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FSU rally comes up short vs. Butler

HONOLULU — Florida State preseason All-American Chris Singleton scored 28 with nine rebounds, but Butler held off the Seminoles 67-64 in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic on Thursday night.

Matt Howard led Butler with 19 points and nine rebounds. The Bulldogs (8-4) advance to face Washington State, which upset No. 15 Baylor earlier, in the championship game Saturday.

FSU (10-3) will play Baylor in a consolation game at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on ESPN2.

Singleton was 6-for-12 on 3-pointers, but he didn't get as much help Thursday as the night before. After trailing by eight with 2 minutes to play, twice the Seminoles cut it to four, but Butler hit six free throws in the final 39 seconds.

Late Wednesday, Derwin Kitchen scored 20 and former Clearwater High star Okaro White hit four 3-pointers to add 19 points as Florida State beat Hawaii 70-62 in an opening-round game.

FSU won despite shooting 32.3 percent from the field against the Warriors (7-3). Singleton grabbed 12 rebounds for FSU, which scored 25 points off 23 Hawaii turnovers and held a 48-33 rebounding advantage.

Hawaii, which trailed 33-25 at halftime, cut the Seminoles' lead to 39-35 with 14:18 to play following Zane Johnson's 3-pointer. But White scored the next five points, sparking a 9-0 FSU run.

Wash. St. 77, No. 15 Baylor 71: Klay Thompson scored 20, including two key 3-pointers down the stretch, and the Cougars (10-1) held on to upset the Bears (8-2) in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic. Washington State advances to Saturday's championship game against Butler.

No. 2 Ohio St. 92, Oak. 63:Deshaun Thomas scored 17 and five teammates also hit double figures for the Buckeyes (12-0), who are off to their best start in coach Thad Matta's seven years. The Buckeyes started 11-0 in Matta's second season in 2005-6, ending up 26-6. They are 89-17 in nonconference games under him.

No. 10 G'town 86, No. 16 Memphis 69: Austin Freeman scored 24 and the Hoyas (11-1) pulled away from the host Tigers (9-2) in the second half. Freeman was 9 of 12 from the field, including 20-for-3 from 3-point range as the Hoyas won their third straight. Will Barton scored 18 for the Tigers.

No. 11 Kansas St. 80, UMKC 64: Rodney McGruder, doing his best to make up for Jacob Pullen's absence, hit seven 3-pointers and scored a career-high 24 for the host Wildcats (10-3). Pullen, the Wildcats' captain and preseason All-American, was ordered to sit out three games for receiving impermissible benefits.

No. 17 Minn. 85, S. Dakota St. 73: Colton Iverson scored 15 and the host Gophers (11-1) held on for their fifth straight win.

No. 19 Tenn. 66, Belmont 65: Scotty Hopson scored 19 and drove the lane for a go-ahead layup with 5.7 seconds left as the host Vols (8-3) edged Bruins to end a three-game skid.

No. 23 BYU 89, UTEP 68: Jimmer Fredette scored 25 and Jackson Emery added 23 on 6-of-9 shooting from 3-point range and the host Cougars (12-1) ended the Miners' six-game winning streak.


Miami 69, Akron 61: Reggie Johnson scored 21 and pulled down 12 rebounds to lead the Hurricanes (10-3) past the Zips in the final round of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic. Miami went 4-0 in the event. Johnson, who had his seventh double double of the season, ended a 16-0 run by Akron with a dunk with 4:51 left that caused the clock above the basket to shut down.

Ark.-Little Rock 75, Stetson 50: Solomon Bozeman scored 16 points as the Trojans beat the Hatters in the final round of the Las Vegas Holiday Hoops Classic. Jermol Paul scored 11 for the Hatters (3-9), who went 0-4 in Vegas.

FSU rally comes up short vs. Butler 12/23/10 [Last modified: Friday, December 24, 2010 12:32am]
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