Butler center Andrew Smith, dunking as three Gonzaga players look on, tallied seven points and seven rebounds in Butler's 64-63 win. / Brian Spurlock, USA TODAY Sports
INDIANAPOLIS - Butler and Hinkle Fieldhouse had the ingredients for another miracle, if not another movie.
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Roosevelt Jones stole an inbounds pass, dribbled to the foul line and sank a 14-foot floater at the buzzer to lift No. 13 Butler over No. 8 Gonzaga 64-63 Saturday night before a sellout crowd of 10,228.
"A little bit of Hinkle magic," Butler coach Brad Stevens said.
That's as accurate an explanation as any.
Walk-on Alex Barlow nearly reprised his hero's role from Butler's upset of No. 1 Indiana, banking in a go-ahead basket with 24 seconds left.
But Kelly Olynyk sank two free throws with 4.6 on the clock, sending Gonzaga ahead 63-62. Barlow caught the inbounds pass but traveled, returning the ball to the Zags.
Jones stole it back and scored to cap a 20-point night and an historic day that started with ESPN GameDay at the 85-year-old basketball cathedral.
Butler freshman Kellen Dunham added 14 points, featuring four 3-pointers.
Jones said he heard Gonzaga coach Mark Few ask for a lob to the 7-foot Olynyk on the inbounds play. Jones intercepted the pass by David Stockton and went in for the buzzer-beater.
Stevens said it was the loudest he had heard the crowd since Avery Sheets' 3-pointer beat Milwaukee to win the Horizon League championship in 2003. Coincidentally, Butler honored members of that team, which reached the NCAA Sweet Sixteen.
Jones scored 11 of Butler's final 16 points. He said the game-winner was the first of his life. Moments earlier, he was on the sideline for treatment on a sore back.
"I looked up at the clock, and I think it was four seconds," he said. "I knew I could get down. Then I spinned, and then I seen Olynyk come up to me, and I floated over him."
Butler won in the absence of 3-point specialist Rotnei Clarke, who had another buzzer-beater in a Nov. 19 win over Marquette at Maui.
It was an unprecedented third time Butler has beaten a Top 10 team in the same season. Butler defeated No. 9 North Carolina 82-71 on Nov. 20 in Maui and Indiana 88-86 in overtime Dec. 15 at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.
Butler (16-2) extended its winning streak to 13. The Bulldogs overcame 52 percent shooting on free throws (12-of-23).
Gonzaga (17-2) had an eight-game winning streak end. Elias Harris and Sam Dower scored 20 points each for the Zags, who were outrebounded 28-26 and limited to 4-of-14 on 3-pointetrs.
Butler has won six games in which it was a betting underdog: Marquette, North Carolina, Northwestern, Indiana, St. Joseph's, Gonzaga.
"It felt like a high-level tournament game," Few said. "There was a high level of urgency by both teams. It was fairly palpable."
Gonzaga, which had not led since the opening seconds of the second half, went ahead 59-58 on Harris' drive with 1:25 left. Jones returned the lead to Butler, 60-59, on a floater at the 1:06 mark.
Harris' basket made it 61-60 with 42 seconds left, setting the stage for the frantic finish.
Despite Clarke's absence, the Bulldogs hung around in the first half on the strength of 7-of-13 shooting from the arc. Chase Stigall sank two 3s, as he did in wins over North Carolina and Indiana. His 28-footer with the shot clock expiring sent Butler ahead 32-30 with 1:05 left in the half.
Clarke continues to make progress, although his return date is indefinite. No one connected to Butler will say so, but it would be reasonable to project he might play next Saturday against Temple or Jan. 31 at St. Louis. Stevens said he did not expect Clarke to play Wednesday at La Salle.
Clarke's activity is being monitored, and he resumed shooting Friday. During Butler's afternoon shootaround, he attempted (and mostly made) 3-pointers and jogged around the perimeter of the court.
David Woods also writes for The Indianapolis Star
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