January 10, 2007

Butler Drops 73-67 OT Decision To UIC

Jan. 10, 2007

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CHICAGO (AP) - Josh Mayo scored 19 points and hit a big 3-pointer in overtime to lead the University of Illinois-Chicago Flames to a wild 73-67 victory over No. 12 Butler on Wednesday night at the UIC Pavilion.

Butler's A.J. Graves scored a season-high 31 points, 26 in the second half, but it wasn't enough to hold off the Flames, who led for nearly the entire game.

UIC guard T.J. Gray scored 13 points and hit four straight free throws to ice the victory for the Flames (8-9, 3-1), who beat a ranked team for just the second time in school history.

Butler came back to force overtime behind Graves' shooting display in the second half. Graves hit 6 3-pointers in the second half after going 0-for-7 in the first. The guard hit a deep 3 to cut the deficit to 58-56 with 20 seconds to go, then drew a foul and hit both free throws with 16.3 seconds left to tie it. He missed a desperation shot at the buzzer.

The Bulldogs (14-2, 3-1 Horizon League) led twice early in overtime but UIC forward Jovan Stefanov hit a 3 to make it 66-64. Graves matched it and Butler retook the lead. But Mayo responded with a 3-pointer for the Flames and Gray finished Butler off from the line.