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College men's basketball: Bromans, Winthrop bounced from NCAA tourney

MILWAUKEE -- Anders Broman and his younger brother, Bjorn, exulted in the Winthrop men's basketball team being sent to Wisconsin to play in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

James Lang / USA Today Sports Winthrop guard Bjorn Broman of Duluth (13) dives after a ball while Butler guard Kethan Savage defends during the first half of the NCAA first-round game Thursday at Bradley Center in Milwaukee.
James Lang / USA Today Sports Winthrop guard Bjorn Broman of Duluth (13) dives after a ball while Butler guard Kethan Savage defends during the first half of the NCAA first-round game Thursday at Bradley Center in Milwaukee.

MILWAUKEE - Anders Broman and his younger brother, Bjorn, exulted in the Winthrop men's basketball team being sent to Wisconsin to play in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

Despite many of their Eagles teammates complaining about the chilly weather in the Upper Midwest, the Duluth brothers felt right at home.

Unfortunately for the Bromans and the contingent of fans from tiny Lakeview Christian Academy at Bradley Center on Thursday, Winthrop remained ice cold during their tournament opener against Butler University.

The same could not be said of Butler guard Avery Woodson, who spent much of the Bulldogs' allowed practice time Wednesday bundled up in a cold-weather parka. Woodson heated up quickly Thursday in the fourth-seeded Bulldogs' 76-64 win over No. 13 Winthrop.

The 6-foot-2 senior knocked down six 3-pointers, including five in the opening half, and finished with 18 points.

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"They know where I'm from," said Woodson, a native of Waynesboro, Miss. "I'm not used to this cold weather. But the first half, that was just the end result of great ball movement. Our playmakers did a great job of getting me open so the credit goes to them."

Butler (24-8) assisted on eight of its 10 first-half shots and 15 of 24 for the game while shooting 49 percent from the floor with eight 3-pointers on 19 attempts.

"We know whenever we move the ball from side to side, getting paint touches and things like that, that's when we're at our best," said Andrew Chrabascz, who hit 4 of 8 shots from the field and scored 12 points.

"I really liked their willingness and ability to share the ball for the most part in this game," Butler coach Chris Holtmann said. "We did some good things against a quality team."

Xavier Cooks paced Winthrop (26-7) with 23 points on 10-of-22 shooting from the field. Keon Johnson added 17 and Roderick Perkins contributed 13.

Bjorn Broman, a sophomore starting guard, was 1-for-4 and scored two points while his brother, a junior guard, did not score. The brothers are the top two scorers in Minnesota prep history, with Anders Broman scoring more than 5,000 career points.

Winthrop shot 40.3 percent for the game and went 9 of 24 from distance but made just 10 trips to the free throw line - making five - while the Bulldogs hit 20 of 30 foul shots.

"They were a big, physical team. (Chrabascz) is a great player, big guy," Johnson said. "They shot a lot of free throws. Most of the points came from the paint. So I think they got to the line like at least 30 times, somewhere around there."

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Winthrop got off to a cold start, hitting 4 of 12 3-pointers and shooting 34.5 percent overall in the first half.

"They jumped on us early and it's a hard team to come back on because of their style of play and things like that," Winthrop coach Pat Kelsey said. "So you credit them. Keon is the senior, and he's one of the best players in the history of this school, and I thought they did a very good job in their game plan in trying to contain him."

Butler, which improved to 10-1 in its last 11 first-round games, advances to face Middle Tennessee in Saturday's second round.

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