PRATT, Kan. - The Butler men survived a late Pratt rally, holding off the Beavers by an 82-73 score.
With the win, the fifth-ranked Grizzlies are now 25-2 overall and 11-2 in the Jayhawk West Conference, staying a game ahead of second-place Barton (10-3).
Butler fell behind 4-2 early on at Pratt but went on a 10-0 run and would never trail again. The Grizzlies pushed the lead to 10 points twice in the first half and led 32-25 at the half in a defensive struggle.
In the second half, both teams shot better than 60 percent from the floor, with Butler starting to slowly pull away. When Kyle Steward scores and made a free throw for a traditional three-point play, Butler led 61-46 with 8:08 to go.
That was when Pratt began its near comeback. The Beavers got as close as 76-73 with 1:15 to play. Butler would get two free throws from Kyle Steward and after a steal by Robert Joiner, he made two free throws to put Butler up 80-73, sealing the win.
Butler returns home for a game against Cloud County on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m.