Jones steals win for Butler over GonzagaBy Cliff Brunt, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Sun, Jan 20, 2013 12:30 AM EST
INDIANAPOLIS -- Butler just added another magical moment to Hinkle Fieldhouse's storied history. Roosevelt Jones intercepted an inbounds pass near half court, then drove and scored a floating layup as time expired to give No. 13 Butler a stunning 64-63 win over No. 8 Gonzaga on Saturday night. All hope looked lost for Butler after Alex Barlow traveled with 3.5 seconds remaining, but Jones grabbed David Stockton's pass and scored the game winner. Students rushed the court in shock and jubilation, even as the play was being reviewed. The basket stood and the celebration commenced. Jones said he overheard Gonzaga coach Mark Few's instructions to his team, and it led to his first-ever buzzer beater. "I made a basketball play," Jones said. "I heard the coach tell (Kelly) Olynyk to get the lob. I played behind him. I stole it." Few took the blame for the mistake. "We didn't have a timeout," he said. "We went into our pressure out-of-bounds set. We threw it a little early. We wanted the ball going back to the basket, just couldn't execute it. That's totally 100 percent on me. We need to practice that a little more." Jones scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half to lead Butler (16-2), which won without leading scorer Rotnei Clarke. The senior guard was out after injuring his neck the previous Saturday against Dayton. Kellen Dunham scored 14 points for Butler, which shot 50 percent from the field to win its 13th straight game. "This is by far one of the toughest teams I've ever played for," Dunham, a freshman, said. "We're never going to quit until the buzzer." It was the second dramatic finish against a high-profile opponent for Butler this season. Barlow hit the game-winner in overtime against then-No. 1 Indiana on Dec. 15. Elias Harris and Sam Dower each scored 20 points and Olynyk added 14 for Gonzaga (17-2). Butler made 7 of 13 treys in the first half. Dower, who entered the game averaging 7.2 points, had 16 at halftime. Dunham hit a 3-pointer early in the second half, then hit two of three free throws after he was fouled on a 3-pointer to give Butler a 39-36 lead. Butler drew the third foul on Olynyk with just under 14 minutes remaining and the fourth on Mike Hart with 11:29 to play. Chase Stigall found Andrew Smith cutting to the basket for a dunk to give Butler a 48-44 advantage. Butler drew the fourth foul on Harris with 5:30 remaining, and Jones made one of two free throws to give Butler a 53-50 lead. Khyle Marshall's jumper from the free-throw line gave Butler a five-point lead. Butler drew the fourth on Olynyk with 3:43 remaining. Stockton's 3-pointer cut Butler's lead to 56-55, and a few minutes later, Harris scored in close to give Gonzaga a 59-58 lead. Jones scored on a floater, but Harris came right back with a bank shot to give Gonzaga the lead. Barlow's driving layup with 20.6 seconds left gave Butler a 62-61 lead. Olynyk was fouled with 4.6 seconds left, and he made both free throws to give Gonzaga a 63-62 lead. Barlow traveled to set up the final sequence. Butler can't relax. The Bulldogs now must play at La Salle on Wednesday, and they host Temple on Saturday. Butler coach Brad Stevens said Clarke likely won't play against La Salle. "Our next few games, we don't have time to bask in anything," Stevens said. "I was proud of our guys finding a way to win without Rotnei. That's hard to do. There's no offense to anybody on our team, but nobody on our team does exactly what Rotnei does. You have to replace him by committee. Kellen made big shots. Chase made two huge 3s. We had a bunch of people step up."
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