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Butler survives second half collapse for win in conference opener at St. John's

Bulldogs went nearly nine minutes without a point
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Posted at 10:59 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 22:59:18-05

NEW YORK — Butler looked like it was going to blow St. John's out of its own gym during the first half of Tuesday's game in Queens, New York. The Bulldogs led 37-16 at the half.

But a different Butler team took the court for the final 20 minutes of the game. These Bulldogs couldn't buy a basket and for a nine minute stretch, didn't sore a point. All of which allowed St. John's to take a five point lead.

Then, with 43 seconds left and Butler trailing by two, Christian David nailed a three-pointer. The Bulldogs escaped with a 60-58 win in the Big East Conference opener for both teams.

Butler, ranked number 11 in the Associated Press Poll and 10th in the coaches poll, is now 13-1. St. John's falls to 11-3

Butler's defense and rebounding kept the Bulldogs in the game. St. John's was held to 34% shooting and Butler owned a 42-23 rebounding advantage.

The Bulldogs will host Creighton on Saturday.