Wednesday's roundup: Cold-shooting Butler tops North Carolina
Paradise Island, Bahamas — Butler's shooting numbers were awful. And it didn't matter.
The Bulldogs did more than enough to take down the No. 5 Tar Heels.
Alex Barlow and Kelan Martin each scored 17, and Butler grabbed 29 offensive rebounds to hold on to upset North Carolina, 74-66, on Wednesday in the opening game of the Battle 4 Atlantis.
"This is a proud program with tremendous heritage and we're trying to do the very best with what's in front of us," Butler coach Chris Holtmann said.
The Bulldogs shot 31 percent, including 7 percent in the final 8 minutes, missing open shots from near and far all afternoon.
"I know our guys would have loved to make shots," Holtmann said.
Kameron Woods had 13 rebounds and Roosevelt Jones scored 12 for the Bulldogs (4-0), who topped the Tar Heels for the second straight time. Butler beat North Carolina at the Maui Invitational in 2012.
A 16-4 run over a 5½-minute second-half stretch was key for Butler, turning a 43-41 lead into a 59-45 cushion.
Marcus Paige shook off a slow start and scored 18 for North Carolina (3-1). Brice Johnson added 11.
"They outplayed us and definitely outcoached us," Tar Heels coach Roy Williams said.
No. 2 Wisconsin 72, Alabama-Birmingham 43: Frank Kaminsky had 16 points and eight rebounds, Duje Dukan scored 11 points and Wisconsin had no trouble in the Battle 4 Atlantis quarterfinals at Paradise Island, Bahamas. Josh Gasser added 10 points to help the Badgers (5-0) win their 21st straight regular-season nonconference game. Wisconsin held UAB to 35 percent shooting, and is now giving up 46.6 points per game this season. Robert Brown scored 16 points for UAB (2-3), which never led. Brown scored UAB's first 11 points and was the only Blazer to record a field goal in the first 19:59.
(At) No. 16 Ohio State 91, Campbell 64: Marc Loving scored a career-high 18 points and Ohio State again shot well from the field. D'Angelo Russell led the Buckeyes (4-0) with 22 points, while Shannon Scott and Sam Thompson each had 11 and Amir Williams, back after missing a game with a sore knee, had 10. Williams had a perfect night, making all three of his shots from the field and all four free throws. Quinton Ryan had 17 points and D.J. Mason 10 for the Fighting Camels (1-3), who have lost three in a row since beating Barber-Scotia in their opener.
Purdue 87, Brigham Young 85 (OT): A.J. Hammons hit a jump-hook with 1.8 seconds left in overtime in the fifth-place game of the Maui Invitational at Lahaina, Hawaii. BYU (4-2) tied the score with 14 seconds left when Kyle Collinsworth hit two free throws after being fouled by Jon Octeus on a drive to the basket. The Boilermakers (5-1) brought the ball up without calling timeout and worked the ball into Hammons on the right block. He faked baseline, then turned toward the middle, rattling home the hook.
St. John's 70, Minnesota 61: D'Angelo Harrison had a key four-point play and finished with 19 points and five steals to help St. John's beat Minnesota 70-61 at New York in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals. Harrison converted the four-point play with 2:23 left to give St. John's a 65-59 lead. He saved a loose ball before diving out of bounds, then drifted to the right corner and was fouled on a 3-pointer. Rysheed Jordan added 18 points and eight rebounds for St. John's (4-0). Nate Mason led Minnesota (3-2) with 15 points.
(At) Iowa 70, Northern Illinois 49: Aaron White and Anthony Clemmons each scored 14, while Adam Woodbury had 12 points and six rebounds for the Hawkeyes (4-2). Gabriel Olaseni added 10 points, five rebounds and four blocks in 20 minutes. Aaric Armstead scored 13 points on 4-of-11 shooting to lead Northern Illinois (2-1). Jordan Threloff added nine points and 11 rebounds.
Northern Iowa 61, Northwestern 42: Seth Tuttle scored 19 and Northern Iowa claimed the Cancun (Mexico) Challenge championship. Nate Buss added 11 points, including three 3-pointers, as the Panthers (6-0) posted their 11th win all-time against a Big Ten team. Northwestern (5-1) took an 18-14 lead at 10:14 of the first half after a layup and 3-pointer by Alex Olah, but Northern Iowa went on a 17-2 run to close the half, including a pair of 3-pointers by Buss, to lead 31-20 at the break. The Panthers were 14 of 24 (58 percent) from the floor before intermission and 48 percent overall.
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No. 3 Arizona 61, No. 15 San Diego St. 59: Stanley Johnson had 18 points and nine rebounds, helping Arizona (6-0) gut out a victory over San Diego State (5-1) for its second Maui Invitational title.
No. 4 Duke 93, Furman 54: Freshman Jahlil Okafor had a season-high 24 points and Duke (6-0) routed Furman (1-3).
No. 6 Louisville 45, Cleveland State 33: Montrezl Harrell had 15 points and 13 rebounds and Louisville (5-0) beat Cleveland State (2-3) for coach Rick Pitino's 700th college victory.
No. 10 Gonzaga 88, Georgia 76: Kyle Wiltjer scored a career-high 32 points and Gonzaga (5-0) beat Georgia (3-2) in the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals. The Bulldogs will play St. John's in the championship game Friday. St. John's beat Minnesota 70-61 in the first semifinal.
Georgetown 66, No. 18 Florida 65, OT: D'Vauntes Smith-Rivera (17 points) made a jumper with 3.4 seconds left in overtime to give Georgetown (4-0) a victory over Florida (2-2) in the Battle 4 Atlantis on Paradise Island, Bahamas.
No. 21 West Virginia 103, VMI 72: Freshman reserve Jevon Carter scored 28 points and West Virginia (6-0) forced a school-record 36 turnovers in a win over VMI (2-3).
Oklahoma 75, No. 22 UCLA 65: At the Bahamas, Buddy Hield had 24 points for the Sooners (3-1). The Bruins lost for the first time and are 4-1.
(At) Eastern Michigan 68, Rochester College 35: Karrington Ward scored 14 points and Eastern Michigan's defense dominated. The Eagles (6-0) limited the NAIA Warriors (5-4) to 22.4 percent shooting.
Georgia State 83, (at) Oakland 78: R.J. Hunter scored 29 points as Georgia State held off a late Oakland surge in the CBE Hall of Fame Classic. Georgia State led by 13 in the second half, but Kahlil Felder scored Oakland's final eight to make it a one-possession game late. Felder made three consecutive layups for Oakland, the last to bring them within 81-76 with 1:04 left. Georgia State wound down the clock, but Kevin Ware missed a layup and Felder made two free throws on the other end to get within 81-78. Hunter made an easy layup with 19 seconds left, Felder missed a layup and Georgia State ran out the clock. Markus Crider added 17, Ware 15 and Ryan Harrow 14 for Georgia State (4-2). Max Hooper led Oakland (1-5) with 21 points and Felder had 18.
Wisconsin-Whitewater 84, Alma 71: At The Palace, Jason Beckman had 16 points for Alma (0-5). Wisconsin-Whitewater is 4-1.
(At) Michigan State 79, Oakland 64: Aerial Powers scored 24 and Tori Jankoska 19 for Michigan State (3-1). Olivia Nash scored 17 for Oakland (1-3).