Brogdon leads Virginia past Butler 77-69 in 2nd round


The Butler Bulldogs take on the Virginia Cavaliers in the Round of 32 basketball game on Saturday, start time at 7:10 PM ET, at PNC Arena, Raleigh, North Carolina. “You’re gonna have to go get it. You’re gonna have to beat them”. Marial Shayok provided a boost Thursday with 10 points off the bench and he has reached that mark in two of his last three games after 11 straight single-digit efforts.”Every ball screen I was going into”, he said, “there was someone in my lap the entire time”.Virginia shot 73 percent after halftime, hitting 14 of its first 16 shots of the half, and advanced to the Sweet 16 for the second time in three years. “You will have to beat them…”Now they are headed back to the Sweet 16. Download the new Sports Illustrated app (iOS or Android) and personalize your experience by following your favorite teams and SI writers.As impressive as UVA’s offense in the second half was Brogdon’s lock-down defense on Butler big man Andrew Chrabascz.Selden and Ellis combined to shoot 17 for 27 from the floor, shooing away the disappointment of second-round defeats in each of the last two years. The Bulldogs scored only one point in the final 69 seconds.”We played a very tough team (Saturday night), but we were really tough”, Brogdon said. “It means a lot that they have confidence in me”. He made his first four 3-point attempts.”It’s huge”, Brogdon said of the win.Key to this was Virginia’s defense of three Butler stars – seniors Roosevelt Jones and Kellen Dunham and sophomore Kelan Martin. That accounted for the majority of the Bulldogs’ offense early as they built a 39-34 lead with 16 minutes to go.Indeed, Butler forced Virginia to slog out a win that tested the top seed’s mettle in Raleigh. The Bulldogs didn’t have a consistent answer.Then they started attacking the basket.Ranked 21st in the nation, Virginia has an average effective field goal percentage of 54.7%.Butler cut the Virginia led to 72-69 with 36.2 seconds remaining on a Jones free throw, but could not get any closer.Shayok made one free throw with 28 seconds left and Butler was unable to score again.Chrabascz scored 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting to spark Butler to a 25-23 halftime lead. Butler, on the other hand, committed only two turnovers in the half.At 6-5, 215 pounds, Brogdon is smaller than Chrabascz, but he had been lobbying for the assignment nonetheless.”There was just open area and (my teammates) were finding me”, he said. Virginia funneled it inside time after time, and scored on its first six possessions. “Brogdon gave up some height to the 6-8” junior, but was able to successfully keep him off the three-point line and had the help of double-teams in the post.Butler is coming off a 10-point first round win over Texas Tech.NOTES: This was the first meeting between these teams…. The Bulldogs were trying to knock off a No. 1 seed for the third time since 2010…. Virginia senior G Malcolm Brogdon moved to ninth place on the school’s career scoring list with his first point Saturday. Why Donald Trump has wide appeal in Michigan
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