Feb. 18, 2009

MILWAUKEE, Wisc. (AP) - Avery Smith had 13 points and 10 rebounds, and Wisconsin-Milwaukee appeared to benefit from a clock malfunction in the closing seconds of a 63-60 victory against No. 21 Butler on Wednesday night.

With 5.9 seconds left, Butler's Gordon Hayward passed the ball to Willie Veasley behind the baseline and the clock appeared to start prematurely. Veasley passed the ball to Zach Hahn who never got a shot off before time expired.

Officials looked at a replay, but said they couldn't determine if the clock started early and ruled the game was over, giving the Bulldogs (22-4, 13-3 Horizon League) their first back-to-back losses in more than three years - a span of 111 games.

After losing Sunday to Loyola, Butler failed again in its attempt to clinch a tie for the conference title for the third consecutive year. However, the Bulldogs rallied after trailing Milwaukee (15-11, 10-6) by as many as 13 with 8:16 to go.