Butler edges Chris Holtmann, Ohio State in overtime
(AP) Kelan Martin hit a layup with 3.8 seconds left and Butler edged Ohio State 67-66 in overtime on Sunday for the final day of the Phil Knight Invitational tournament.
Martin finished with 24 points for Butler (5-2) in the win over former coach Chris Holtmann’s new team. Kamar Baldwin added 14.
C.J. Jackson’s free throws gave the Buckeyes a 66-65 lead with just under a minute to go in the extra period. The Bulldogs controlled the clock before Martin’s layup and Jackson’s heave missed the mark at the buzzer – sending Butler’s bench onto the court for a boisterous celebration.
Butler came back from a 16-point second half deficit to close within 59-54 on Martin’s 3-pointer with 1:31 left in regulation. Nate Fowler added a pair of free throws for the Bulldogs to get even closer. Kamar Baldwin’s 3-pointer with 16 seconds left tied it at 59.
After a timeout, Jackson’s layup didn’t fall for Ohio State and Baldwin missed a 3 on the other end to send the game into overtime.
Jackson had 19 points and seven rebounds to lead Ohio State.
Holtmann spent three seasons at Butler, taking the Bulldogs to the Sweet 16 last season before leaving for Columbus. He replaced longtime Buckeyes coach Thad Motta.
Holtmann has said the decision to leave Butler was an emotional one, and before the game on Sunday he said the meeting on the losers’ side of the Motion Bracket was “not ideal.”
Butler, now coached by alum LaVall Jordan, fell to Texas 61-48 on the tournament’s opening day on Thursday, then held off a late charge by Portland State for a 71-69 victory Friday.
Ohio State beat Stanford 79-71 on Friday after opening the three-day tournament on Thanksgiving Day with an 86-59 loss to No. 17 Gonzaga.
Dubbed the PK80, the tournament celebrated Nike co-founder Phil Knight’s 80th birthday.
Butler and Ohio State were in the tournament’s Motion Bracket, playing Sunday morning at Portland’s Memorial Coliseum. The 16-team field included No. 1 Duke and three other teams in the top 10 of the AP rankings.
The game was a defensive battle from the start.
Ohio State: Holtmann was 70-31 during his time at Butler, advancing to NCAA Tournament all three of his seasons. … Greg Oden returned to Portland as the student manager of Ohio State, his alma mater. Oden was the No. 1 pick in the 2007 NBA draft by the Portland Trail Blazers. … Ohio State is 31-11 in the all-time series against Butler.
Butler: Sophomore Sean McDermott did not play after injuring his ankle in the game against Portland State. He landed awkwardly going up for a rebound early in the second half and was questionable for Sunday’s final.
Ohio State hosts Clemson on Wednesday in the Big Ten/ACC Challenge.
Butler host Saint Louis on Saturday.