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Zags lose to Butler 79-71 in NIT Season Tip-Off

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NEW YORK - After stunning No. 2 North Carolina on Wednesday, Gonzaga struggled from the get-go against Butler in the NIT Season Tip-Off at Madison Square Garden Friday.  The lost 79-71.

The Bulldogs from Butler took an early lead against the Zags and never looked back, shooting the lights out from 3-point range.  Butler went 12-36 from 3-point range, led by AJ Graves, who scored 26 points.

Not a single Zags scored in double figures until 5:08 in the second half when Heytvelt scored on a lay-up to cut Butlers lead to 16.  They pulled to within 7 with 1:41 to go, then to 6, but couldn't get any closer.

Derek Raivio led Gonzaga with 20.  Heytvelt finished with 16, shooting 4-8 from the field.