Jones lifts Bulldogs past Creighton


Senior Alex Barlow came down with an offensive rebound with 30 seconds to play and he passed to junior Roosevelt Jones.

Jones surveyed the court and then drove down the right side of the lane and put in a layup with 1.9 seconds to play, giving the Butler men’s basketball team a 58-56 win at Creighton Tuesday night.

The Bulldogs’ (19-7 overall, 9-4 Big East) win was a quick bounce back after Villanova’s Darrun Hilliard hit a late three Saturday night to beat Butler 68-65.

With sophomore Andrew Chrabascz out two to four weeks with a broken bone in his right hand, the other four starters stepped up, especially down the stretch. Barlow, Jones, Kameron Woods and Kellen Dunham combined for 52 of Butler’s 58 points.

Jones and Barlow in particular, were crucial in the waning moments of the game. Prior to the final possession, Barlow stole the ball with 2:45 to play and converted an old-fashioned three-point play to get the Bulldogs within a point.

On the next possession, Jones converted a three-point play of his own to give them the lead.

Jones finished with 18 points, while Barlow chipped in five points with five rebounds and one big steal.

Dunham led all scorers with 19 points and Woods had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

Freshman Tyler Wideman started in place of Chrabascz and finished with two points on 1-of-2 shooting.

Devin Brooks and Austin Chatman had 17 points apiece for the Bluejays.

The Bulldogs now gear up for a showdown with rival Xavier in Cincinnati on Saturday, while the Bluejays have more than a week off before traveling to Chicago to take on DePaul.

Butler beat Xavier 88-76 on Jan. 10, a game in which Chrabascz was key for the Bulldogs.

Tip off is set for 2 p.m. on Fox Sports Net Saturday.