INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -- Marco Killingsworth was making free throws
in Conseco Fieldhouse like he was Reggie Miller.
Killingsworth, a senior forward at Indiana, entered Friday
night's game shooting 54 percent from the line. But in the building
where Miller cemented his reputation as a clutch player for the
Indiana Pacers, Killingsworth went 8-for-8 from the line in the
second half to help the Hoosiers (No. 17 ESPN/USA Today; No. 18 AP) beat Butler 73-55.
Killingsworth, who scored 16 of his 27 points in the second
half, went 9-for-13 from the field and 9-for-10 from the free throw
"Dang," Indiana coach Mike Davis said. "I guess we can't call
him Shaq anymore."
Robert Vaden of the Hoosiers was 4-of-4 from 3-point range and
had 22 points, seven rebounds and five assists. He said
Killingsworth's presence left him open.
"It's because he demands double-teams," Vaden said. "If he
demands double-teams, he can kick it out for open shots."
Killingsworth's three-point play with 4:22 left capped a 7-0 run
and gave the Hoosiers (7-2) a 56-46 lead.
Brandon Polk, who led Butler with 23 points, scored with 7:22
left, but the Bulldogs (6-5) didn't make another field goal for
more than 5 minutes.
Indiana's size advantage was too much for the Bulldogs. Butler's
tallest player is 6-foot-7 and its heaviest player is 245 pounds,
not nearly enough to handle the 6-8, 268-pound Killingsworth.
"It felt good when stuff started going in," Killingsworth
said. "You know, you get your little roll going, ain't no feeling
Indiana shot 58 percent from the field and outrebounded the
There were six lead changes and three ties in the first half.
Vaden hit a 3-pointer at the halftime buzzer to give the Hoosiers a
Indiana, which entered the game averaging 83 points, didn't get
into its running game until the closing minutes. The Hoosiers
allowed Butler to stay in the game by committing 17 turnovers.
Davis didn't mind slowing the pace a bit because it allowed the
Hoosiers to run their offense through Killingsworth.
"We can push it, but I don't want to do it every time until we
can make better decisions with the basketball," he said.
Killingsworth said it was good for the Hoosiers to prove they
can win a halfcourt game.
"That's how basketball is, you've got to just adjust to it,"
Killingsworth said. "Coach does a good job of going through game
preparation, and right before the game, telling us what type of
ballclub it is."
Butler coach Todd Lickliter said his team was in a good position
"I thought we had set a pretty good tone, not that we were down
two, but that we had established that we were going to play and
make them play halfcourt basketball," he said.
The Hoosiers looked like they might lose to an in-state
mid-major for the second time this month. Indiana State upset
Indiana 72-67 on Dec. 6, but the Hoosiers shot 67 percent
(14-for-21) from the field in the second half against the Bulldogs.
Butler has had two near-misses against Big Ten teams this
season. The Bulldogs lost to Ohio State 79-69 in overtime on Nov.
22, and 78-74 to Michigan on Nov. 26. Those scores caught Indiana's
"Butler's a pretty good team," Vaden said. "They've got guys
they all can play, but I felt we played a pretty good game in the