The Stanly News and Press (Albemarle, NC)

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March 22, 2013

Butler appears to have a little March magic left in it.

(Continued)

Friday, March 22, 2013 — Roosevelt Jones finished with 14 points, five rebounds and four assists, while Alex Barlow  contributed 10 points and five boards to the Bulldogs' cause.

"He was really good," Stevens said of Jones. "Rosy is an interesting offensive player because he doesn't shoot jump shots — ever — and he's great at floaters. He's obviously

able to score in the post."

Bucknell's Joe Willman, who had a game-high 20 points on 10 of 16 from the field, hit a deep 2-pointer with 10:08 left that gave the Bisons a 37-31 lead.

After that, it was all Butler.

Freshman Kellen Dunham sparked the crucial run with a pair of free throws before Smith hit a 3 out of the corner off of an inbounds play. Clarke then hit his first 3-pointer

of the contest to recapture the lead for the Bulldogs with 8:40 remaining.

"Smith hit a big 3 and that kind of settled us down," Stevens said.

Following a Ryan Frazier 3-point play that temporarily switched the advantage back to the Bison, a Smith hook shot gave Butler the lead for good at 41-40 with 7:46 left.

A Jones drive with 5:47 left gave the Bulldogs a 45-42 lead and kick-started a 10-0 run. If that run didn't put Bucknell away, Clarke's 3 one minute later certainly did.

"We've got to give a lot of credit to Butler," Bucknell coach Dave Paulsen said. "We made our run in the second half and they came up with the big plays down the stretch. They don't get rattled. We made a great run, but they're going to come back."

Muscala had a hard time getting his game going in the first half. He scored the first bucket of  the contest before missing his next nine shots.

"We were really good today [on defense]," Jones said. "Today we didn't shoot well, but luckily our defense bailed us out."

Greg Mengelt is a reporter for the News and Tribune in Jeffersonville, Ind.

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