Woodson shoots Butler past Winthrop

MILWAUKEE -- Avery Woodson knocked down six 3-pointers and finished with 18 points to lead No. 4 seed Butler to a 76-64 victory over No. 13 Winthrop in an NCAA Tournament South Regional first-round contest at the Bradley Center.

Woodson's shooting touch helped Butler make eight on the day. The Bulldogs shot 49.0 percent overall while going 20-for-30 from the free throw line, while Winthrop made just five free throws on 10 attempts.

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Andrew Chrabascz added 12 and Sean McDermott chipped in 10 for the Bulldogs (24-8).

Xavier Crooks and Keon Johnson sank three 3-pointers a piece and finished with 23 and 17 points, respectively, for Winthrop (26-7). Roderick Perkins added points for the Eagles, who shot 40.3 percent from the field and made 9 of 25 3-point attempts.

Winthrop got off to a cold start, hitting four of 12 3-pointers and shooting 34.5 percent overall in the first half.

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The long ball fell early for Butler, which hit seven of 13 3-pointers in the first half. Woodson hit five and had 15 points in the half as the Bulldogs shot off a 16-2 run shot 52.2 percent from the floor to take a 41-27 lead into halftime.

Winthrop's Johnson heated up early in the second half, scoring seven straight points to make it a 48-41 game with 13:19 to play but Butler responded with a 14-2 run to push the lead back to 17 with 7:17 remaining.

Butler advances to face either Minnesota or Middle Tennessee on Saturday afternoon in Milwaukee.

NOTES: Butler came into the Tournament as a No. 4 seed, the highest seed in program history. ... The Bulldogs are 10-1 in their last 11 first round contests. They haven't lost in the first round since 2009. ... Winthrop is 1-10 all time in NCAA Tournament play. The Eagles only victory came in 2007, when as an 11-seed, they upset No. 6 seed Notre Dame, 74-64, in the first round before falling to Oregon in the round of 32.