NEW YORK – Last week they had to fend off a last-second three pointer to seal a victory. Another road Atlantic 10 game a week later would end in similar fashion.
But in the end all Butler cares about it is that their result this Saturday was the same as it was on the last.
Once again the 11th-ranked Bulldogs watched a second half lead dwindle down to three points against Fordham, allowing the Rams a chance to tie the game in the final seconds only to hold on and pick up a 68-63 victory at Rose Hill Gym in New York City.
It helped Butler rebound from a home loss Wednesday against Charlotte and improve to 8-3 in the Atlantic 10 and stay within range of first place in the league. Doing so wasn’t without drama as a late eight-point lead dwindled down to three in the final ten seconds.
Luka Zivkovic had a chance to tie the game with a three-pointer with six seconds left but his shot was way off and was rebounded by Rotnei Clarke. The senior guard hit a pair of free throws to finally put the game away.Clarke led Butler with 20 points while senior center Andrew Smith scored 12 in his return to the lineup following an abdomen injury which caused him to miss the Charlotte game.