Dec. 15, 2012
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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) - Walk-on Alex Barlow drove in for a spinning 6-foot jumper with 2.4 seconds left in overtime and the Butler Bulldogs topped No. 1 Indiana 88-86 Saturday in game one of the Boston Scientific Close the Gap Crossroads Classic at Bankers Life Fieldhouse in Indianapolis.
As the clock ran down, Barlow slowly moved toward the lane, then took a couple of dribbles, stopped and put up a shot that hit the back of the rim and dropped in.
The Hoosiers (9-1) called timeout to set up a play but could only muster a half-court heave from Jordan Hulls. The shot went left of the basket and missed everything, ending one of this season's best college games.
"I thought this was a great environment for us to be a part of," Indiana head coach Tom Crean said afterwards. "We needed a game that was going to be really physically tough, and our fans did a great job. But there was no question that we were going into a road environment. The Notre Dame and Purdue fans didn't disappoint in their ability to make this a road environment, and that was great for us."
The Hoosiers were led by Cody Zeller, who had 18 points, including a layup to tie the score at 86 with 19.3 seconds left in overtime. Victor Oladipo also had 18 points.
This was not the same Indiana team that won its first nine games by an average of nearly 32 points and was shooting 51.5 percent from the field. On Saturday, in their second game in two weeks, the Hoosiers shot just 42.9 percent and had 13 turnovers, including a handful of costly miscues late in regulation and overtime.
Butler held just a 40-38 advantage, but it marked the first time this season the Hoosiers have been beaten on the glass.
"For us to get back into the game, we played better defense. It's that simple," said Victor Oladipo. "They executed down the stretch, that's why they won. It's that simple."
Butler just never let the Hoosiers get away from them - even when Smith and Jones went to the bench with four fouls midway through the second half.
"We cost ourselves at the end of the game defensively," Crean said. "They made the plays, there's no question about that. But we made the mistakes on how we guarded them."
Coach Brad Stevens reinserted both players with 9 minutes to go in regulation and the Bulldogs trailing 57-50, and Butler responded. The Bulldogs used a 12-0 run to take a 66-59 lead with 4:31 to play.
Butler still led 71-64 when Jones fouled out, but the Hoosiers answered with five straight points from the free-throw line and tied the score on Yogi Ferrell's 3-pointer from the right wing with 6.1 seconds to go.
The Bulldogs had a chance to win it at the end of regulation, but Chase Stigall's 3 hit off the front of the rim and Zeller snatched the rebound to force overtime.
"There's a lot of things," said Zeller, who had five rebounds. "We got outrebounded. There's a lot of little things that we have to figure, but we'll get back to work and figure them out."
Down late, Indiana scored five straight points - all on free throws - to trim the deficit to 71-69 with 1:14 remaining.
Indiana controlled the early part of the overtime, taking an 84-80 lead on Zeller's layup with 2:12 to go. But the Bulldogs rallied with a 3 from Clarke, a steal from Barlow, another 3 from Stigall and Barlow's winner in the closing seconds.