Butler upsets No. 9 Tar Heels in Maui

OSKAR GARCIA Associated Press Published:

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) -- Maybe North Carolina should have just gone to the beach. Butler is the team to beat in Maui.

Rotnei Clarke and Kellen Dunham each scored 17 points Tuesday night to lead the unranked Bulldogs to an 82-71 win over No. 9 UNC in the second round of the Maui Invitational.

Butler jumped out to a 17-point halftime lead and held back several second-half surges from the Tar Heels.

"It was an entertaining game to be a part of," Butler coach Brad Stevens said. "When you are playing a program like Carolina, you know they are coming. Their run is coming next."

The runs sure came, but UNC was too far behind to make them worth anything.

"We just dug too big a hole against a very, very good team," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said.

The Tar Heels (4-1) missed their first three shots and never led.

One day after beating Marquette at the buzzer, Butler (3-1) held North Carolina to 18 points in the first half -- by far the worst output in a half for the Tar Heels so far this season.

P.J. Hairston led UNC with 15 points. Marcus Paige and Reggie Bullock each scored 13.

Andrew Smith had 13 points for Butler, while Kyhle Marshall had 10 points and 11 rebounds.

Butler got out to a 10-2 lead in just over four minutes then built it to 14 points with a 9-0 run capped by a layup from Erik Fromm with 9:36 left in the first half. Minutes later, Fromm grinned and nodded after hitting a 3-pointer from the top of the key that put Butler up 16 with less than four minutes to go in the half.

Meanwhile, Paige and James McAdoo combined for just nine points in the opening 20 minutes as UNC made only a combined eight shots.

"In the first half, they really kicked us," Williams said. "In the second half, we're trying to make comebacks, but they were making shots."

Butler took a 27-point lead roughly seven minutes into the second half. Duhman hit back-to-back 3s less than 19 seconds apart thanks to a steal and nifty assist from Clarke.

But the talented Tar Heels did not go quietly.

Hairston scored 10 straight -- eight points in just over one minute and screaming after every bucket -- to pull Carolina within 17 with 9:39 to go. Chase Stigall responded with back-to-back 3-pointers in the next two minutes.

Carolina pulled within six with less than two minutes left after scoring eight points in just over 40 seconds, including six from Paige.

But Butler hit five free throws in the last 1:01 to nail down the win.

Butler, on a roll in the Aloha State since losing 62-47 at Xavier one week ago, will play either Illinois in the tournament's title game on tonight.

Butler -- an unranked squad which dropped from all ballots in the last AP Top 25 tally -- pulled off a win over Marquette to open the tournament with an improbable, running 3-pointer from Clarke.

Stevens said its second win in Maui taught his team an early-season lesson about getting off to a fast start.

"You know that you have got to play attacking the rest of the game," he said.

NO. 1 INDIANA 82, GEORGETOWN 72, OT

NEW YORK -- A night after an ineffective game, Cody Zeller had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead No. 1 Indiana to an 82-72 overtime win against Georgetown in the title game of the Legends Classic tournament.

Jordan Hulls had 17 points for Indiana (5-0) and Yogi Ferrell had 14, including seven in overtime. His last points came on a 3-pointer he released just before the shot clock ran out, giving Indiana a 10-point lead with about a minute to go and, finally, clinching a game Indiana almost had wrapped up in regulation.

Victor Oladipo scored 12 points for Indiana and Christian Watford added 10 points and 10 rebounds for the Hoosiers, who took 36 free throws to Georgetown's 10.

Markel Starks scored 20 points for the Hoyas (3-1), and Otto Porter, who fouled out in overtime, made a layup with 4.6 seconds to play that tied the game at 64.

Porter finished with 15 points.

NO. 7 FLORIDA 58, SAVANNAH STATE 40

GAINESVILLE, Fla. -- Mike Rosario scored 13 points, Patric Young added a double-double and the Gators overwhelmed Savannah State.

Young finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high six blocks. It was his second double-double in four games, Erik Murphy chipped in 10 points for the Gators (4-0), who played the final 13-plus minutes without leading scorer Kenny Boynton.

Boynton sprained his left ankle when the landed on an opponent's foot while driving to the basket. He went to the locker room, returned to the bench a few minutes later and then left for good with 7:47 remaining. The Gators next play Friday against UCF.

Rashad Hassan and Cedric Smith led Savannah State with 11 points apiece. Arnold Louis added nine points and 11 boards for the Tigers (3-3).

NO. 11 UCLA 60, GEORGIA 56

NEW YORK -- Shabazz Muhammad scored 21 points and the Bruins made enough free throws late to hold off the Bulldogs in the consolation game of the Legends Classic tournament.

In the final minutes of a mostly dreary game, UCLA (4-1) took the lead with Muhammad on the bench, on baskets by Travis Wear and Jordan Adams, but the hyped freshman re-entered with 1:58 left to play.

