71
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68
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ML: -123
BUTLER -1.5, O/U 141.5
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Buzzer-beating 3 sends No. 25 Indiana past Butler 71-68

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) Indiana guard Devonte Green kept trying to make the designed play work as the final seconds ticked away Saturday.

His first option, Romeo Langford, couldn't break free. Green couldn't spot his second option, Juwan Morgan, through all the bodies.

So freshman guard Rob Phinisee scrambled to the center of the court, gave Green an unlikely third option and did the only thing he could - caught the ball and launched a 25-foot, buzzer-beating 3-pointer that gave the Hoosiers a 71-68 victory over rival Butler in the Crossroads Classic.

''Obviously, it wasn't drawn up like that. I just slid over, threw it up and prayed to God that it would go in,'' Phinisee said.

He wasn't alone.

Coach Archie Miller, who called timeout with 18.7 seconds left to draw it up, watched anxiously as the Bulldogs' vaunted defense nearly kept Indiana from even getting a shot off.

Langford, Indiana's reigning Mr. Basketball Award winner, couldn't get away from Sean McDermott long enough to make a move toward the basket. Green couldn't find Morgan, who scored a career-high 35 points, and was essentially trapped after picking up his dribble beyond the top of the key - until Phinisee improvised.

''They did a good job of not letting Romeo get a catch. They tried to keep it from getting it in his hands and they did,'' Miller said. ''I'd be lying if I said when he (Phinisee) shot it, I didn't think it had a chance of going in.''

Replays showed the ball was out of Phinisee's hands with 0.3 seconds on the clock - just enough time to give the Hoosiers (9-2) their fourth straight win and another memorable chapter in school lore.

Fans in this basketball-crazed state were already debating where it ranked among Indiana's top buzzer-beaters.

Indiana players took their celebration from near midcourt to the tunnel on the other end of the floor from the Hoosiers' bench as Indiana Pacers star and former Hoosiers standout Victor Oladipo flashed a 3-point signal from his seat.

Meanwhile, Butler (7-3) was cringing.

The Bulldogs never trailed until Morgan made two free throws to break a 64-64 tie with 3:05 left. Kamar Baldwin tied it once with a layup and a second time when he knocked down a 5-foot runner with 23.6 seconds left. And after going just 3 of 11 from the field with three turnovers in the final 10 minutes, it looked like the defense had played well enough to get them into overtime.

Instead, on a day McDermott scored 20 points with a career-high six 3s and Baldwin added 16, Phinisee made sure Butler fell short.

''He just knocked in a tough one,'' Baldwin said.

BIG PICTURE

Butler: The Bulldogs picked the wrong time for a scoring drought and it cost them. They finished with seven points in the last 9:31.

Indiana: The Hoosiers have been playing gritty all season, and it saved them again Saturday when they took some of Butler's best punches and still came out on top. They've won their last four games by two, two, one and now three.

STAT PACK

Butler: Jordan Tucker, a transfer from Duke, got his first action this season and scored three points in a little less than eight minutes. ... Joey Brunk finished with eight points and five rebounds. ... The Bulldogs have allowed only two teams to top the 70-point mark this season - Mississippi and Indiana. ... Butler is 5-3 in the Classic and 11-5 all-time in Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

Indiana: Morgan was 12 of 14 from the field, 4 of 6 on 3s and 7 of 7 from the free-throw line with three rebounds, two steals and two blocks. ... Langford had 13 points, even rebounds and four assists and drew seven fouls. ... The Hoosiers went 9 of 21 on 3s but were 7 of 13 in the second half.

THEY SAID IT

Butler: ''I've been telling our staff that on film, Phinisee has been as impressive as any guard I've seen,'' coach LaVall Jordan said. ''I thought we did a good job containing, didn't let Langford get the ball. He (Phinisee) heaved one in.''

Indiana: ''I think we'd like to get a couple, you know, wins where it's not in the last 10 seconds where we win,'' Morgan said. ''At the same time, it's the ones that you grind out that are the best feeling.''

UP NEXT

Butler: Hosts Presbyterian on Tuesday.

Indiana: Returns home to face Central Arkansas on Wednesday.

