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Butler beaten at buzzer

PHILADELPHIA — Tyrone Garland and Ramon Galloway hopped on the scorer's table, stretched their arms in celebration and took in the mayhem. On the court, their La Salle teammates were lost somewhere in a swarm of gold-shirted students.

A decade of mediocre basketball was forgotten in a flash.

Out of timeouts, Galloway sprinted the length of the court for the winning basket with 2.7 seconds left to send La Salle to a 54-53 victory over No. 9 Butler on Wednesday night.

The Explorers hadn't defeated a top 10 team since 1980.

"It's the greatest feeling ever," Galloway said. "It's one of the greatest wins ever in my life. I know it is for my teammates, too."

Butler (16-3, 3-1 Atlantic-10) had lived on last-second victories, and Andrew Smith's layup with 8 seconds left put the Bulldogs ahead 53-52. But Galloway took the inbounds, drove past Smith and Roosevelt Jones and banked the shot for the stunner.

NO. 7 INDIANA 72, PENN ST. 49: Victor Oladipo scored 19 as the host Hoosiers (17-2, 5-1 Big Ten) survived a sluggish first half.

N'WESTERN 55, NO. 12 MINNESOTA 48: The host Wildcats beat a ranked opponent for the second time in three games and sent the Gophers (15-4, 3-3 Big Ten) to their third straight loss.

NO. 15 NEW MEXICO 66, COLO. ST. 61: Tony Snell scored 23 and the host Lobos (17-2, 4-0 Mountain West) held off a late rally.

NO. 16 OREGON 68, WASH. ST. 61: E.J. Singler scored 19 as the host Ducks (17-2, 6-0 Pac-12) rallied from a 10-point halftime deficit.

DRAKE 74, NO. 17 CREIGHTON 69: Richard Carter scored 20 as the host Bulldogs handed the Bluejays (17-3, 6-2 MVC) their first consecutive losses.

NO. 20 WICHITA ST. 62, MISSOURI ST. 52: The visiting Shockers (18-2, 7-1 MVC) rallied behind a 16-2 second-half run.

UCF 78, RICE 67: Isaiah Sykes had 24 points to lead the host Knights (13-5, 3-1 C-USA).

ECKERD 61, SAINT LEO 57, OT: The visiting Tritons (10-4, 4-3 Sunshine State) beat a Lions (12-4, 5-2) team playing its fourth straight overtime game.

FLA. SOUTHERN 91, TAMPA 65: The visiting Spartans (13-5, 1-5 SSC) lost for the fourth time in five games.

NORTH CAROLINA: Junior guard Leslie McDonald was suspended for three games for undisclosed reasons.

Women

NO. 1 BAYLOR 66, NO. 24 IOWA ST. 51: Brittney Griner dunked for the 11th time in her career as the visiting Bears (17-1, 7-0 Big 12) routed the Cyclones (13-4, 4-3).

NO. 2 NOTRE DAME 73, PITT 47: Kayla McBride scored 19 to help the visiting Irish (17-1, 6-0 Big East) to their 12th straight win.

KANSAS ST. 76, NO. 12 OKLA. ST. 70, OT: The host Wildcats made 16 3-pointers to upset the Cowgirls (14-3, 3-3 Big 12).

SAINT LEO 53, ECKERD 47: The visiting Lions (9-8, 4-3 Sunshine State) turned away a second-half rally by the Tritons (7-7, 4-3).

TAMPA 51, FLA. SOUTHERN 31: Moriah Hodge had 14 points and seven rebounds for the visiting Spartans (12-3, 3-3 SSC).

Butler beaten at buzzer 01/23/13 [Last modified: Thursday, January 24, 2013 12:05am]
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