Butler rallies to beat top-seeded Syracuse 63-59 

Willie Veasley scored five of his 13 points during Butler's 11-0 run down the stretch, and the Bulldogs rallied to upset top-seeded Syracuse 63-59 on Thursday night in the West Regional semifinals.

The fifth-seeded Bulldogs (31-4) fought through Syracuse's zone defense and kept the Orange (30-5) from getting their fast break going most of the night.

Butler is now one win from going home to Indianapolis for the school's first Final Four.

Gordon Hayward scored 17 points for Butler and started the celebration while dribbling out the clock after the Bulldogs forced Syracuse into its 18th turnover.

Wes Johnson had 17 points and nine rebounds for Syracuse.

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