Jan 21, 2013
Butler’s Stevens In A Class All His Own

The Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/weiss-butler-basketball-stevens-class-article-1.1243726

Butler’s precocious coach Brad Stevens is getting used to these Cinderella moments.

The 6-4 sophomore guard Roosevelt Jones looped behind Gonzaga’s 7-foot center Przemek Karnowski, stole the inbounds pass with 3.5 seconds left, drove from midcourt into the lane and hit a buzzer-beating floater to give 13th-ranked Butler (16-2) a 64-63 prime-time victory over the No. 8 Zags (17-2) at Hinkle Field House late Saturday night.

Stevens calmly got off the bench, arms folded, and walked down the court to shake hands with Mark Few, whose Gonzaga team has been one of the best three programs west of the Rockies over the last 10 years.

The rest of the place went bonkers, with students rushing the floor and players mobbing each other at midcourt in wild jubilation.

Butler has been involved in this type of drama more than once this season. First, guard Rontei Clarke, a transfer from Arkansas, drilled a 28-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Bulldogs defeated Marquette, 72-71, in the quarterfinals of the Maui Classic.

Last month, Alex Barlow, a walk-on guard who had scored 12 points all season, scored on a spinning six-foot jumper with just 2.4 seconds to play as the Bulldogs stunned top-ranked Indiana, 86-84, in overtime in downtown Indianapolis.

“These guys make you believe, Stevens said. The way they play the game, how hard they play the game, they just make you believe.”

Butler’s Stevens In A Class All His Own

The Daily News

http://www.nydailynews.com/sports/college/weiss-butler-basketball-stevens-class-article-1.1243726

Butler’s precocious coach Brad Stevens is getting used to these Cinderella moments.

The 6-4 sophomore guard Roosevelt Jones looped behind Gonzaga’s 7-foot center Przemek Karnowski, stole the inbounds pass with 3.5 seconds left, drove from midcourt into the lane and hit a buzzer-beating floater to give 13th-ranked Butler (16-2) a 64-63 prime-time victory over the No. 8 Zags (17-2) at Hinkle Field House late Saturday night.

Stevens calmly got off the bench, arms folded, and walked down the court to shake hands with Mark Few, whose Gonzaga team has been one of the best three programs west of the Rockies over the last 10 years.

The rest of the place went bonkers, with students rushing the floor and players mobbing each other at midcourt in wild jubilation.

Butler has been involved in this type of drama more than once this season. First, guard Rontei Clarke, a transfer from Arkansas, drilled a 28-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer as the Bulldogs defeated Marquette, 72-71, in the quarterfinals of the Maui Classic.

Last month, Alex Barlow, a walk-on guard who had scored 12 points all season, scored on a spinning six-foot jumper with just 2.4 seconds to play as the Bulldogs stunned top-ranked Indiana, 86-84, in overtime in downtown Indianapolis.

“These guys make you believe, Stevens said. The way they play the game, how hard they play the game, they just make you believe.”






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