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Slumping 'Dogs fall to Providence

Nate Fowler scored a career-high 19 points for Butler. (Icon SMI)

Alpha Diallo scored 15 points and Kyron Cartwright had 14 for Providence on Saturday as the Friars beat No. 22 Butler 71-65.

Nate Fowler scored a career-high 19 points and Kamar Baldwin had 11 rebounds for the Bulldogs, who have lost three of their last four games. Fowler made his first seven shots to make up for poor shooting by the rest of the Bulldogs (19-6, 8-5 Big East).

Providence (15-11, 5-8) trailed for most of the game before Cartwright scored six straight points midway through the second half - a 3-pointer and three free throws - to tie it 47-all. It was 61-60 Friars when they scored the next eight points - including Diallo's free throws when Butler coach Chris Holtmann was whistled for a technical.

Both teams struggled in the first half, shooting 32 percent (Providence) and 31 percent (Butler). Providence made just one of its first 13 shots in the game; Butler missed all eight 3-point attempts in the first half.


Butler was as high as No. 11 in The Associated Press Top 25 before back-to-back home losses to Georgetown and Creighton. The Bulldogs rebounded with a win at Marquette on Tuesday.


Butler: Hosts St. John's on Wednesday.

Providence: Hosts No. 24 Xavier on Wednesday.


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