Youngstown State shot 58.3% from beyond the arc, but still lost 84-79 to Butler on Sunday. The Penguins made a school record 14 3-pointers with Blake Allen, Ashen Ward and Devonte Maymon each hitting at least three.
Butler went to a small lineup to combat Youngstown State's perimeter game, benching 6-11 Andrew Smith, after falling behind 61-53.
Coach Brad Stevens said the Bulldogs rarely practice with such a lineup.
Not in 190 games had Butler won when allowing as many as 79 points over 40 minutes. That was nearly six years ago.
"They're a really good defensive team," Youngstown coach Jerry Slocum said, "and I think when the ball keeps on moving, you eventually kind of get them to over-help at times."
"I know this sounds crazy: We needed to win a game like that," Stevens said, "when everything seems to be going against you, and you just kind of find a way, grit your teeth."