COFFEYVILLE, Kan. - The Butler men suffered its fifth loss in six games with a 76-64 loss at Coffeyville on Saturday at Nellis Hall.
Butler (11-10 overall, 3-7 conference) kept pace with the Red Ravens early in the first half, but Coffeyville dominated the second half to pull away for the victory.
Butler took an early three-point lead in the first half, which featured five lead changes and four ties. Travis House scored the game's first two points, then later added a three-pointer to put the Grizzlies up 7-4. Butler's last lead of the contest came at the 12:18 mark of the opening half on a Derrick Byrd field goal.
Coffeyville's Delano Spencer's three-point play with just over two minutes later would put the Ravens on top for good at 14-13. The Ravens would lead by as many as seven in the first half before taking a 31-27 lead at the break.
The Ravens would build a 15-point lead in the second half, taking a 59-44 advantage on a Jovan Barksdale three-pointer with 5:42 remaining. Butler pulled within single digits by cutting the lead to eight, 66-58, on a Joseph field goal with 2:16 left. However, Coffeyville closed out the contest with a 10-6 run.
Coffeyville's Darrion Strong led all scorers with 20 points, while Barksdale added 12 for the Ravens.
Butler will next be in action Wednesday against Allen County (11-9 overall, 3-7 conference). Tipoff from the Power Plant is at 7:30 p.m.