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Butler led by six at halftime, but saw its advantage slip away as during a slow start to the second half. The Bulldogs didn’t score until Howard’s layup almost 4 minutes out of the break.

Hahn, who has had a relatively quiet tournament, stepped up for Butler by scoring its next eight points _ and Mack took over from there. He made two straight 3s for the Bulldogs before driving into the lane for a layup. He finished his run with a jumper with 9 minutes left.

“That’s why we’re here,” Hahn said of the balanced offense, with everyone contributing key baskets down the stretch. “There’s no other explanation. It’s not one guy making plays. It’s literally a collective effort, it’s all 14 guys.”

Howard had to sit out for a few minutes late in the game after picking up his fourth foul about the same time Mack was finishing his run. Once he got back on the floor, Howard hit a layup and four free throws in the final minute to secure the win.

Freshman Khyle Marshall said that Howard, Mack and the other veterans made it easy for the younger guys to deal with the pressure of the Final Four.

“We have 10 guys who were here last year and they know how to handle it and what they want to do,” Marshall said. “Just mimicking what they do is pretty easy.”