La Salle stuns No. 9 Butler
by David Woods, USA TODAY Sports
PHILADELPHIA — Ramon Galloway scored with three seconds left, sending La Salle to a 54-53 victory over No. 9 Butler in Atlantic 10 basketball Wednesday night.
The outcome ended a 13-game winning streak by the Bulldogs (16-3, 3-1).
Fans rushed the floor but had to be cleared after a review by officials. The outcome stood.
It was only the third basket by Galloway, who was averaging 17 points a game.
Tyreek Duren scored 16 and Chris Mills 11 for the Explorers.
Andrew Smith, who scored Butler’s final 11 points, finished with 16. Kellen Dunham scored 15 and Roosevelt Jones 14.
La Salle (13-5, 3-2) overcame a Butler lead that stretched to 10 points in the first half.
Duren stole the ball from Alex Barlow and dribbled in for a layup to give La Salle a 50-47 lead with 3:17 left.
Smith scored off Jones’ lob to return the lead to Butler, 51-50, with 51 seconds left. Sam Mills’ floater sent the Explorers ahead 52-51 with 32 seconds left.
Smith’s basket off a Jones lob put Butler ahead 53-52, setting the stage for Galloway’s game-winner.
Butler led by as many as eight points in the second half, 35-27, after Dunham’s 3-pointer. But the Explorers’ pressure continued to fluster Butler, which fell behind 43-40. Tyrone Garland’s 3-pointer extended La Salle’s lead to 46-42.
With 5:37 left, Jones went to the sideline with an apparent leg cramp after he was fouled. La Salle picked Andrew Smith to shoot, and he made the first of two free throws.
Butler shot 52 percent in the first half but led only 28-23 because of seven turnovers against La Salle pressure.
Unexpectedly, Galloway came off the bench.
Jones, who earned a couple of national Player of the Week honors after his buzzer-beater defeated Gonzaga 64-63 Saturday night, picked up where he left off. He sank three floaters in the opening five minutes, and Dunham followed with a jumper and 3-pointer for a 12-6 lead.
Galloway dunked after a Butler turnover to pull the Explorers within 18-15. Butler responded with a 7-0 spurt, capped by an improbable three-point play by Jones, who scooped the ball up from near his ankles and … [For more on La Salle Explorers stun No. 9 Butler Bulldogs, click here.]