COLBY, Kan. - A valiant second-half effort by the Butler men came up short in a 73-64 loss at Colby on Monday night.
Butler never led in the contest and trailed by as many as 20 points early in the second half, but pulled within four with 2:30 remaining. However, the Grizzlies could come no closer and saw their five-game winning streak end.
The inability to control the basketball hurt Butler (12-6 overall, 9-6 conference), as the Grizzlies had 30 turnovers in the game.
Colby led 52-32 with just under 15 minutes in the contest before Butler attempted a comeback, with a 24-8 run. LaDarrian Burney hit a three-pointer and added a pair of free throws to get the Grizzlies within four, 60-56, with 4:37 left.
Burney added another trey at the 2:30 mark to keep the deficit at four, 63-59. Colby stretched the margin to 69-60, but the Grizzlies added consecutive field goals by Jacolby Harris and Will Adler to pull within five with 57 seconds remaining. Butler failed to make another basket as the Trojans (8-11, 4-11) closed out their fourth conference win of the season.
LaDarrian Burney had a game-high 22 points, hitting 7 of 11 from the field and 5 of 8 beyond the arc. Johnnathan Lindsey had his fifth double-double of the season with 13 points and 11 rebounds, while LaJuan Hardy added 10 points and five rebounds.
Colby was led in scoring by Caleal Walker, who had 17 points and pulled down nine rebounds.
Butler, who had made 54 percent from the field during the five-game winning streak, made just 41.4 percent (24 of 58) and hit 35 percent (6 of 17) from three-point land.
Next up for Butler will be another conference road contest on Wednesday at Barton. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m.