SAN JOSE, Calf. --Butler reached the Sweet 16 for the third time in eight years after extending the nation's longest winning streak to 22 games with a second-round win over a relentless Murray State team.
Gordon Hayward tipped the ball away from Isaiah Canaan, and time expired as the Racers couldn't get off a final shot after Matt Howard made one of two free throws with 17. 5 seconds left for No. 5-seeded Butler.
The biggest shot of the game went to Butler guard Ronald Nored, who drove the lane, drew a blocking foul and completed the 3-point play with 25.4 seconds left to give the Bulldogs a 53-50 lead.
Nored finished with a game-high 15 points and six assists while Hayward had 12 points and seven rebounds.
No. 13-seeded Murray State got 14 points from Canaan, but was ultimately doomed by 18 turnovers.
Butler, which earned its 30th win of the season, moves on to play the Syracuse-Gonzaga winner in the West Region.