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Butler takes out Bucknell to move on in NCAAs

Butler center Andrew Smith (44) drives into Bucknell forward Joe Willman (15) as he goes up for a shot during the first half Thursday in Lexington, Ky. (Photo by the Associated Press)
Butler center Andrew Smith (44) drives into Bucknell forward Joe Willman (15) as he goes up for a shot during the first half Thursday in Lexington, Ky. (Photo by the Associated Press)

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Bulldogs center performs well in opening win

Thursday, March 21, 2013 02:49 pm
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Andrew Smith had a double-double including a career-high 16 rebounds, Roosevelt Jones added 14 points and Butler made its free throws down the stretch to hold off upset-minded Bucknell 68-56 in the second round of the NCAA tournament on Thursday.After trailing for most of the game, 11th-seeded Bucknell got back into it with a 19-2 second-half run. But after Joe Willman's jumper cut Butler's lead to 43-42 with 6:56 left, the Bison (28-6) went almost five minutes without scoring. Butler went 18-of-20 at the line in the last 4:43.

Willman scored a career-high 20 points for Bucknell, but the Bison couldn't overcome an off day by two-time Patriot League Player of the Year Mike Muscala. Bucknell's all-time leading scorer had nine points, only the second time this season he'd failed to reach double figures.

Butler will face the winner of Davidson vs. Marquette on Saturday.

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