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Fast start lifts Butler past UNC

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

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

Butler took a 17-point halftime lead and held back several second-half surges by 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 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 Tar Heels' worst output in a half this season.

NO. 1 INDIANA 82, G'TOWN 72, OT: Cody Zeller and Jordan Hulls had 17 points each, and Yogi Ferrell had seven of his 14 in overtime to lead the Hoosiers to the championship of the Legends Classic tournament at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

NO. 11 UCLA 60, GEORGIA 56: Shabazz Muhammad scored 20 in his second college game, and the Bruins (4-1) made enough free throws late to hold on in the consolation game of the Legends Classic tournament.

NO. 12 KANSAS 73, SAINT LOUIS 59: Jeff Withey matched a career high with 25 points, Travis Releford added 23 and the Jayhawks (4-1) won the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo.

NO. 14 CREIGHTON 105, LONGWOOD 57: Doug McDermott and Gregory Echenique scored 17 each to lead four players in double figures for the host Bluejays (4-0), who have won all their games by at least 20 points.

NO. 15 MICH. ST. 74, BOISE ST. 70: Keith Appling scored 22 and Branden Dawson and Denzel Valentine made key contributions to help the host Spartans (3-1) rally twice.

NO. 22 CINCINNATI 91, CAMPBELL 72: Cashmere Wright scored a career-high 28 for the host Bearcats (4-0), who never trailed in the Global Sports Invitational.

MTSU 75, UCF 61: Shawn Jones had 18 points and 13 rebounds and led a stellar defensive effort in the second half as Middle Tennessee defeated the host Knights (3-1).

PENN STATE: Point guard and leading scorer Tim Frazier will miss the rest of the season with a ruptured left Achilles tendon.


USF 60, BRADLEY 50: Andrea Smith had 24 points, including 15 of the Bulls' last 18, and Inga Orekhova added 10 to lead host USF (3-0). The Bulls held the Braves to 28.2 percent shooting. "We knew Bradley was going to be a good basketball team," USF coach Jose Fernandez said. "You hold a team to 50 points and you're doing a great job defensively."

NO. 5 NOTRE DAME 93, MERCER 36: Natalie Achonwa scored a career-high 22 for the host Fighting Irish (3-0), who led 12-0 and cruised.

NO. 7 LOUISVILLE 94, UCF 73: Sara Hammond scored 15 to lead a balanced offense for the Cardinals (4-0), who routed the Knights (1-4) in the opener of the Hardwood Tournament of Hope in Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.

NO. 8 GEORGIA 94, SAVANNAH ST. 57: Andy Landers became the seventh Division I women's coach to reach 800 career victories as the host Bulldogs (5-0) romped. Landers is 800-268 in 34 seasons at Georgia.

NO. 15 TEXAS 80, JACKSON ST. 53: Nneka Enemkpali had 24 points and a career-high 20 rebounds for the host Longhorns (3-0).

NO. 16 OHIO ST. 70, ST. FRANCIS (PA.) 54: Tayler Hill scored 23 for the host Buckeyes (3-1), who pulled away in the second half.

NO. 21 OKLA. ST. 96, TEXAS-PAN AM 42: Liz Donohoe had 19 points to lead seven players in double figures for the host Cowgirls (4-0).

NO. 23 NEBRASKA 85, SAM HOUSTON ST. 72: Jordan Hooper had 19 points and 10 rebounds, and the host Cornhuskers (4-1) rebounded from their first loss.

Fast start lifts Butler past UNC 11/20/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 12:30am]
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