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BUTLER -10.5, O/U 145.0
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Butler does it, topping Winthrop 76-64 behind Avery Woodson

MILWAUKEE (AP) Butler pushed around a team that had designs on following in its bracket-busting footsteps.

With the way Avery Woodson shot from the perimeter in the first half Thursday, the Bulldogs had little to worry about down the stretch against Winthrop.

Woodson scored 18 points and tied a career high with six 3-pointers in his tourney debut, and the fourth-seeded Bulldogs contained star guard Keon Johnson in a 76-64 win over the 13th-seeded Eagles in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

''I liked their attention to detail, for the most part. I liked their ability to share the ball, for the most part,'' Butler coach Chris Holtmann said. ''I thought we did some good things against a quality team.''

Woodson, a graduate transfer from Memphis, hit five 3s in the first half to help the fourth-seeded Bulldogs build a 14-point halftime lead. A 12-2 run in the middle of the second half gave Butler a 60-43 lead with less than eight minutes left and put the game out of reach.

Xavier Cooks had 23 points to lead the Big South champion Eagles (26-7).

''They jumped on us early and that's a hard team to come back on because of their style of play,'' Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey said.

Butler (24-8) looked comfortable all afternoon at the Bradley Center, the home of Big East rival Marquette. The last time the Bulldogs played in Milwaukee, Woodson scored 17 points in a 68-65 victory over Marquette last month.

Once a mid-major darling, Butler set the tone with an aggressive style befitting a midseason Big East game.

''They were a big, physical team,'' said Johnson, who finished with 18 points on 7 of 19 shooting.

One more win in Milwaukee and Butler could advance to its fifth Sweet 16 since 2003.

''We feel like home wherever we go,'' said Butler guard Kamar Baldwin, who defended Johnson for much of the game.

BIG PICTURE

Winthrop: The loss ends the stellar college career of Johnson, a dynamic guard who can drive fearlessly and pull up for a 3. Kelsey called Johnson the ''heart and soul'' the Eagles. He led the team to its first NCAA appearance since 2010.

''He's one of the best players in the history of this school and I thought (Butler) did a very good job in their game plan in trying to contain'' him, Kelsey said.

Butler: The hot start from 3-point range bodes well for a team that shot 36 percent from behind the arc coming into the game. The Bulldogs finished 8 of 19 from 3 (42 percent) against Winthrop thanks in large part to Woodson.

''He got hot early, kind of cooled down in the second half,'' Baldwin said. ''But we're going to need him to keep taking those shots to get through this March Madness.''

SECOND-HALF SURGE

Tyler Wideman's dunk on an alley-oop pass from Tyler Lewis made the crowd swoon and gave Butler a 62-43 lead with 7:22 left.

Defense, though, carried the Bulldogs during their second-half run after Winthrop went more than three minutes without a field goal.

Johnson, a 5-foot-7 guard, scored seven straight points during one stretch of the second half to get the Eagles within seven with 13:28 to go. Otherwise, the 6-foot Baldwin, did an admirable job sticking with Johnson, the Big South Player of the Year.

''He's so dynamic with the ball. I thought Kamar worked extremely hard to make it difficult for him,'' Holtmann said.

QUOTABLE

''Listen, my staff just told me that I look terrible. That I look like I haven't slept. The reason was that kid. He's a load to guard.'' - Holtmann, on Winthrop's Johnson.

RANGY COOKS

Cooks, a lanky 6-foot-8 swingman, had good looks on drives in the lane in the first half but had trouble getting shots to fall. He finished 10 of 22 from the field and 3 of 10 from behind the arc.

UP NEXT

Butler moves on to a second-round matchup Saturday against fifth-seeded Minnesota or 12th-seeded Middle Tennessee.

