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St. Louis upsets No. 9 Butler to reward rare sellout

St. Louis’ Dwayne Evans, left, celebrates a 75-58 victory over No. 9 Butler as Chase Stigall walks away.

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St. Louis’ Dwayne Evans, left, celebrates a 75-58 victory over No. 9 Butler as Chase Stigall walks away.

ST. LOUIS — Jordair Jett matched his career best with 19 points and St. Louis pressured No. 9 Butler into a season-worst 23 turnovers, recording the program's biggest upset in nine years with a 75-58 victory Thursday night that had fans storming the court to celebrate.

Dwayne Evans added 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting for the Billikens (15-5, 4-2 Atlantic 10), who fed off just the fourth sellout (10,612) at 5-year-old Chaifetz Arena and led by double digits most of the game.

Rotnei Clarke had 17 points for Butler (17-4, 4-2) but also had five turnovers. The Bulldogs have lost four games, three by 15 or more.

Butler is the highest-ranked opponent to play at St. Louis, led by interim coach Jim Crews with a roster assembled by the late Rick Majerus, since No. 2 North Carolina in 2006-07. The Bulldogs are St. Louis' biggest victim since a one-point upset over No. 2 Louisville on Feb. 12, 2003 at the Scottrade Center.

Butler committed 16 turnovers in the first half, two shy of its season high, and fell behind 34-23.

On its first 29 possessions, Butler had six baskets and 16 turnovers. Down 17 late in the half, the Bulldogs woke up with nine points in a stretch of 1:07.

No. 8 Arizona 57, Wash. 53: Nick Johnson scored five of his 15 points in the final two minutes, and the visiting Wildcats (18-2, 6-2 Pac-12) remained one game behind Oregon at the top of the league standings. Arizona trailed 48-46 with 4:34 left after C.J. Wilcox hit Washington's first 3-pointer of the game. The Wildcats then closed on an 11-5 run.

NO. 13 mich. st 80, illinois 75: Keith Appling led a pivotal run early in the second half and finished with 24 points and seven assists for the Spartans (18-4, 7-2 Big Ten). MSU scored the first 14 of the second half to take its first lead. The Fighting Illini (15-7, 2-6) lost for the fifth time in six games. The Spartans started the game without senior center Derrick Nix, finished it without sophomore guard Travis Trice and played much of the second half without freshman guard Gary Harris. Nix didn't start because coach Tom Izzo said the captain missed one class and one meeting with a tutor. He entered midway through the first half. Trice, a key guard off the bench, was limited to 11 minutes in the first half because of a blow to the head. Harris, a starter, went to the locker room midway through the second half with back spasms and returned to the bench but not the game. Harris said he was all right.

UConn 82, providence 79, ot: Ryan Boatright scored 19 and Shabazz Napier had 18, including eight in overtime, to lead the visiting Huskies (14-5, 4-3 Big East). The Friars shot 33.8 percent (22-of-65).

JIMMY v record: ESPN said the sixth annual Jimmy V Week for Cancer Research set a fundraising record by generating nearly $1.6 million, surpassing 2011's $1.3 million. In six years, Jimmy V Week has generated $6.8 million for the V Foundation for Cancer Research, founded in 1993 by ESPN and Jim Valvano, the NCAA-winning coach who died of cancer in April 1993.

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NO. 11 unc 72, no. 20 fsu 62: The host Tar Heels (20-2, 8-1 ACC) lost a 19-point first-half lead, then pulled away late in the game to topple the Seminoles (17-4, 7-3) and give coach Sylvia Hatchell her 899th win. "They did what they do in the first half, and we did what we do in the second half," FSU coach Sue Semrau said. "Credit North Carolina for their toughness." FSU shot 33 percent in the first half and committed 14 turnovers. In the second half FSU shot 42 percent and committed four turnovers.

No. 5 Duke 82, Miami 43: Tricia Liston scored 17 and the host Blue Devils (19-1, 9-0 ACC) went on a 20-0 run early in the second half. Krystal Saunders scored 15 for the Hurricanes (14-7, 5-5).

Wis. 63, No. 7 Penn State 61: Morgan Paige scored a career-high 33 and the host Badgers (10-11, 2-6 Big Ten) upset the Nittany Lions (17-3, 7-1) on Tiera Stephens' putback with five seconds left. Two weeks ago Penn State beat Wisconsin 84-40.

No. 9 Tenn. 88, Miss. State 45: Kamiko Williams had 10 points and a career-high 13 rebounds in her first start of the season for the host Vols (17-4, 8-0 SEC), who are 34-0 all time against the Bulldogs. Williams started at guard in place of center Isabelle Harrison, who has left knee surgery scheduled today.

No. 13 Georgia 65, 'bama 59: The host Bulldogs (18-3, 6-2 SEC) won for the 850th time in program history, the 10th Division I school to reach the mark.

No. 14 Purdue 59, Indiana 42: Sam Ostarello had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the host Boilermakers (18-3, 7-1 Big Ten).

No. 16 Texas A&M 60, VandY 52: Courtney Walker scored 20 as the host Aggies (17-5, 7-1) tied Kentucky for second in the SEC.

Illinois 74, No. 24 Iowa 62: Karisma Penn scored 18 and the Illini (12-8, 5-3 Big Ten) closed with a 14-2 run over the final 5:11. Illinois' last victory over the Hawkeyes (16-6, 5-3) in Champaign was Feb. 9, 2003.

No. 25 Del. 70, Georgia St. 38: Elena Delle Donne scored 25 and the visiting Blue Hens (17-3, 8-0 Colonial Athletic Association) won their 27th straight regular-season conference game.

Missouri 69, uf 64: For the most part, the visiting Gators (13-9, 2-6 SEC) contained a potent 3-point attack, allowing seven 3s. But the Tigers (14-8, 3-5) outscored Florida 30-22 in the paint and handed the Gators their fifth consecutive loss. UF's Jennifer George scored 11 of her team-high 13 in the second half.

St. Louis upsets No. 9 Butler to reward rare sellout 01/31/13 [Last modified: Friday, February 1, 2013 12:12am]
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