He made two free throws with 1:15 left, then scooped up a loose ball on the other end with a minute remaining and fed Norman Powell, who was fouled attempting a layup.

Wear finished with 10 points and eight rebounds for UCLA, and Kyle Anderson had nine rebounds and nine points.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Bulldogs (1-4) with 16 points and had eight rebounds.

NO. 12 KANSAS 73, SAINT LOUIS 59

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Jeff Withey matched a career high with 25 points, Travis Releford added 23 and the Jayhawks held off Saint Louis to win the CBE Classic.

Releford had 21 points in the first half, and Withey had 15 in the second, the inside-outside duo carrying the Jayhawks (4-1) despite every effort by the Billikens (2-2) and senior forward Cody Ellis to get back into the game in the waning minutes of the second half.

The Jayhawks improved to 16-4 all-time at the Sprint Center, the site of this season's Big 12 tournament, and where they'll play Oregon State in a nonconference game next week.

Ellis finished with 19 points for the Billikens. Mike McCall Jr. added 13 points, Cory Remekun had 10 points and Dwayne Evans pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.

NO. 14 CREIGHTON 105, LONGWOOD 57

OMAHA, Neb. -- Doug McDermott and Gregory Echenique scored 17 points apiece to lead four Creighton players in double figures, and the 14th-ranked Bluejays defeated Longwood.

Ethan Wragge and Will Artino each added 13 points for the Bluejays (4-0), who have won all their games this season by at least 20 points.

Jeylani Dublin had 19 points and Tristan Carey 14 for Longwood (0-4).

NO. 15 MICHIGAN STATE 74, BOISE STATE 70

EAST LANSING, Mich. -- Keith Appling scored 22 points while Branden Dawson and Denzel Valentine made key contributions to help slow-starting Michigan State rally twice to beat the Broncos.

Appling was 8-for-14 from the field and delivered the critical three-point play in the final minute. Valentine had 12 points in his first career start, while Dawson added 10 points, five rebounds and three steals for the No. 15 Spartans (3-1), who suffered a major blow for at least one night when high-scoring freshman Gary Harris suffered a shoulder injury in the opening minute.

Derrick Marks scored 19 of his 24 points in the second half before fouling out with 2:37 left for Leon Rice's Broncos (3-1).

NO. 22 CINCINNATI 91, CAMPBELL 72

CINCINNATI -- Cashmere Wright scored a career-high 28 points and the Bearcats remained undefeated with a win over Campbell in the Global Sports Invitational.

Jaquon Parker set a season high with 21 points, and Sean Kilpatrick added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bearcats (4-0), who never trailed and led by as many as 25.

Cincinnati is scheduled to play its first road game Friday against Iowa State as the GSI continues in Las Vegas.

Darren White, who came in leading the Big South Conference with 25.5 points per game, bounced back from scoring just three in the first half to finish with 22 for Campbell (2-3).

BIG TEN

ILLINOIS 84, CHAMINADE 61

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Joseph Bertrand had a season-high 14 points as Illinois beat Division II Chaminade 84-61 to advance to the final of the Maui Invitational.

Brandon Paul scored 13 points, D.J. Richardson had 11 and Tyler Griffey added 10 as the Illini denied the tournament's host school a chance at shocking the college hoops world on consecutive nights. Illinois (5-0) shot 49 percent from the field and never trailed.

De'Andre Haskins had 19 points and Bennie Murray had 10 for the Silverswords.

IOWA 63, W. KENTUCKY 55

CANCUN, Mexico -- Mike Gesell scored 19 points, including three 3-pointers, to help Iowa beat Western Kentucky 63-55 in the Cancun Challenge semifinals.

Melsahn Basabe added 11 points, eight of them after halftime, for the Hawkeyes, who shot 47 percent from the floor and improved to 5-0 for the first time since the 2008-09 season. Iowa, which never trailed, also moved to 18-0 over the past three seasons when holding its opponent to 60 points or fewer.

NORTHWESTERN 69, DELAWARE ST. 50

EVANSTON, Ill. -- Drew Crawford scored 18 points and Northwestern hit a dozen 3-pointers as Northwestern beat Delaware State 69-50.

Crawford's three first-half 3s helped calm a sloppy offense as Northwestern (4-0) managed a double-digit lead throughout most of the second half. The Hornets briefly cut the deficit to eight points with under 10 minutes to play, but couldn't keep the pressure on the Wildcats.

Dave Sobolewski had 14 points for Northwestern, and freshman Alex Olah added 10 points, six rebounds and three steals. The 7-footer had his way on the inside as Delaware State had no answer for his size.

WISCONSIN 88, PRESBYTERIAN 43

MADISON, Wis. -- Ben Brust scored 20 points and grabbed 12 rebounds as Wisconsin beat Presbyterian 88-43.

It was the third double-double of the season for Brust, who became the first Wisconsin player to record three double-doubles in a four-game stretch since Mike Wilkinson did it in the 2004-05 season.

