While the Big Ten/ACC Challenge has received most of the attention this week, one of the better games on Wednesday’s slate matched teams from the Big East and American Athletic Conference. Butler and No. 17 Cincinnati did not disappoint, and the outcome would not be determined until the game’s final second.
Roosevelt Jones managed to corral a pass from Austin Etherington despite being surrounded by two Cincinnati defenders, then dribbled to his left and made a runner off glass with one tenth of a second remaining. The shot gave Butler the 78-76 win and a result that will look good on their résumé as the season progresses.
Jones, who made two important free throws to give Butler a 74-73 lead with 42 seconds remaining, finished the night with ten points and five rebounds. Kellen Dunham led five Bulldogs in double figures with 24 points, and Butler’s 16-5 edge in points off turnovers was a factor as well.
Jacob Evans and Octavius Ellis, whose three-point play with 4.7 seconds remaining tied the game at 76, led the Bearcats with 16 points apiece and Ellis also grabbed a game-high 12 rebounds.
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