Butler made the opening game of the Crossroads Classic one to remember as it overcame a big halftime deficit to knock off Purdue 67-65.
Butler overcame an 11-point deficit at halftime to get within one of Purdue in the final 2 ½ minutes.
The Bulldogs took their first lead (65-64) with a Chase Stigall layup with 16 seconds to play. But the Boilermakers’ Lewis Jackson tied the game by hitting the second of two free throws with 10.3 seconds remaining.
Butler took its final timeout with six seconds to play, and Andrew Smith scored the winning basket on a putback off a missed layup by Roosevelt Jones.
The Bulldogs (5-6) ended a three-game losing streak, and the Boilermakers (9-3) had a two-game win streak end.