The win did not come easy though. Butler won the game 59-56, but were up by 17 points on the young George Washington squad, when they suddenly went cold.
The Bulldogs did not hit a field goal in the final 7 1/2 minutes of play. In addition, the Bulldogs shot barely over 60% from the foul line (13-21) which allowed the Colonials to creep back in the game making it a one possession game and too close for Head Coach Brad Steven’s comfort.
So what propelled them to the win? It surely wasn’t great offensive play or clutch free throw shooting. I
t wasn’t the Colonials experience as they start four freshmen.
Maybe it was the officials? Nope. Actually there were a few controversial calls including a out-of-bounds traveling violation that gave the Colonials yet another chance at tying the game in the final seconds of play.
So what could it have been?
It must have been the presence of the the Bulldogs’ mascots, Blue II and Blue III, that gave them the edge.
The dogs were in D.C. as part of their “Big Dawg Tour” The roadtrip was planned to celebrate Butler’s first season in the Atlantic-10. The tour introduces the mascots to A-10 fan bases and new venues and cities throughout the conference.
Earlier on the trip Blue II and Blue III met up with the Georgetown Hoyas Bulldog mascots for a meet and greet. The four dogs took pictures on the scenic Georgetown campus and met with students as well.
Everyone on the Georgetown campus loved the dogs and their presence.
That is probably because the Hoyas do not play Butler this season.
Either way, Butler had a little help from their two biggest fans on Saturday.
With George Washington having its first sellout crowd since 2006, Blue II and Blue III could have been the difference for their favorite team top keep pace atop the A-10 standings
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