Nov. 20, 2012
There were seven A-10 teams in action Tuesday night, and Butler stole the show, beating No. 9 North Carolina by jumping out to an early lead and holding on as UNC rallied. Saint Joseph's beat a good Harvard team, and La Salle and Richmond also won.
Butler 82, North Carolina 71
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - Maybe North Carolina should have just gone to the beach. Butler is the team to beat in Maui.
Rotnei Clarke and Kellen Dunham each scored 17 points Tuesday night to lead the unranked Bulldogs past No. 9 UNC, jumping out to a 17-point halftime lead and holding back several second-half surges from the Tar Heels in the second round of the Maui Invitational.
The Tar Heels (4-1) missed their first three shots and never led.
One day after a buzzer-beater over Marquette, Butler (3-1) held North Carolina to 18 points in the first half. It was by far the worst output in a half for the Tar Heels so far this season.
P.J. Hairston led UNC with 15 points.
Richmond 64, Wofford 58
RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Kendall Anthony scored 24 points and Richmond withstood a late Wofford rally for a 64-58 nonconference victory Tuesday night.
The Spiders (4-1) led by just 26-24 at halftime, but opened the second half on a 10-0 run. Wofford (1-4) slowly chipped away at Richmond's lead, finally cutting it to two points when Karl Cochran hit a 3-pointer to draw the Terriers within 60-58 with 12 seconds left. But no closer.
Anthony got help from teammates Derrick Williams and Darien Brothers. Williams posted a double-double, scoring 10 points and pulling down 11 rebounds.
Cochran led Wofford in scoring with 17 points, including four treys on nine attempts from beyond the arc. Spencer Collins chipped in 13 points for the Terriers and Lee Skinner finished with 10 points and six rebounds.
Richmond had a decisive edge at the foul line, hitting 22 of 28 while Wofford was 10 for 16.
La Salle 64, Hartford 51
WEST HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) - Tyreek Duren netted 15 points to lead four La Salle players in double figures as the Explorers took down Hartford for a 64-51, nonconference victory on Tuesday night.
La Salle (2-1) got a double-double from Rohan Brown, who had 10 points and 12 rebounds. Jerrell Wright had 14 points and nine rebounds, while Ramon Galloway hit 3 of 4 3-point tries en route to 13 points.
The Explorers opened with a 16-4 lead, capped by a 3-pointer from Galloway exactly six minutes in. Hartford (1-3) came back with an 8-0 run to cut the lead to 16-12, but was outscored 24-10 before halftime and trailed 40-22 at the break.
La Salle was 60.9 percent (14 of 23) from the field in the first half, including 5-of-8 shooting from beyond the arc.
Mark Nwakamma hit a game-high 16 points for the Hawks.
Saint Joseph's 75, Harvard 56
PHILADELPHIA (AP) - Carl Jones scored 24 points and C.J. Aiken added 13 as Saint Joseph's (LI) defeated Harvard 75-56 on Tuesday night.
Wesley Sanders had 18 points and nine rebounds for Harvard (2-2), and Laurent Rivard had 15 points.
Jones made 8 of 11 shots from the field and handed out five assists. He scored 18 of his points in the first half as the Hawks (3-1) took control from the opening tip. St. Joseph's never trailed and led 13-3 in the first six minutes on a 3-pointer by Jones, one of four he made for the night.
The Hawks made a 14-4 run, led by two 3-pointers from Jones, and built a 27-9 lead with 8:33 to play and cruised to victory.
St. Joseph's forced 18 turnovers while committing only seven. The Hawks also held Harvard to 38 percent shooting from the field (19 of 50) while shooting 30 of 67.
No. 12 Kansas 73, Saint Louis 59
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jeff Withey matched a career high with 25 points, Travis Releford added 23 and No. 12 Kansas held off Saint Louis 73-59 on Tuesday night to win the CBE Classic.
Releford had 21 points in the first half, and Withey had 15 in the second, the inside-outside duo carrying the Jayhawks (4-1) despite every effort by the Billikens (2-2) and senior forward Cody Ellis to get back into the game in the waning minutes of the second half.
The Jayhawks improved to 16-4 all-time at the Sprint Center, the site of this season's Big 12 tournament, and where they'll play Oregon State in a nonconference game next week.
Ellis finished with 19 points for the Billikens. Mike McCall Jr. added 13 points, Cory Remekun had 10 points and Dwayne Evans pulled down a game-high 11 rebounds.
Fairfield 74, Fordham 71
BETHLEHEM, Pa. (AP) - Desmond Wade made a 3-pointer with 17 seconds left in the game to give Fairfield a 74-71 victory over Fordham on Tuesday in a consolation game of the NIT Season Kickoff tournament.
Wade scored 26 points for the Stags (3-2), and Amidou Sidibe had 10. Branden Frazier had 22 to lead for Fordham (1-4), Jeffrey Short scored 17 and Travion Leonard 10.
The Stags led 60-50 with 8:03 left, but Fordham (1-4) used a 16-7 run to cut it to 67-66 at 3:51. After Wade made a layup for a 69-66 advantage, Jeff Short's 3-pointer tied it for the first time in the second half 69-69 with 1:37 left.
Sidibe knocked down two free-throws for a 71-69 advantage for the Stags.
Fordham's Bryan Smith's layup tied it at 71-71 with 45 seconds left.
Frazier's 3-point shot to tie the game with 2 seconds left fell off the rim.
N. Dakota St. 57, Duquesne 43
PITTSBURGH (AP) - TrayVonn Wright scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead North Dakota State past Duquesne 57-43 Tuesday night.
North Dakota (4-1) scored the game's first nine points and opened on a 26-10 run.
Duquesne (1-3) shot just 24 percent (6 for 24) from the field in the first half, compared to the Bison shooting 41.9 percent (13 for 31). North Dakota led at halftime 34-19.
Andre Marhold scored the first five points for Duquesne to start the second half, cutting the deficit to 10, 34-24, but North Dakota State blew open the game scoring 15 straight points-nine of those points coming from Wright- to push the lead to 49-24.
Marshall Bjorklund scored 12 points, and Taylor Braun finished with 11 points and six assist for the Bison.
The Dukes failed to have a player score in double digits. Marhold led Duquesne with 9 points