INDIANAPOLIS (Sporting Alert) — Roosevelt Jones and Rotnei Clarke combined for 35 points to lead Butler to a stunning 88-86 overtime victory over No. 1 Indiana at the Crossroads Classic on Saturday.
Alex Barlow may have only finished with six points in the game, but his amazing jumper with 2.5 seconds left was an historic bucket for the Bulldogs as they claimed their first-ever win over a No. 1-ranked team in four attempts.
A delighted Barlow was proud of winning shot.
”The floater is a shot I work on a lot and I happened to get a lucky bounce,” he said after the game. ”It was a good feeling.”
He added: ”I just figured I would throw it up to the rim.
”If I missed it, I knew they wouldn’t get a shot off. Luckily, it bounced in.”
Clarke led the way for Butler with 19 points, 15 of which came from via three pointer, while Jones finished with 16 points, 12 rebounds and seven assists in the win.
Andrew Smith collected 12 points and nine rebounds, Khyle Marshall added 11 points and Erik Fromm clipped in with 10, for Bulldogs (8-2).
The Indiana Hoosiers (9-1) were paced by Cody Zeller and Victor Oladipo, who each had 18 points in the defeat.
Will Sheehey scored 13 points, Kevin Ferrell added 12 points and eight rebounds and Christian Watford, 10 points, were the other main contributors for the Hoosiers, who had its nine game win streak this season snapped.
”We cost ourselves at the end of the game defensively,” said Indiana coach Tom Crean said.
”They made the plays, there’s no question about that. But we made the mistakes on how we guarded them.”
Butler have now won four in a row.