Northwestern falls to Butler in last-second heartbreaker
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Kamar Baldwin’s pull-up jumper with 0.4 seconds left lifted Butler to a 70-68 victory over Northwestern on Wednesday night.
The freshman set up his game-winning basket on the defensive end the previous possession, stealing the ball from Bryant McIntosh with 30 seconds left.
Baldwin finished with 11 points and made a big impression in the first half, scoring seven. He also had three steals, three assists and a blocked shot.
Kelan Martin led the Bulldogs (2-0) with 22 points, 15 in the second half. Andrew Chrabascz added 13 points and led the Bulldogs with seven rebounds.
Vic Law topped four players in double figures for Northwestern with 17 points, making 5 of 6 3-point attempts. McIntosh had 12 points, and Scottie Lindsey and Sanjay Lumpkin each scored 10.
Northwestern shot 48 percent from the field compared to Butler’s 38. But the Wildcats made only one more field goal and turned the ball over 16 times to Butler’s eight.
Northwestern: Finally playing a major college program after wins over Mississippi Valley State and Eastern Washington, the Wildcats looked poised to win, but blew a 6-point lead with 5:51 left.
Butler: After a comfortable win over Northern Colorado in the opener, the Bulldogs saw a five-point, second-half lead go to waste thanks to a 10-0 Wildcat run. Butler showed mettle, trailing 68-67 with 1:03 left before Chrabascz’s free throw with 53 seconds remaining tied it at 68.
Butler: Hosts Bucknell on Saturday. The Bison lost to Wake Forest 94-74 on Saturday.
Northwestern: Plays No. 23 Texas on Monday in Brooklyn, New York, in the Legends Classic. The Longhorns won their first two games heading into Thursday’s game against Eastern Washington.
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