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Butler forward recognized for play

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Jones named Atlantic 10 Player of Week

Tuesday, December 18, 2012 - 12:02 am

It brings attention upon yourself when you lead your basketball squad to a monumental upset of the nation's best team.

Butler forward Roosevelt Jones did just that on Saturday, as the sophomore was instrumental in helping the Bulldogs shock top-ranked Indiana 88-86 in overtime at Bankers Life Fieldhouse.

In honor of his play, Jones was named Atlantic 10 Conference Player of the Week.

The 6-foot-4 forward from O’Fallon, Ill., was called “the best player on the floor” by Butler coach Brad Stevens after the Bulldogs’ win.

Jones recorded his fifth career double-double with 16 points and a game-high 12 rebounds against the Hoosiers, and he was headed for a rare triple-double with a game-high seven assists, before fouling out with two minutes remaining in regulation play.

The second-year Butler player hit six of 10 shots from the field and four of six from the free throw line, and he added a pair of blocked shots in 29 minutes of action. The 12 rebounds and two blocked shots matched his previous career-high, while the seven assists were a new career-high.

The victory was Butler’s first in five tries all-time against a No.1-ranked team.

Butler will host Evansville on Saturday at 2 p.m.