How Butler stunned Oklahoma: Dawgs show fight behind Chuck Harris, freshmen heroics

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Butler changed defenses and maybe its season.

The Bulldogs, trailing by 13 points midway through the second half, went on a late 11-0 run to force overtime and closed OT on an 8-0 run to beat Oklahoma 66-62 in college basketball Tuesday night at Norman, Okla.

With the Bulldogs trailing 41-28 and under 13 minutes left in regulation, their win probability was 4%, according to KenPom.com analytics.

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On a team featuring so many seniors, underclassmen Chuck Harris, Simas Lukosius and DJ Hughes allowed Butler (6-3) to end a five-game road losing streak dating to last season.

Harris scored 26 points, featuring 4-of-7 on 3-pointers. His floater pushed Butler ahead 52-49 with 22 seconds left in regulation, and his 3-pointer gave Butler the lead for good 63-62 with 35 seconds left in OT.

Lukosius, a freshman, had seven points and six rebounds in 21 minutes. Hughes, also a freshman, had six points and six rebounds and was plus-11 in his 23 minutes.

Butler, an 11-point underdog, made seven consecutive shots in the second half. That, plus a switch in defense, allowed the Bulldogs to win.

Elijah Harkless’ 3-pointer with two seconds left tied the score at 54 and forced OT.

Harkless finished with 16 points for Oklahoma (7-2).

Man-to-man has always been the staple at Butler, but LaVall Jordan has shown willingness to switch to zones in an attempt to slow down opponents.

Oklahoma's Ethan Chargois (15) fights for a rebound with Butler's Bryce Golden (33) during the college men's basketball game between the Oklahoma University Sooners and the Butler Bulldogs at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla.,  Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021.
Oklahoma's Ethan Chargois (15) fights for a rebound with Butler's Bryce Golden (33) during the college men's basketball game between the Oklahoma University Sooners and the Butler Bulldogs at the Lloyd Noble Center in Norman, Okla., Tuesday, Dec. 7, 2021.

The 1-2-2 introduced by the coach confounded the Sooners, whose points suddenly came grudgingly. They endured a late 2-of-14 stretch of shooting, unable to post Tanner Groves inside or hit 3s from the arc.

Groves, coming off a 20-point game in a win over scored 10 points in the first half and zero thereafter.

Oklahoma (61%) ranks second in the nation in two-point percentage but took more than half of its attempts from the arc. The Sooners were 16-of-25 on 2s and 9-of-31 on 3s.

Contact IndyStar reporter David Woods at david.woods@indystar.com. Follow him on Twitter: @DavidWoods007.

This article originally appeared on Indianapolis Star: Why Butler basketball beat Oklahoma in Big East-Big 12 Battle

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