Juventus Utena trailed Tartu University Rock for over three quarters on Wednesday but used a late surge to clinch a 66-60 win at home in Group L Gameday 4 action.
Turning Point: It took Tartu five minutes to score a point in the fourth frame and a triple by Spencer Butterfield 7:17 from the final buzzer triggered a 9-0 run for Juventus which the same player capped with two free-throws two minutes later. By the time Tartu stopped the rot, the hosts had turned a 49-45 deficit into a 54-49 lead.
Stats Don't Lie: Juventus shot only 37% from the field and under normal circumstances that lack of accuracy would be disastrous, but the Lithuanian side struck gold out of their 13 offensive rebounds and scored 16 precious second-chance points. Tartu had only four second-chance points.
Game Hero: Butterfield made the difference in such a low-scoring game as he picked up 23 points on a solid 9-of-16 from the floor, also adding six boards for good measure.
The Bottom Line: Both sides are now tied at 2-2 although Tartu would have the advantage in a potential two-way tie at the end, as they had won the reverse fixture in Estonia by nine points.