CONCORDIA, Kan. - The Butler men never trailed in the second half at Cloud County on Sunday, but overtime was unkind to the Grizzlies in a 93-82 loss to the Thunderbirds.
Butler led for 36 of the first 40 minutes, but missed the front end of two one-and-one opportunities at the free throw line late in the game.
That opened the door for Cloud and the Thunderbirds got fouled on a 3-point attempt with 8.9 seconds to go. Cloud made all three free throws, eventually pushing the game into overtime.
Cloud controlled the extra five minutes, out scoring Butler 16-5 to take the win.
Butler had led by as many as 13 points in the first half before Cloud stormed back to tie the game 34-34 at the break. Butler then led by 10 points with 10 minutes to go in the game.
Butler still led 77-74 before the late foul that allowed Cloud to tie the game.
Butler falls to 7-5 overall and 4-5 in Jayhawk Conference play with two straight losses. The Grizzlies will return to action on Wednesday, Jan. 4 with a home game against Pratt.