It also continued to mark an impressive improvement on the boards for Brust, who averaged just 2.2 rebounds a game last season.

Sam Dekker came off the bench to score 16 for Wisconsin (3-1), while George Marshall added 12 and Frank Kaminsky 10.

MAC

BOWLING GREEN 68, ALABAMA-HUNTSVILLE

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- A'uston Calhoun turned in a double-double and Bowling Green took a 68-54 victory from Division II Alabama-Huntsville in an NIT Season Tip-Off consolation game.

Calhoun had 20 points and 10 rebounds for the Falcons (2-3), who outrebounded the Chargers 37-23.

Chauncey Orr chipped in 11 points and Jordon Crawford 10 for Bowling Green.

KENT ST. 69, BETHUNE-COOKMAN 68

KENT, Ohio -- Randal Holt made a jumper with 2 seconds to play to lead Kent State to a 69-68 victory over Bethune-Cookman in the Joe Cipriano Nebraska Classic.

Chris Evans had 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Kent State (3-2), and Holt and Chris Ortiz scored 13 each.

INDIANA ST. 68, BALL ST. 48

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Jake Odum led Indiana State with 21 points and six assists as the Sycamores beat rival Ball State 68-48.

Odum was 7 of 13 from the field. Manny Arop had 13 points and a team-high 11 rebounds. R.J. Mahurin added 13 points, including 3 of 5 from 3-point range.

The Sycamores (3-1) led throughout the game, building a 35-24 lead at halftime.

OHIO 75, HAMPTON 67

ATHENS -- Walter Offutt scored 23 points, including 13 free-throw makes, as Ohio defeated Hampton 75-67.

Offutt's output was his highest since netting 26 against North Carolina in last year's Sweet 16. His previous best this season was 11 points against UNC Wilmington on Nov. 16.

CANISIUS 71, BUFFALO 64

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- Billy Baron scored 18 points to lead all five starters in double figures as Canisius beat Buffalo 71-64.

Jordan Heath scored 14 points and Harold Washington chipped in with 12 for Canisius (3-0).

J. MADISON 69, YOUNGSTOWN ST. 68

PITTSBURGH -- Rayshawn Goins scored 21 points and Charles Cooke knocked down two free throws with 8 seconds showing to help James Madison rally and beat Youngstown State 69-68.

Alioune Diouf had 15 points, Cooke finished with 11 and Andre Nation added 10 for the Dukes in the subregional round of the 2012 Progressive Legends Classic.

R. MORRIS 71, CLEVELAND ST. 62

MOON TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Mike McFadden and Velton Jones scored 15 points apiece as Robert Morris defeated Cleveland State 71-62 in the consolation round of the 2012 NIT Season Tip-Off.

Lucky Jones added 13 points for Robert Morris. Both Velton and Lucky Jones made seven free throws for the Colonials, who shot 85.2 percent (23 of 27) from the line as a team.

OTHERS

OAKLAND 71, TEXAS SOUTHERN 69

HOUSTON -- Travis Bader scored 23 points, including a 3-pointer in the final minute to put Oakland ahead, and the Golden Grizzlies defeated Texas Southern 71-69.

Bader, who was 7 for 12 from 3-point range, connected from behind the arc with 42 seconds left to give Oakland a 70-69 lead. Ryan Bass made a free throw for the Golden Grizzlies (2-3) and Texas Southern couldn't score at the end.

Corey Petros scored 18 points for Oakland. Raymond Penn led the Tigers (1-4) with 22 points, making 6 of 10 from 3-point range, while Fred Sturdivant had 16 points and 10 rebounds for TSU. The Tigers hurt themselves at the free-throw line, making just 5 of 13.

IPFW 92, JUDSON 22

FORT WAYNE, Ind. -- Herbert Graham scored 17 points and five rebounds to lead IPFW in a 92-22 rout of Judson of Illinois.

Graham was 3 of 4 from 3-point range. Joe Reed scored 14 points and was 5 of 5 from the field. Luis Jacobo added 13 points. Isaiah McCray had a team-high eight rebounds for the Mastodons (3-3).

WOMEN

NO. 16 OHIO ST. 70, ST. FRANCIS (PA.) 54

COLUMBUS -- Tayler Hill scored 23 points and Ohio State pulled away in the second half for a victory over St. Francis (Pa.).

Amber Stokes added 12 points and Darryce Moore, Martina Ellerbe and Ameryst Alston chipped in 10 apiece for the Buckeyes (3-1).

Alexandra Williams scored 16 points before fouling out for St. Francis (3-1), which trailed just 32-29 at halftime. Alexa Hayward added 13 points and Shene Fleming 11 for the Red Flash.

St. Francis was whistled for 22 fouls to eight for Ohio State. The Buckeyes had a big edge at the foul line, going 17 for 28 to 6 of 8 for St. Francis.

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