Dec. 12, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) -Gordon Hayward scored 24 points, and No. 22 Butler beat a ranked team for the first time in four tries this season, holding off No. 13 Ohio State 74-66 on Saturday.

Willie Veasley had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bulldogs (7-3), who had lost to Minnesota, Clemson and Georgetown this season.

William Buford scored 20 points and David Lighty added 17 for the Buckeyes (7-2), who played for the first time without scoring and rebounding leader Evan Turner, who was averaging a double-double this season. He fractured his lower back when he hit the court on a dunk attempt on Dec. 5.

Butler led by 17 point in the final 5 minutes, but Ohio State used a fullcourt press to get back into the game. A layup by Jon Diebler cut Butler's lead to 69-66 with 46 seconds to play, but the Buckeyes got no closer.

Hayward scored nine points in the first 9 minutes, including two 3-pointers against Ohio State's zone, to give the Bulldogs a 21-10 lead. A layup by Howard made it 28-18 and Ohio State responded with a 16-0 run to take a 34-28 lead. The Buckeyes held the Bulldogs scoreless for nearly 7 minutes.

Butler finally rallied, and a layup by Howard with 3 seconds left in the first half cut Ohio State's lead to 36-34. Hayward scored 15 points in the half.

The lead changed hands several times early in the second half before Butler gained control. A putback by Hayward capped a 15-0 run during which the Bulldogs held the Buckeyes scoreless for 7 minutes to take a 67-50 lead with 4:37 left.

Butler led 71-66 with 21.7 seconds left and Ohio State had one more chance to draw closer, but Dallas Lauderdale missed two free throws. Butler rebounded, and Veasley made two free throws with 17.1 seconds left.