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March 15, 2007
BUFFALO, N.Y. - When Butler needed a spark, Pete Campbell delivered.
Campbell hit three 3-pointers, his only baskets of the game, to spark a 17-0 run in the Bulldogs' 57-46 victory over Old Dominion in a first-round matchup Thursday between two of the six mid-majors in this year's NCAA tournament.
Butler (28-6), the fifth seed in the Midwest and tournament-tested with six appearances in 11 years, set a school record for victories in a season.
The Bulldogs will meet fourth-seeded Maryland in the second round on Saturday. The Terps (25-8) beat 13th-seeded Davidson 82-70 earlier Thursday.
The Bulldogs have become one of the nation's model mid-major programs. They had equaled the team record set four years ago, when they pulled off two big upsets as a 12th seed to make it to the round of 16. And they were determined not to become a victim of a 12th seed.
Old Dominion (24-9) had won 12 of 13 games and even posted an early season victory over eventual Big East champion Georgetown, a second seed in the NCAA tournament.
It was anybody's game until the Bulldogs finally found their range. Trailing 32-29 after Valdas Vasylius hit a 3-pointer with 12:22 remaining, Butler tied it with A.J. Graves' 3 from the right wing, and then Campbell found his range.
On this day, they struggled. Dahi had 10 points, but Vasylius, the team's leading scorer at nearly 16 points per game, missed all four of his shots in the first half and finished with 10 points. Williamson, who didn't score until he converted his own steal with a fast-break layup with 16:20 left in the game, finished with two points before fouling out in the final minute.