Champagnie leads St. John’s past Butler

Feb 4, 2022, 9:40 PM | Updated: Feb 5, 2022, 11:42 am

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Julian Champagnie scored 21 points, including four free throws in the final 19 seconds, and St. John’s defeated Butler 75-72 on Saturday.

There were 11 ties and 13 lead changes in the game.

St. John’s broke the game’s final tie on a Dylan Addae-Wusu free throw with 2:15 remaining for a 69-68 lead. From there, two free throws by Tareq Coburn and four by Champagnie were enough to hold off the Bulldogs. A last-second 3-pointer by Butler failed to draw iron.

Champagnie shot 9 for 10 from the foul line. He added eight rebounds. Aaron Wheeler had 13 points for St. John’s (13-9, 5-6 Big East Conference). Posh Alexander added 12 points as did Joel Soriano.

Bo Hodges scored a season-high 22 points and had seven rebounds for the Bulldogs (11-12, 4-8). Bryce Nze added 14 points. Aaron Thompson had seven assists.

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