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Recap: Gonzaga 63, Butler 64
Line Movements
Date: January 19, 2013 9:00 PM EDT
  

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - All Roosevelt Jones wanted to do Saturday night was make a play.

He wound up stealing the ball and a victory.

The sophomore forward looped around Gonzaga's 7-foot center, stole an overthrown inbounds pass with 3.5 seconds left, took a peek at the clock and drove from midcourt into the lane for a buzzer-beating floater that gave No. 13 Butler a 64-63 victory over No. 8 Gonzaga.

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It was just one more play in Butler's ever-expanding guide on how to make the improbable victories possible.

``These guys make you believe,' coach Brad Stevens said. ``The way they play the game, how hard they play the game, they just make you believe.'

Why not, given what Butler (16-2, 3-0 Atlantic 10) already has achieved this season.

The Bulldogs have won 13 straight games, including the last two without their leading scorer, Rotnei Clarke. With a win over No. 9 North Carolina in November, a win over No. 1 Indiana in December and now over No. 8 Gonzaga in January, Butler has beaten three top 10 teams in one season for the first time.

The latest came on a night when the power conferences ceded center stage to the two biggest little schools in college basketball.

And, of course, it came in the same Hinkle Fieldhouse where Oscar Robertson won two state titles and led his school to the first undefeated season in Indiana high school basketball, where Bobby Plump delivered the winner in Milan's miraculous 1954 state title run that later became the plot for the movie ``Hoosiers,' and in a venue that had never before hosted a game between two top 15 college teams.

This game had all the trimmings, from Plump's return to the court to a rare game-ending rushing of the floor by Butler's students. Much to Jones' surprise, he was the reason for the postgame celebration.

``I never did it in my life,' Jones said when asked about the last time he hit a buzzer-beating shot.

The 6-foot-4 sophomore finished with 20 points, five rebounds and four assists. And after Alex Barlow, who hit the winning shot to upset the Hoosiers, was called for traveling with 3.5 seconds left, Jones made the perfect read when Gonzaga point guard David Stockton, the son of NBA Hall of Famer John Stockton, threw the inbounds pass over the head of 7-foot center Kelly Olynyk.

Jones, expecting a lob, played it like an NFL cornerback and moved behind Olynyk. That put Jones in better position to catch the ball than the Gonzaga center.

Then, with fans in the sold-out arena rising and their arms flailing, Jones raced into the lane where he threw up a mid-range shot that went through the net and set off another wild celebration.

Gonzaga (17-2, 4-0 West Coast Conference) didn't even bother to stick around for the replay review. The Zags knew it was good.

``He's just really, really tough. He's aggressive and he's confident and that's a heck of a shot,' Gonzaga coach Mark Few said after watching an eight-game winning streak end. ``I've never consistently seen anyone make so many floaters from 10 to 12 feet.'

Butler got 14 points from freshman Kellen Dunham and eight from Khyle Marshall.

The Zags were led by Elias Harris and Sam Dower, who each scored 20. Olynyk, the West Coast Conference's top scorer, finished with 14 points and seven rebounds despite spending most of the second half in foul trouble.

The numbers paled in comparison to what happened in what was being billed as the best non-power conference game of the season.

Organizers did it up right.

In the morning, Plump missed both of the shots he took from the same spot in the same gym where he made the winning shot in the 1954 Indiana high school state tourney.

Some fans rekindled memories of past eras by wearing jerseys bearing the names of former Butler players such as Matt Howard and Duane Lightfoot. Every seat was filled 10 minutes before tip-off, and the students who were standing in line more than 2 1/2 hours before the game's scheduled start time literally ran into the fieldhouse to find a precious seat behind one of the baskets.

What they really wanted to see was Clarke in his game-day attire instead of street clothes as he battles back from a severely sprained neck.

The consolation prize wasn't bad: An instant classic.

Butler trailed 33-32 at halftime but came out of the locker room and scored the first five points to take the lead. The Bulldogs didn't trail again until Harris' layup made it 59-58 with 1:26 left.

Jones answered 19 seconds later with his own layup to give the Bulldogs the lead, starting a sequence of four straight lead changes.

