi Simmons led Arizona (5-1) with 15 and 14 points, respectively.

Trailing by four points late, the Bulldogs went on a 9-2 run, highlighted by Wideman's dunk with 29.3 seconds left that gave Butler a 65-63 lead. His ensuing free throw made it 66-63.

Both Holtmann and Chrabascz said there was never any sign of panic on the Bulldogs' part, even when the Wildcats were ahead by five with 3 minutes left.

''We just said let's just find a way to do what we do and hope it works - it was as simple as that,'' Holtmann said. ''Players make plays, and they did. We told them to move the ball offensively, we did a little bit of a defensive switch late, we just really focused them on the possessions at hand.''

Chrabascz's layup with 1:38 left cut Arizona's lead to two, and moments later two free throws by Baldwin tied the game at 63-all, leading up to Wideman's go-ahead dunk.

The Bulldogs set themselves up with momentum at the close of the first half, when Sean McDermott took a pass on the run from Tyler Lewis, and banked in a soft jumper high off the glass to give Butler a 36-34 lead.

After Arizona tied the game at 38-all less than 2 minutes into the second half, the Bulldogs went on an 11-2 run to move ahead 49-40 and seize control of the tempo. The momentum shift visibly frustrated the Wildcats, who committed five turnovers inside the first 7 minutes of the second half.

BIG PICTURE

Arizona: With time to regroup after a rugged start to the season, the biggest question remains when Allonzo Trier will make his season debut. The sophomore guard did not travel to Las Vegas with the Wildcats, and he's now missed the team's first six games for unspecified reasons. His absence has left Arizona with eight healthy scholarship players. Trier averaged 14.8 points as a freshman.

Butler: The Bulldogs received 14 votes in last week's poll, but after knocking off Arizona to remain undefeated, one must wonder if they've done enough to make their first appearance in the Top 25. Three of Butler's six wins have come against Power 5 Conference teams: Northwestern (Big Ten), Vanderbilt (SEC) and Arizona (Pac 12).

POLL IMPLICATIONS: With the loss, the eighth-ranked Wildcats will likely drop out of the Top 10. Arizona has been ranked in the Top 25 for 81 consecutive weeks, the second-longest streak in the nation behind Kansas (145 weeks). Since the start of the 2012-13 season, the Wildcats have spent 60 of those weeks ranked in the Top 10.

TURNING POINT: While it was Wideman's dunk that gave Butler the lead again, the key moment came with a little more than 3 minutes to play, when Markkanen fouled out, leaving Arizona without its key presence in the paint. Going into the game, the 7-footer from Finland led the team with 18.8 points and 8.4 rebounds per game.

UP NEXT

Arizona: The Wildcats won't play again until Nov. 30, when they return to the McKale Center to host Texas Southern.

Butler: The Bulldogs have little time to rest, as they head to Salt Lake City for a Nov. 28 date with Pac 12-member Utah.

