Big Ten roundup: Butler holds off Indiana comeback
Indianapolis — Butler coach Chris Holtmann spent most of the last two weeks trying to get his team to play its old style.
On Saturday, the pleas paid big dividends
Senior forward Andrew Chrabascz recommended using an inbound play with 15.6 seconds left and Tyler Lewis found Tyler Wideman for a dunk to help No. 18 Butler hold on for an 83-77 victory over No. 9 Indiana at the Crossroads Classic.
“I knew he (Lewis) would make the right read,” Chrabascz said. “Just a spur of the moment, put something out there and coach agreed with it. It’s a one-in-a-million chance. He’s got to agree every once in a while.”
There was plenty for Holtmann to like in this one.
Kelan Martin scored 28 points, while Chrabascz and Kamar Baldwin each added 14 to give the Bulldogs (10-1) their second straight win overall and their second upset of Indiana in four years in a doubleheader that features the state’s four highest-profile basketball schools.
And though Indiana cut an 11-point deficit with 8:10 to play to 79-77 in the final minute, the Hoosiers (8-2) never had the ball with a chance to force a tie or take the lead in the second half.
No, it wasn’t easy — it never is against their in-state rival.
But the Bulldogs, as they usually do, shared some suggestions, protected the ball and found a way to hold on for a win.
James Blackmon Jr. got the Hoosiers’ offense in sync in the second half when he scored 16 of his 26 points. Thomas Bryant had 15 points and seven rebounds, but when the Hoosiers couldn’t get the late stop they needed, their five-game winning streak was over.
“Just a misunderstanding with me and my teammates,” Bryant said, referring to the blown defensive assignment on Wideman. “I’ve just got to be better in that moment.”
A mistake that Chrabascz sensed was coming and that Holtmann took a chance on.
“The pass was really important,” Holtmann said. “You guys know it doesn’t always work like that, and I was glad it did there.”
No. 2 UCLA 86, Ohio State 73: At Las Vegas, Aaron Holiday and Bryce Alford each scored 20 points and UCLA overcame a rough shooting game from star freshman Lonzo Ball to remain unbeaten. Isaac Hamilton scored 17 points and T.J. Leaf added 13, including a steal and layup that sparked the decisive run for the Bruins (12-0). They continued their best start since being 14-0 in 2006-07. After a sloppy, 12-turnover first half, UCLA led 44-40 when Leaf stole Micah Potter’s pass under Ohio State’s basket and scored over Potter. It started a 7-0 run that concluded with Leaf’s 3-pointer with 16:53 left. Alford’s 3-pointer with 1:49 left put the Bruins up 81-71 and stopped Ohio State (8-3) from mounting a late comeback in the first game of the CBS Sports Classic.
No. 15 Purdue 86, No. 21 Notre Dame 81: Caleb Swanigan had 26 points and 10 rebounds, Vincent Edwards finished with 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Purdue got its first win in the Crossroads Classic since it began six years ago. Swanigan’s three-point play at the end of a 13-2 run gave the Boilermakers a 70-67 lead with 9:41 to play. The Boilermakers (9-2) opened the second half with a 12-2 run to cut the deficit to four and then went on a 10-0 run midway through the half to take a lead. The Fighting Irish (9-2) blew a 16-point lead against Indiana in the Crossroads Classic a year ago and lost that game 80-73.
Iowa 69, Northern Iowa 46: Peter Jok scored 21 points in his final game in his hometown and Iowa won its third straight. Nicholas Baer had 11 points with 11 rebounds off the bench for the Hawkeyes (6-5), who jumped all over the slightly favored Panthers early and never let up. Iowa led 34-16 at halftime after a 16-3 run, and it pushed that lead to 49-24 early in the second half. The win was Iowa’s biggest over Northern Iowa (5-5) since it beat the Panthers by 32 in 2000.
(At) Northwestern 67, Dayton 64: Sanjay Lumpkin had 14 points and 14 rebounds, Bryant McIntosh had 13 points, and Northwestern survived a dismal second half. Scottie Lindsey and Nathan Taphorn added 11 points each as Northwestern (9-2) won its sixth straight. Scoochie Smith had 18 points and Charles Cooke added 12 for Dayton (7-3), which had its five-game winning streak stopped.
(At) Illinois 75, BYU 73: Tracy Abrams scored 15 points and Maverick Morgan had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Eric Mika led BYU with 25 points. Jalen Coleman-Lands had 12 points and Michael Finke and Malcolm Hill 10 each for the Illini (9-3), who have won five straight. BYU (7-4) shot just 43 percent from the field after averaging 85.8 points on the strength of its transition game. Nick Emery added 16 points and TJ Haws 10 for the Cougars.