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Butler Defeats Florida, Returns To Final Four

The Butler Bulldogs defeated the Florida Gators, 74-71, in overtime, on Saturday, to qualify for the Final Four for the second consecutive year. The Associated Press, courtesy of espn.com, has the story, below.

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Head coach Brad Stevens of the Butler Bulldogs celebrates with his team after they defeated the Florida Gators 74 to 71 in overtime during the Southeast regional final of the 2011 NCAA men’s basketball tournament at New Orleans Arena on March 26, 2011 in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Shelvin Mack scored 27 points, including five in overtime, and Butler returned to the Final Four with a 74-71 victory over Florida on Saturday.

Matt Howard scored 14 and Khyle Marshall added 10 for the Bulldogs (27-9), who showed again they simply won’t give in, erasing an 11-point hole in the second half.

Mack’s 3-pointer with 1:21 left in overtime gave Butler the lead for good at 72-70.

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncb/recap?gameId=310850057

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