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Key Players
R. Langford
0 G
K. Baldwin
3 G
33.4 Min. Per Game 33.4
16.6 Pts. Per Game 16.6
4.6 Ast. Per Game 4.6
6.1 Reb. Per Game 6.1
49.3 Field Goal % 41.2
22.0 Three Point % 26.7
67.6 Free Throw % 86.1
+ 3 Rob Phinisee made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Devonte Green 0.0
+ 2 Kamar Baldwin made jump shot 23.0
+ 2 Justin Smith made dunk, assist by Rob Phinisee 39.0
  Defensive rebound by Indiana 1:02
  Kamar Baldwin missed fade-away jump shot 1:04
  Defensive rebound by Butler 1:29
  Romeo Langford missed 3-pt. jump shot 1:31
+ 2 Kamar Baldwin made driving layup 1:51
  Defensive rebound by Butler 2:09
  Zach McRoberts missed 3-pt. jump shot 2:12
  Defensive rebound by Rob Phinisee 2:39
Team Stats
Points 71 68
Field Goals 27-52 (51.9%) 28-65 (43.1%)
3-Pointers 9-21 (42.9%) 10-25 (40.0%)
Free Throws 8-10 (80.0%) 2-2 (100.0%)
Total Rebounds 33 31
Offensive 6 8
Defensive 23 18
Team 4 5
Assists 18 17
Steals 5 5
Blocks 6 1
Turnovers 15 10
Fouls 12 15
Technicals 0 0
35 PTS, 3 REB, 1 AST
20 PTS, 6 REB
12T
away team logo 25 Indiana 9-2 343771
home team logo Butler 7-3 383068
Team Stats
away team logo 25 Indiana 9-2 70.2 PPG 39.1 RPG 13.1 APG
home team logo Butler 7-3 73.3 PPG 35.6 RPG 13.6 APG
Key Players
13
J. Morgan F 15.1 PPG 8.0 RPG 2.0 APG 55.6 FG%
22
S. McDermott F 10.5 PPG 4.0 RPG 0.5 APG 45.9 FG%
Top Scorers
J. Morgan F 35 PTS 3 REB 1 AST
S. McDermott F 20 PTS 6 REB 0 AST
51.9 FG% 43.1
42.9 3PT FG% 40.0
80.0 FT% 100.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Morgan 35 3 1 12/14 4/6 7/7 2 32 2 2 4 1 2
R. Langford 13 7 4 6/11 0/3 1/3 3 33 0 2 5 2 5
R. Phinisee 9 5 5 3/8 3/6 0/0 1 27 1 0 1 0 5
J. Smith 7 4 0 3/6 1/1 0/0 2 24 0 0 3 1 3
A. Durham 0 0 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 18 1 0 0 0 0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Morgan 35 3 1 12/14 4/6 7/7 2 32 2 2 4 1 2
R. Langford 13 7 4 6/11 0/3 1/3 3 33 0 2 5 2 5
R. Phinisee 9 5 5 3/8 3/6 0/0 1 27 1 0 1 0 5
J. Smith 7 4 0 3/6 1/1 0/0 2 24 0 0 3 1 3
A. Durham 0 0 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 18 1 0 0 0 0
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
D. Green 5 3 5 2/6 1/1 0/0 2 21 0 0 1 0 3
E. Fitzner 2 0 1 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 9 0 0 0 0 0
Z. McRoberts 0 5 0 0/2 0/2 0/0 0 21 1 0 0 1 4
D. Davis 0 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 16 0 2 1 1 1
Q. Taylor - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Jager - - - - - - - - - - - - -
V. Blackmon - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Moore - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Thompson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Anderson - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Forrester - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Hunter - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 71 29 18 27/52 9/21 8/10 12 201 5 6 15 6 23
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. McDermott 20 6 0 7/13 6/10 0/0 3 35 3 0 1 0 6
K. Baldwin 16 4 4 7/19 1/3 1/1 1 36 1 0 4 0 4
N. Fowler 7 4 2 3/6 0/1 1/1 4 17 0 0 2 3 1
A. Thompson 7 2 5 3/4 1/1 0/0 3 31 1 1 2 0 2
P. Jorgensen 5 2 4 2/10 1/6 0/0 2 31 0 0 1 1 1
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
S. McDermott 20 6 0 7/13 6/10 0/0 3 35 3 0 1 0 6
K. Baldwin 16 4 4 7/19 1/3 1/1 1 36 1 0 4 0 4
N. Fowler 7 4 2 3/6 0/1 1/1 4 17 0 0 2 3 1
A. Thompson 7 2 5 3/4 1/1 0/0 3 31 1 1 2 0 2
P. Jorgensen 5 2 4 2/10 1/6 0/0 2 31 0 0 1 1 1
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB
J. Brunk 8 5 2 4/8 0/0 0/0 1 23 0 0 0 2 3
J. Tucker 3 1 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 0 1
H. Baddley 2 2 0 1/2 0/1 0/0 0 16 0 0 0 2 0
C. David 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 3 0 0 0 0 0
B. Nze - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Donovan - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Gillens-Butler - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Golden - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Hastings - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 68 26 17 28/65 10/25 2/2 15 200 5 1 10 8 18