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Butler 66, Indiana 64
Posted: Sunday December 30, 2001 03:17 AM
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INDIANAPOLIS (Ticker) -- The Hoosier Classic does not belong to Indiana anymore.

No. 24 Butler ended Indiana's 39-game winning streak in the Hoosier Classic with a 66-64 victory as Joel Cornette dunked with 3.3 seconds remaining.

Cornette followed a missed layup by Thomas Jackson with just his second basket of the second half. Indiana (7-5) could not get off a last shot as it suffered its first loss in the 20-year history of the tournament.

"Joel does things that don't always show up in the box score, but he's very instrumental in our success," Butler coach Todd Lickliter said. "We were very fortunate to have the ball on the final possession and to have it in the hands of Thomas Jackson." Jackson scored 14 points and Brandon Miller added 13 as Butler (13-0) continued the best start in school history and remained one of five unbeaten teams in Division I.

Jared Jeffries led all scorers with 18 points for Indiana, which had won its previous 19 games in this tournament by an average of 20 points. Tom Coverdale, Dane Fife and Kyle Hornsby added 12 points apiece for the Hoosiers, who could not hold on to a nine-point lead over the final nine minutes.

"I'm disappointed, but I'm not disappointed in my team," Indiana coach Mike Davis said. "I thought my team worked hard and gave the effort necessary to win the ballgame." Two free throws by A.J. Moye gave the Hoosiers a 51-42 lead with 11:42 remaining.

Butler stormed back with a 10-0 run as Mike Monserez drilled back-to-back 3-pointers and a layup by Cornette put the Bulldogs in front, 52-51, with 6:12 to play.

Jeffries completed a three-point play 16 seconds later to give Indiana the lead, but Jackson made two free throws to forge a 54-54 tie with 5:15 left. Jeffries was 2-of-2 from the line and Coverdale 1-of-2 to give the Hoosiers a 57-54 lead.

Indiana had a 60-57 cushion with just over three minutes to go, but Butler regained the lead as Miller and Darnell Archey each made two free throws and Jackson was 1-of-2 from the line with 2:10 remaining.

A layup by Jeffries tied it again, Jackson replied with two free throws and Jeffrey Newton's layup with 11 seconds to go lifted the Hoosiers into a 64-64 tie and set the stage for Cornette's heroics.

"It is a real heartbreaking way to lose," Jeffries said. "We played well, but we have to put it all together and play 40 minutes." Indiana grabbed a 35-34 lead in a remarkably even first half. The Hoosiers shot 52 percent from the field (12-of-23) while the Bulldogs made 50 percent (13-of-26). Butler had a 13-12 rebounding edge and both teams committed six turnovers.

Archey finished with 10 points off the bench for Butler.

 


 
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