What is it with Butler and buzzer-beaters this season?
The Bulldogs stunned both Marquette and Indiana with no time remaining earlier this season. On Saturday, they added Gonzaga to their list of victims.
Trailing Gonzaga, 64–63, with 3.5 seconds remaining, Butler’s Roosevelt Jones stole the inbounds pass on the Butler side of the court from David Stockton, a.k.a. John Stockton’s son. (Yes, the irony that the son of the NBA’s all-time assists leader threw a bad inbounds pass is not lost on us.)
Jones then calmly dribbled through the chaos around him, threw a Hail Mary runner up from roughly 12 feet away and watched it go in, sending the Hinkle Fieldhouse crowd (as well as ESPN’s Dan Shulman and Dick Vitale) into hysterics.
If only Hoosiers (the championship game scene for which was filmed at Hinkle) had ended like that.