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Key Players
X. Cooks
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
48.3 Field Goal % 45.0
50.0 Three Point % 34.4
70.4 Free Throw % 74.8
+ 2 Roderick Perkins made dunk 1.0
  Defensive rebound by Roderick Perkins 4.0
  Tyler Lewis missed 3-pt. jump shot 6.0
  Defensive rebound by Sean McDermott 35.0
  Roderick Perkins missed 2nd of 2 free throws 35.0
+ 1 Roderick Perkins made 1st of 2 free throws 35.0
  Shooting foul on Henry Baddley 35.0
  Defensive rebound by Roderick Perkins 41.0
  Tyler Lewis missed 2nd of 2 free throws 41.0
+ 1 Tyler Lewis made 1st of 2 free throws 41.0
  Personal foul on Adam Pickett 41.0
Team Stats
Points 64 76
Field Goals 25-62 (40.3%) 24-49 (49.0%)
3-Pointers 9-25 (36.0%) 8-19 (42.1%)
Free Throws 5-10 (50.0%) 20-30 (66.7%)
Total Rebounds 27 42
Offensive 2 5
Defensive 22 34
Team 3 3
Assists 12 15
Steals 6 4
Blocks 1 6
Turnovers 8 12
Fouls 22 15
Technicals 0 0
23 PTS, 6 REB, 2 AST
18 PTS, 5 REB, 1 AST
12T
away team logo 13 Winthrop 26-7 273764
home team logo 4 Butler 24-8 413576
Team Stats
away team logo 13 Winthrop 26-7 83.3 PPG 44.2 RPG 15.3 APG
home team logo 4 Butler 24-8 71.9 PPG 34.8 RPG 13.2 APG
Key Players
00
X. Cooks G/F PPG RPG APG FG%
00
A. Woodson G PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
X. Cooks G/F 23 PTS 6 REB 2 AST
A. Woodson G 18 PTS 5 REB 1 AST
40.3 FG% 49.0
36.0 3PT FG% 42.1
50.0 FT% 66.7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
X. Cooks 23 6 2 10/22 3/6 0/1 2 36 1 0 1 1 5
K. Johnson 17 5 3 7/19 3/10 0/0 3 39 1 0 2 1 4
R. Perkins 13 5 0 4/6 2/4 3/4 2 28 1 0 0 0 5
B. Broman 2 1 3 1/4 0/2 0/0 1 19 0 0 1 0 1
D. Okeke 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 10 0 0 0 0 2
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
X. Cooks 23 6 2 10/22 3/6 0/1 2 36 1 0 1 1 5
K. Johnson 17 5 3 7/19 3/10 0/0 3 39 1 0 2 1 4
R. Perkins 13 5 0 4/6 2/4 3/4 2 28 1 0 0 0 5
B. Broman 2 1 3 1/4 0/2 0/0 1 19 0 0 1 0 1
D. Okeke 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 3 10 0 0 0 0 2
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Pickett 5 1 0 2/3 1/1 0/0 3 5 1 0 0 0 1
T. Prescott 3 1 0 1/4 0/0 1/3 2 28 1 1 3 0 1
J. Davenport 1 3 2 0/1 0/0 1/2 2 14 1 0 1 0 3
A. Broman 0 0 2 0/3 0/2 0/0 3 16 0 0 0 0 0
H. Sadlon 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
M. Hill 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
K. Blake 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
J. Ferguson 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
F. Poole - - - - - - - - - - - - -
P. Fisher - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Scerbinskis - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 64 24 12 25/62 9/25 5/10 22 200 6 1 8 2 22
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Woodson 18 5 1 6/10 6/10 0/0 3 25 0 0 0 0 5
A. Chrabascz 12 4 3 4/8 0/0 4/7 1 32 0 0 3 2 2
K. Baldwin 7 6 2 3/7 1/3 0/0 1 34 2 1 1 1 5
K. Savage 6 6 1 2/3 0/0 2/2 2 28 0 0 4 0 6
T. Wideman 5 7 0 2/4 0/0 1/3 3 27 0 2 2 0 7
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
A. Woodson 18 5 1 6/10 6/10 0/0 3 25 0 0 0 0 5
A. Chrabascz 12 4 3 4/8 0/0 4/7 1 32 0 0 3 2 2
K. Baldwin 7 6 2 3/7 1/3 0/0 1 34 2 1 1 1 5
K. Savage 6 6 1 2/3 0/0 2/2 2 28 0 0 4 0 6
T. Wideman 5 7 0 2/4 0/0 1/3 3 27 0 2 2 0 7
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
K. Martin 10 8 0 3/8 1/4 3/4 2 17 0 1 1 2 6
T. Lewis 9 0 8 3/5 0/1 3/6 1 23 1 0 1 0 0
N. Fowler 9 2 0 1/4 0/1 7/8 1 12 1 2 0 0 2
S. McDermott 0 1 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
H. Baddley 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0
S. Bennett - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Pettus - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Brunk - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 76 39 15 24/49 8/19 20/30 15 200 4 6 12 5 34