Indiana 75, Butler 59
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
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
Not surprisingly, it was a defensive slugfest most of the
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
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.