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  • Butler knocks off No. 9 Tar Heels

  • LAHAINA, Hawaii — Maybe North Carolina should have just gone to the beach. Butler is the team to beat in Maui.
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  • 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 each scored 17 points to lead the unranked Bulldogs to an 82-71 win over No. 9 North Carolina, 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.
    No. 1 Indiana 82, Georgetown 72
    At New York, a night after an ineffective game, Cody Zeller had 17 points and eight rebounds to lead Indiana to an overtime win against Georgetown in the title game of the Legends Classic tournament.
    Jordan Hulls had 17 points for Indiana (5-0) and Yogi Ferrell had 14, including seven in overtime. His last points came on a 3-pointer he released just before the shot clock ran out, giving Indiana a 10-point lead with about a minute to go and, finally, clinching a game Indiana almost had wrapped up in regulation.
    No. 7 Florida 58,Savannah State 40
    At Gainesville, Fla., Mike Rosario scored 13 points, Patric Young added a double-double and the Gators overwhelmed Savannah State.
    Young finished with 13 points, 11 rebounds and a career-high six blocks. It was his second double-double in four games, Erik Murphy chipped in 10 points for the Gators (4-0), who played the final 13-plus minutes without leading scorer Kenny Boynton.
    No. 12 Kansas 73, Saint Louis 59
    At Kansas City, Mo., Jeff Withey matched a career high with 25 points, Travis Releford added 23 and the Jayhawks held off Saint Louis 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.
    No. 14 Creighton 105,Longwood 57
    At Omaha, Neb., Doug McDermott and Gregory Echenique scored 17 points apiece to lead four Creighton players in double figures, and the 14th-ranked Bluejays defeated Longwood.
    No. 15 Michigan State 74,Boise State 70
    At East Lansing, Mich., Keith Appling scored 22 points while Branden Dawson and Denzel Valentine made key contributions to help slow-starting Michigan State rally twice to beat the Broncos.
    Appling was 8-for-14 from the field and delivered the critical three-point play in the final minute.
    Valentine had 12 points in his first career start, while Dawson added 10 points, five rebounds and three steals for the No. 15 Spartans (3-1), who suffered a major blow for at least one night when high-scoring freshman Gary Harris suffered a shoulder injury in the opening minute.
    No. 22 Cincinnati 91, Campbell 72
    At Cincinnati, Cashmere Wright scored a career-high 28 points and the Bearcats remained undefeated with a win over Campbell in the Global Sports Invitational.
    Jaquon Parker set a season high with 21 points, and Sean Kilpatrick added 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Bearcats (4-0).
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