Roosevelt Jones celebrates his game-winning steal and floater (Photo: TSN)

Roosevelt Jones celebrates his game-winning steal and floater.

Indianapolis (TSN)) – The magic at Hinkle Fieldhouse Saturday night led to mass hysteria on the court by fans of the Butler Bulldogs.

Roosevelt Jones stole an errant inbounds pass at midcourt and drained a one- handed shot from near the foul line at the buzzer, giving 13th-ranked Butler a 64-63 win over No. 8 Gonzaga.

Kelly Olynyk sank two free throws for Gonzaga with 4.6 seconds left to give them a one-point edge.

Any hope of a win for Butler seemed to evaporate when Alex Barlow was whistled for traveling near midcourt after receiving the inbounds pass.

Jones, though, came up with a steal off a high inbounds pass and raced to the other end before hitting his shot over Olynyk as the buzzer sounded, and fans mobbed the court.

“I heard their coach saying to lob it to Olynyk, so I just played behind him, made the basketball play and got the steal,” Jones said. “I looked at the clock and saw four seconds, so I knew I could get down court. I saw Olynyk come up to me and I floated it over him.”

Butler (16-2), which moved to 9-0 at home, received 20 points from Jones and 14 from Kellen Dunham in its 13th consecutive win. Butler hasn’t lost since Nov. 21 against Illinois.

Gonzaga (17-2), which had won its previous eight contests, was led by 20 points apiece from Elias Harris and Sam Dower. Olynyk scored 14.

Butler was again without its leading scorer in Rotnei Clarke, who sat out with a sprained neck.

Gonzaga gained an early lead of 15-7 before Butler rallied and grabbed a 22-20 lead on Dunham’s 3-pointer with 7:52 left in the half. The visitors held a 33-32 edge at the break.

It was tight throughout the second half with the largest lead of five at 55-50 by Butler with 4 1/2 minutes left.

The offensive output for Gonzaga was a far cry from the 80 points the team was averaging coming into Saturday night’s game.

“We tried to speed them up with the press, but they took their time,” Gonzaga coach Mark Few said.

Notes: Butler is 78-11 in Hinkle Fieldhouse under head coach Brad Stevens … Gonzaga had just seven turnovers, a mark matched by Jones himself … Dunham made half of his eight 3-point tries.

Team 1 2 Score
Gonzaga 33 30 63
Butler 32 32 64
Officials:  Bill McCarthy, Tim Kelly, Tony Crisp Attendance:  10228
Gonzaga MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
Kelly Olynyk 27 5 12 0 1 4 5 2 5 7 2 4 2 1 1 14
Elias Harris 22 8 14 0 2 4 5 3 4 7 0 4 0 1 0 20
Kevin Pangos 39 2 5 1 3 0 0 0 2 2 6 3 1 2 0 5
Gary Bell 33 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 0 0
Michael Hart 15 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 3 0 4 1 0 0 0
Kyle Dranginis 4 0 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 0
Guy Landry Edi 9 0 1 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1
David Stockton 13 1 2 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 3 2 0 1 0 3
Przemek Karnowski 6 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
Sam Dower 24 8 11 2 2 2 2 0 1 1 0 0 1 2 1 20
Drew Barham 8 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Team 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM TOTALS 200 24 51 4 14 11 15 8 18 26 14 19 5 7 2 63
PERCENTAGES FG: 47.1% 3PT: 28.6% FT: 73.3% TOTAL TO: 7
Butler MIN FG FGA 3P 3PA FT FTA OR DR TOT A PF ST TO BL PTS
Roosevelt Jones 32 7 10 0 0 6 10 3 2 5 4 2 1 7 1 20
Khyle Marshall 21 3 9 0 0 2 4 0 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 8
Andrew Smith 33 3 5 1 2 0 2 1 6 7 0 4 0 0 0 7
Alex Barlow 33 2 4 1 3 0 0 0 4 4 6 2 2 3 0 5
Kellen Dunham 36 4 9 4 8 2 3 0 2 2 1 1 1 0 0 14
Andy Smeathers 3 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0
Erik Fromm 13 0 1 0 1 1 2 1 2 3 1 3 0 0 0 1
Emerson Kampen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Kameron Woods 12 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0 2
Chase Stigall 17 2 3 2 3 1 2 1 2 3 2 0 0 1 0 7
Team 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0
TEAM TOTALS 200 22 44 8 19 12 23 8 20 28 14 16 4 12 2 64
PERCENTAGES FG: 50% 3PT: 42.1% FT: 52.2% TOTAL TO: 12

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