November 26, 2017

Buckeyes Edged by Butler, 67-66, in Overtime


Nov. 26, 2017

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PORTLAND, Ore. (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.

Butler 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.