(14) Butler Squeaks By George Washington

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Michael Hickey/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The Butler Bulldogs are finding life in the A-10 conference tough, but they are still winning games.

The 14th-ranked Bulldogs had a big lead against George Washington but held on late to win, 59-56 on Saturday afternoon.

Butler (20-4) is finding some hostile crowds on the road in their new conference. “Five straight places that have been absolutely jumping,” Butler coach Brad Stevens said. “You have to find a way to be tough. You have to find a way to stay together. Nothing builds team like that kind of environment. I really like it.”

Rotnei Clarke led the way for Butler with 14 points as they built a 48-31 lead with 12 minutes to go. Some poor foul shooting allowed George Washinton (11-11) back in it.

“It hurts when you’re so close,” Colonials coach Mike Lonergan said. “But it beats losing by 30.”

Isaiah Armwood had a double-double of 14 points and 11 rebounds for George Washington.

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