Last second shot rims out as Butler falls at home to Colby to open Jayhawk play

Last second shot rims out as Butler falls at home to Colby to open Jayhawk play

A late game winning three point attempt spun out as the Grizzlies comeback attempt was not enough to prevent a loss to open conference play, as two free throws iced a 74-70 Colby victory at the Power Plant on Wednesday.

The Grizzlies, who have been a very good shooting team this season, could not shake their three-point woes as they shot just 16% as a team from deep. Despite the poor shooting the Grizzlies were able to take a three point lead into halftime, but Colby retook the lead and stretched it out to as high as a 12-point lead with 11:06 remaining. The Grizzlies fought back to claw within two points, and they had two shots with less than a minute remaining to try and tie or force overtime, but could not convert either one.

It was a strong night for Isaac Ondekane, as the big man scored 13 points. He made six of his eight attempts which included a pulsating dunk that brought the Grizzly faithful to their feet. Ondekane also pulled down seven rebounds which led the Grizzlies. Rob Brown led the Grizzlies in scoring with 15. 

The Grizzlies shot 35% as a team but were able to score down low, finishing with 40 points in the paint. Butler was also able to grab 11 second chance points, finishing with 14 offensive rebounds. 

Treylon Payne led the team defensively, as he forced five steals. The Grizzlies forced 19 turnovers and converted 17 points off turnovers.

The Grizzlies tasted defeat for the first time this year, falling to 6-1 and 0-1 in conference play. The Grizzlies will look to bounce back on Saturday as they travel to Liberal to face the Seward Saints at 4:00pm in the Green House.