Butler vs Indiana

Indiana 75, Butler 59


BLOOMINGTON, Ind. (AP) - Indiana won one round in their in-state battle Sunday night.

Will Sheehey scored a career-high 21 points and Cody Zeller added 16 Sunday night to help Indiana pull away from in-state rival Butler 75-59 in the title game of the Hoosier Invitational.

Sheehey was named the tournament's MVP as the unbeaten Hoosiers improved to 6-0 for the second straight season. It's only the third time since 2002-03 that the Hoosiers have opened a season with six straight wins.

Butler (3-3) was led by Chrishawn Hopkins with 19 points and Khyle Marshall with 16, but the rebuilding Bulldogs eventually wore down in the final 10 minutes.

The game pitted the last two Indiana schools to reach the Final Four. Indiana lost in the 2002 national championship game to Maryland. Butler lost to Duke and Connecticut in the last two title games.

Not surprisingly, it was a defensive slugfest most of the night.

Indiana finally broke open the game with an 11-2 second-half run that gave them a 51-39 lead midway through the second half, and the Bulldogs never seriously challenged again.

But neither team could get a comfortable advantage for almost 30 minutes.

Butler trailed 31-28 at halftime, then scored the first four points of the second half to retake the lead, 32-31, when Hopkins scored on a fastbreak layup. Even after Indiana went on a 7-0 run and looked like it would take control, the Bulldogs quickly cut the lead to 40-37 with 12:12 left to play.

That's when Indiana cranked up its defense.

Following a media timeout, Sheehey hit a 3-pointer and 1 of 2 free throws, Cody Zeller posted up for a layup and Jordan Hulls converted a turnover into a driving layup to give the Hoosiers a 48-39 lead with 10:07 to go.

The Hoosiers didn't stop there. Christian Watford made 1 of 2 free throws and when Zeller scored on a putback off the missed free throw, Indiana had its biggest lead of the night, 51-39. The Hoosiers extended the lead to as much 21 with 1:23 to go, but fell just short of extending the school record for 20-point wins to open a season to six.

Indiana shot 50 percent from the field in the second half after making only 32 percent in the first half, and four players finished in double figures.

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Butler Bulldogs
G. Butcher, F140-40-26000
A. Smith, C291-70-07013
C. Hopkins, G297-124-420419
R. Nored, G281-54-63236
C. Stigall, G242-61-30156
K. Marshall287-91-241216
R. Jones202-61-25245
J. Aldridge191-40-01113
E. Fromm60-21-31011
K. Woods20-00-01010
A. Barlow10-00-00000
E. Kampen00-00-00000
Totals 21-5512-223472259
Indiana Hoosiers
C. Zeller, F334-98-1080216
C. Watford, F202-102-42127
J. Hulls, G385-92-223214
V. Oladipo, G262-55-670410
V. Jones III, G190-32-24132
W. Sheehey315-88-1032221
D. Elston140-10-02130
T. Pritchard90-00-00000
M. Roth71-22-21005
D. Moore30-00-00100
K. Barnett00-00-00000
Totals 19-4729-363691875
Horizon League
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
N. Kentucky12-624-1187
Green Bay12-618-14158
Wright St.11-720-12115
Youngstown St.5-1313-21252
Clev. St.5-139-22260

Big Ten
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Michigan St.10-820-1550
Ohio St.7-1117-1590
Penn St.6-1215-18101
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N Texas 59 Final
Miss St 82
BING 59 Final
Missouri 88
R Morris 71 Final
VCU 64 Final
Alabama 72