INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Troy Williams matched his career high with 22 points and Kevin “Yogi” Ferrell added 20 to help Indiana beat No. 23 Butler 82-73 on Saturday.
Coach Tom Crean earned his 300th victory. Indiana (9-2) beat a ranked opponent for the 17th time since 2011-12, the most in the Big Ten.
Kellen Dunham led Butler (8-3) with 23 points. The Bulldogs lost their second straight to a power conference foe.
It looked as if things may turn out different when Kameron Woods’ dunk gave Butler a 53-47 lead with 13:48 to play. But Ferrell scored 12 of his points during a 14-6 run that gave Indiana a 61-59 lead. Williams then scored four points in a 10-0 run that extended the Hoosiers’ lead to 76-65 with 3:08 to go.
Butler couldn’t get closer than five the rest of the way.
Ferrell became the 48th member of the Hoosiers’ 1,000-point club. He has 1,003, achieving the feat in his hometown and on the same playing court where he won two state titles in high school.
For Butler, it was a rare loss in the rivalry. The Bulldogs had won four of the last five against Indiana.
They had a chance to win it again after Dunham scored the final seven points of the first half to get Butler into a 38-38 tie at halftime. The Bulldogs continued their charge early in the second half, taking their biggest lead of the game on Woods’ dunk.
But Ferrell responded with a flurry.
He scored on a lay-up, hit a 3-pointer and made two free throws to tie the score at 57. Colin Hartman’s putback broke the tie with 9:30 to play, and then Ferrell went back to work. He made another layup, and James Blackmon Jr.’s three-point play capped the 14-4 run that gave Indiana a 66-61 lead with 7:53 left.
After the Bulldogs cut it to 66-65, Nick Zeisloft answered with a 3 and Williams scored four quick points in the decisive run.
Indiana: James Blackmon Jr. came into Saturday as the nation’s most prolific freshman scorer. But he struggled mightily against the Bulldogs’ defense. Blackmon finished 2 of 12 from the field, had only two assists and finished with five points — 14 below his average.
Butler: The Bulldogs came into Saturday as the only unbeaten team in the first three years of the Crossroads Classic. It couldn’t last. Butler fell to 9-3 all-time at Bankers Life Fieldhouse and went home with a 3-1 mark in the event.
Indiana hosts New Orleans on Monday.
Butler hosts Tennessee-Martin on Monday.
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