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Key Players
A. Chrabascz
L. Markkanen
34.6 Min. Per Game 34.6
18.8 Pts. Per Game 18.8
1.0 Ast. Per Game 1.0
8.4 Reb. Per Game 8.4
37.8 Field Goal % 50.8
55.6 Three Point % 38.5
82.6 Free Throw % 91.7
+ 2 Kobi Simmons made dunk 0.0
+ 1 Andrew Chrabascz made 2nd of 2 free throws 3.0
+ 1 Andrew Chrabascz made 1st of 2 free throws 3.0
  Personal foul on Keanu Pinder 3.0
  Defensive rebound by Tyler Wideman 7.0
  Kadeem Allen missed 2nd of 2 free throws 7.0
  Kadeem Allen missed 1st of 2 free throws 7.0
  Shooting foul on Tyler Wideman 7.0
  Defensive rebound by Chance Comanche 12.0
  Andrew Chrabascz missed 2nd of 2 free throws 12.0
+ 1 Andrew Chrabascz made 1st of 2 free throws 12.0
Team Stats
Points 69 65
Field Goals 23-49 (46.9%) 24-53 (45.3%)
3-Pointers 6-15 (40.0%) 3-11 (27.3%)
Free Throws 17-21 (81.0%) 14-20 (70.0%)
Total Rebounds 26 35
Offensive 4 10
Defensive 19 21
Team 3 4
Assists 9 10
Steals 4 8
Blocks 2 1
Turnovers 15 16
Fouls 20 24
Technicals 0 0
16 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
15 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo Butler 6-0 363369
home team logo 8 Arizona 5-1 343165
Team Stats
away team logo Butler 6-0 71.9 PPG 34.8 RPG 13.2 APG
home team logo 8 Arizona 5-1 70.9 PPG 38.3 RPG 12.4 APG
Key Players
00
K. Martin F PPG RPG APG FG%
00
L. Markkanen F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
K. Martin F 16 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
L. Markkanen F 15 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
46.9 FG% 45.3
40.0 3PT FG% 27.3
81.0 FT% 70.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Martin 16 3 1 7/13 1/6 1/2 3 37 0 0 6 0 3
A. Chrabascz 14 7 1 3/8 1/1 7/9 4 36 0 0 2 2 5
A. Woodson 13 2 0 4/8 4/7 1/1 1 17 0 0 0 0 2
T. Lewis 4 0 6 2/2 0/0 0/0 2 25 1 0 2 0 0
T. Wideman 3 8 1 1/3 0/0 1/1 3 27 1 1 1 2 6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Martin 16 3 1 7/13 1/6 1/2 3 37 0 0 6 0 3
A. Chrabascz 14 7 1 3/8 1/1 7/9 4 36 0 0 2 2 5
A. Woodson 13 2 0 4/8 4/7 1/1 1 17 0 0 0 0 2
T. Lewis 4 0 6 2/2 0/0 0/0 2 25 1 0 2 0 0
T. Wideman 3 8 1 1/3 0/0 1/1 3 27 1 1 1 2 6
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Baldwin 11 3 0 3/8 0/0 5/6 3 22 2 0 3 0 3
S. McDermott 6 0 0 2/4 0/1 2/2 2 17 0 1 1 0 0
K. Savage 2 0 0 1/3 0/0 0/0 1 11 0 0 0 0 0
N. Fowler 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0
J. Brunk 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0
S. Bennett - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Jorgensen - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Pettus - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Baddley - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 69 23 9 23/49 6/15 17/21 20 200 4 2 15 4 19
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Markkanen 15 5 1 4/9 2/4 5/6 5 21 0 0 2 2 3
K. Allen 11 6 0 4/7 0/1 3/7 4 36 1 0 0 1 5
R. Alkins 9 4 0 4/5 1/2 0/0 3 30 1 0 5 1 3
D. Ristic 8 3 0 3/6 0/0 2/2 1 22 0 0 2 1 2
P. Jackson-Cartwright 6 2 8 2/7 0/1 2/3 1 31 3 0 3 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
L. Markkanen 15 5 1 4/9 2/4 5/6 5 21 0 0 2 2 3
K. Allen 11 6 0 4/7 0/1 3/7 4 36 1 0 0 1 5
R. Alkins 9 4 0 4/5 1/2 0/0 3 30 1 0 5 1 3
D. Ristic 8 3 0 3/6 0/0 2/2 1 22 0 0 2 1 2
P. Jackson-Cartwright 6 2 8 2/7 0/1 2/3 1 31 3 0 3 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Simmons 14 1 0 6/13 0/3 2/2 2 28 2 0 1 0 1
C. Comanche 2 4 1 1/5 0/0 0/0 3 21 0 1 2 1 3
K. Pinder 0 6 0 0/1 0/0 0/0 5 11 1 0 1 4 2
T. Denny - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Trier - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Smith - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Cruz - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. DesJardins - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Trillo - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 65 31 10 24/53 3/11 14/20 24 200 8 1 16 10 21