IOLA, Kan. -- Butler's Caydrick Bloomquist denied Fort Scott Community College's men their first victory of the season by sinking a 3-point shot as the final horn sounded in a 55-52 decision at the Citizens Bank Classic here Friday afternoon.
Fort Scott (0-6) took around the seven-minute mark of the first half and managed to stay out in front despite going the final 8:42 of play without making a field goal.
Trailing 49-42 with less than 3 1/2 minutes remaining, Butler (3-2) ended a 6 1/2-minute field-goal drought of its own when Brandon Hillyard connected on a 3-point shot from the right side with 3:11 to go. Just under a minute later, Adam Bezdek's only field goal of the night brought the Grizzlies within one point from nearly the same spot on the court as Hillyard's shot.
Free throws put Butler up by one with 43 seconds to go. Fort Scott's Gary Floyd was fouled on a drive and made both of his charity tosses with 28 seconds remaining to put the Greyhounds back up 51-50.
Butler's Josh Gibbs drew a foul with 17.8 seconds remaining and made both his shots to put the Grizzlies ahead by one.
Fort Scott brought the ball up to the frontcourt and called time out with 14.1 seconds to go. Julian Mills drew a foul on the next play with eight seconds left. He made the first shot to tie the score at 52-52. But he missed the second one and the Grizzlies rebounded.
Butler had no time outs left and Bloomquist had to elude three 'Hounds, crossing from the right sideline to the left wing before launching his game-winning shot.
The Grizzlies held a 12-7 lead after nine minutes of play. Alex Barner tied the score with 7:44 remaining while sparking a 6-2 run which was capped when Floyd stole a Butler inbound pass and took it in to make it 16-14 with 7:05 to go.
Butler tied it at 21-21 with 4:06 left in the half on Zac Bargen's stickback basket off a missed free throw. But Robert Mason hit on of his five 3-point shots moments later to start a 7-3 run to end the half.
Fort Scott's largest lead was 37-28 with 16:32 remaining after Mason connected on another 3-pointer. Butler got back within 2 with a 7-0 run before Mills scored a layup with 12:18 remaining.
Mason's 3-point shot with 8:42 remaining made it a 47-39 game. But the 'Hounds were only able to take 4 more shots from the floor after that as Butler's defense turned up the pressure.
Mason led Fort Scott with 19 points followed by Mills with 10. Gibbs led Butler with 13 points.
The Greyhounds shot 44 percent from the field in the first half, making 11 of 25 attempts. But they finished the contest at just 35 percent on 17 of 48. Butler shot 34 percent for the game on 17 of 50 but shot about the same percentage in each half.
Fort Scott outrebounded Butler 39-35 with Menas Stephens leading the 'Hounds with 8 boards. But the Greyhounds committed 31 turnovers to Butler's 24. The Grizzlies turned the ball over just 9 times in the second half.
The Greyhounds return to Iola this afternoon to face Northern Oklahoma-Tonkawa. The game tips off at 4 p.m.
FORT SCOTT: Mason 6-18 2-4 19, Floyd 1-6 2-2 4, King 0-0 0-0 0, Stephens 1-3 0-0 3, Mills 3-6 4-6 10, Carter 1-1 0-1 2, Barner 2-7 1-3 5, Trost 0-0 0-0 0, Walton 3-7 2-4 9. TOTALS: 17-48 11-20 52.
BUTLER: Hilyard 2-10 1-2 7, Campbell 1-1 2-3 4, Victoria 0-0 0-0 0, Bloomquist 3-8 0-2 8, Adams 1-3 1-1 3, Bargen 1-4 1-2 3, Ingram 3-4 3-8 9, Bezdek 1-5 1-3 4, Semisch 1-4 1-4 4, Lindhorst 0-5 0-2 0. TOTALS: 17-50 14-32 55.
Halftime: Fort Scott, 28-24.
Three-point field goals: Fort Scott 7-22 (Mason 5-12, Stephens 1-1, Walton 1-3, Floyd 0-3, Barner 0-3), Butler 7-25 (Bloomquist 2-3, Hilyard 2-9, Bezdek 1-1, Gibbs 1-3, Semisch 1-4, Adams 0-1, Bargen 0-2, Lindhorst 0-2).
Total fouls: Fort Scott 29, Butler 19. Fouled out: Walton, Ingram. Technical fouls: Fort Scott bench (improper substitution), Ingram.
Rebounds: Fort Scott 39 (Stephens 8), Butler 35 (Ingram 7). Assists: Fort Scott 11 (Floyd 4, Mills 4), Butler 6 (Hilyard 2, Lindhorst 2). Turnovers: Fort Scott 31, Butler 24. Steals: Fort Scott 13 (Floyd 3, Carter 3), Butler 10 (Gibbs 3). Blocked shots: Fort Scott 4 (4 with 1 each), Butler 1 (Ingram).