Wright State Upsets #13 Ranked Butler

Fairborn, Ohio – After the other local Dayton area team, the Dayton Flyers upset the Louisville Cardinals 70-65 at Freedom Hall in Louisville earlier in the afternoon, The Wright State Raiders became the other Dayton-area team to make the day perfect for the city of Dayton by upsetting the #13 ranked Butler Bulldogs 43-42 in a low scoring game at the Nutter Center in front of 6,981 fans Saturday night. 

Todd Brown and Scottie Wilson had 10 points each to lead Wright State with the upset over Butler, which lost its first game of the season and dropped to 8-1 (1-1).  Wright State improved to 3-2 (1-1). 

The key for Wright State was shutting down AJ Graves who was averaging 16.6 points a game.  Saturday night, Graves only scored 6 points on 2-11 shooting, including 0-6 from beyond the arc, and 2-2 from the foul line. 

Julie Bertko lead Butler with 14 points.  Butler shot 16-50 from the field for 32%, while Wright State shot 18-38 for about 47%. 

After John Gardner made a 3 pointer at the buzzer to end the half, Wright State went to into the half up 28-27. 

In the second half, Wright State and Butler would go on a cold spell, with both teams only scoring 15 points each in the second half.  

Butler down 32-30 with 14:28 left in the game, Butler went on a 10-1 run to take a 40-33 lead with 9:23 to go. 

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Todd Brown would assist Scottie Wilson both times while he made back to back 3 pointers to cut Butler’s lead to 1. 

The teams exchanged baskets to make it 42-41 Butler with 3:13 to go.  Will Graham made a jumper for Wright State with 2:13 to go to take the lead 43-42. 

Butler had a chance to win the game after Julie Bertko stole the ball with 20 seconds left in the game.  Butler called a full timeout and AJ Graves missed a 3 point shot with 4 seconds left as there was a scrum on the floor for the ball as time expired. 

Wright State students stormed the court, just like the last two times when Wright State beat Butler both times at home in the regular season and the Horizon League Championship game.  

I must be good luck being at the game for the Raiders when they play Butler at home because both times in the regular season they won. 

How often do your 2 local area teams beat ranked teams in the same day?

Wright State takes on Bradley at home Tuesday night and Butler’s next game is against FSU on December 15th.

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