When Olynyk made two free throws to give the Zags a 63-62 lead and Barlow turned the ball over, it looked as though that would be the last lead change of the night.

But Jones responded by stealing the ball and the game.

``I just made a basketball play,' he said. ``I heard the coach say lob and I just made a basketball play.'

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 CLOSING LAS VEGAS LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 GONZAG  -145   -2.5   136 
 BUTLER  +125   +2.5   
LAS VEGAS LINE MOVEMENTS

 CLOSING SPORTSBOOK LINE
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 GONZAG  -145   -2.5   136 
 BUTLER  +125   +2.5   
OFFSHORE LINE MOVEMENTS

 BETTING TRENDS
 Team  ML   SPR   O/U 
 GONZAG  51%   66%   70% 
 BUTLER  49%   34%   30% 
BT MOVEMENTS

 NCAA BK RECAPS
 Saturday, Jan 19
 
    St Johns at DePaul
12:00 PM EDT
    Maryland at North Carolina
12:00 PM EDT
    James Madison at Towson
12:00 PM EDT
    Connecticut at Pittsburgh
12:00 PM EDT
    Harvard at Memphis
12:30 PM EDT
    St. Bonaventure at Temple
1:00 PM EDT
    Nebraska at Penn State
1:00 PM EDT
    Arkansas at Mississippi
1:45 PM EDT
    Vanderbilt at South Carolina
1:45 PM EDT
    Iowa State at Texas Christian
1:45 PM EDT
    Missouri St at Bradley
2:00 PM EDT
    Northeastern at Delaware
2:00 PM EDT
    Missouri at Florida
2:00 PM EDT
    Kansas at Texas
2:00 PM EDT
    Cleveland State at Wisconsin-Green Bay
2:00 PM EDT
    Texas Tech at Oklahoma State
2:00 PM EDT
    West Virginia at Purdue
2:00 PM EDT
    Wake Forest at Virginia Tech
2:00 PM EDT
    Arizona at Arizona State
2:30 PM EDT
    Columbia at Cornell
3:00 PM EDT
    Portland State at North Dakota
3:00 PM EDT
    Oklahoma at Kansas State
4:00 PM EDT
    Syracuse at Louisville
4:00 PM EDT
    Mississippi St at Tennessee
4:00 PM EDT
    Oregon at UCLA
4:00 PM EDT
    Villanova at Providence
4:00 PM EDT
    Florida State at Virginia
4:00 PM EDT
    Creighton at Wichita State
4:00 PM EDT
    Boise State at Air Force
4:00 PM EDT
    California at Stanford
4:30 PM EDT
    Ohio State at Michigan St
6:00 PM EDT
    Arkansas-Little Rock at W. Kentucky
6:00 PM EDT
    Texas AM at Alabama
6:00 PM EDT
    Utah State at Denver
6:30 PM EDT
    Yale at Brown
7:00 PM EDT
    Cal Poly SLO at Santa Barbara
7:00 PM EDT
    Marquette at Cincinnati
7:00 PM EDT
    UNLV at Colorado State
7:00 PM EDT
    Western Carolina at Chattanooga
7:00 PM EDT
    Georgia State at Old Dominion
7:00 PM EDT
    San Diego State at Wyoming
7:30 PM EDT
    Louisiana State at Georgia
8:00 PM EDT
    Evansville at Indiana State
8:00 PM EDT
    Wisconsin at Iowa
8:00 PM EDT
    Oregon State at Southern Cal
8:00 PM EDT
    Youngstown St at Wisconsin Milwaukee
8:00 PM EDT
    Wright State at Valparaiso
8:00 PM EDT
    Gonzaga at Butler
9:00 PM EDT
    Long Beach State at Cal State Fullerton
9:00 PM EDT
    Northern Arizona at Idaho State
9:00 PM EDT
    Montana State at Montana
9:00 PM EDT
    Sacramento State at Weber State
9:00 PM EDT
    Pacific at Northridge
10:00 PM EDT
    UC Irvine at Cal Riverside
10:00 PM EDT
    Utah at Washington
11:00 PM EDT
 
 
 
  
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