Crone leads Butler past Purdue
Indianapolis, IN (Sports Network) – Brandon Crone’s three-point play with 59
seconds remaining gave the Bulldogs the lead, and Tarrance Crump’s heave for a
tie hit off the back iron as time ran out as 18th-ranked Butler bested Purdue,
68-65, at Conseco Fieldhouse in the first game of the Wooden Tradition.
Neither team led by more than eight points in the back-and-forth affair, and
Butler held a 61-57 lead before Boilermaker standout Carl Landry reeled off
seven straight points for the club. His dunk in the lane gave Purdue a 64-63
lead with 2:05 left.
Landry had just 12 points on 2-of-5 shooting.
Crane then received a pass off a curl down the lane, draining a short bank
shot while being fouled. Both teams made free throws after the three-point
play and Mike Green stepped to the line with nine seconds left and a chance to
ice the game.
He made the first attempt for a 68-65 game, but missed the second. Crump then
rushed up the left side of the floor and missed a lunging three-pointer from
the left wing with three seconds left.
With the victory, the Bulldogs (11-1) added another major conference notch in
their NCAA at-large belt. Butler won the Preseason NIT by knocking off Notre
Dame, Indiana, Tennessee and Gonzaga in succession.
A.J. Graves led the way with 25 points and Green donated 18 points in the
victory. The Bulldogs forced 19 turnovers, scoring 23 points off the miscues.
Gordon Watt led Purdue (8-2) with 20 points and nine rebounds while Chris
Kramer chipped in 12 points.
The Boilermakers scored the game’s first five points, but Butler took its
first lead at 18-16 on an inside bucket by Green.
The game went back and forth for the majority of the first 20 minutes, with
Butler opening a 35-30 lead behind a brief 8-2 spurt. Crone’s two free throws
with about one minute to play gave the Bulldogs the five-point edge.
A late three-pointer by Kramer cut the deficit to 35-33 at the half. Green led
the Bulldogs with 13 points while Watt paced Purdue with 12 points. The
Boilermakers made 5-of-8 from beyond the arc, and Butler lived at the foul
Purdue still leads the series, 37-16…Butler is 5-0 on a neutral
floor…Purdue had won 12 of 13 against Butler coming into the
contest…Landry was averaging 20 points and 8.1 rebounds prior to tip-off.
The forward grabbed just five rebounds on the night.