Roosevelt Jones’ bank shot with 1.9 seconds left lifted No. 19 Butler to a 58-56 win over Creighton on Monday night before a sellout crowd of 17,971 fans at CenturyLink Center Omaha. The Bulldogs trailed 54-48 with three minutes to go before closing the game on a 10-2 run, including the final five from Jones.
Jones’ game-winner with 1.9 seconds left marked just the fourth time in 201 all-time games at CenturyLink Center Omaha that Creighton lost a game on points in the final 10 seconds by the opponent, but second this season. It was the “latest” game-winner by an opponent in the building’s history, edging out the dagger three-pointer hit by Seton Hall’s Sterling Gibbs on January 10th with 2.2 ticks left. Both Seton Hall and Butler were ranked No. 19 in the country.
Down 54-48 with less than three minutes to go, Kellen Dunham made a lay-up. He led Butler with 18 points. Alex Barlow would then steal a pass and go coast-to-coast for a lay-up, then sink a free throw to draw the Bulldogs within one. Butler’s run stretched to eight straight points on Jones’ three-point play with 1:52 remaining, giving Butler a 56-54 edge.
Creighton came back and battled with two offensive rebounds and a putback to tie the game. The teams traded misses and on Butler’s next possession, they gained an offensive rebound and were able to hold for the final shot.
Austin Chatman and Devin Brooks both had 17 points for Creighton, which fell to 12-15 (3-11 BIG EAST).
Creighton shot 43.8 percent for the game, including 7-for-20 from three-point range (35.0 percent). Both teams had 29 rebounds, and CU had 15 assists against just eight turnovers.