Indiana State hands Butler first loss
Terre Haute, IN (Sports Network) – Gabe Moore had a game-high 24 points to
lead the Indiana State Sycamores to a 72-64 upset of the 15th-ranked Butler
Bulldogs at the Hulman Center.
Moore shot 8-of-14 and Trent Wurtz added 15 points and eight rebounds for the
Sycamores (5-3), who have won four of their last five games.
Mike Green had 18 points and Brandon Crone added 15 points and 10 rebounds for
the Bulldogs (10-1), who suffered their first loss of the season.
Indiana State took advantage of Butler’s poor shooting in the first half and
closed with a 17-5 run to give the Sycamores a 35-23 lead.
Butler only connected on 9-of-27 shots (33.3 percent) in the first half,
compared to 10-for-21 (47.6 percent) shooting for the Sycamores.
Moore’s basket to open the second half gave Indiana State its biggest lead of
the game, 37-23.
Several times the Bulldogs got to within seven points, but the Sycamores
always had an answer.
Moore sealed the victory with a steal and layup with 1:31 left, then hit two
free throws in the final minute to end Butler’s hopes.
Butler plays next Saturday against Purdue in Indianapolis…Indiana State
plays at Missouri State next Saturday…Butler had won its previous three
games by double-digits…Butler was the highest-ranked team to play in Terre
Haute since No. 13 Bradley in February 1986…The Sycamores finished the game
shooting 47.8 percent while the Bulldogs shot 41.5 percent in the game.