Cincinnati’s perfect season is over because Butler’s Roosevelt Jones pulled off the most Butler-like — and the most Roosevelt Jones-y — of shots at the end of a captivating game Wednesday night.
Jones won out on a scuffle for the ball, awkwardly took it near the hoop and banked it in with .1 remaining to lift 5-1 Butler over previously unbeaten, 17th-ranked Cincy, which is now 7-1.
“He’s got big-time guts now,” Butler coach Chris Holtmann said on CBS Sports Network immediately after. “He’s the highest-level competitor I’ve ever coached. It was a scrum there, and he got it with three other guys around him. He’s amazing.”
The 78-76 win marks the first time Butler has ever defeated Cincinnati. Jones scored 10 points, all of them in the second half. Butler put up 50 points on the Bearcats in the second half; to hang half a hundred on a Cincy team that is always stout on D speaks to just how well the Bulldogs played.
Kellen Dunham led Butler with 24. Cincinnati got 16 points apiece from Octavius Ellis and Jacob Evans. The Bearcats shot 50 percent but committed 14 turnovers, while the Bulldogs had just six.