Butler 82, No. 9 North Carolina 71
Maybe North Carolina should have just gone to the beach in Lahaina, Hawaii. Butler is the team to beat in Maui.
Rotnei Clarke and Kellen Dunham each scored 17 points 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.
No. 7 Florida 58, Savannah State 40
Mike Rosario scored 13 points, Patric Young added a double-double and host Florida 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.
Boynton sprained his left ankle when the landed on an opponent’s foot while driving to the basket. He went to the locker room, returned to the bench a few minutes later and then left for good with 7:47 remaining. The Gators next play Friday against Central Florida.
Rashad Hassan and Cedric Smith led Savannah State (3-3) with 11 points apiece.
No. 11 UCLA 60, Georgia 56
Shabazz Muhammad scored 20 points and UCLA made enough free throws late to hold off Georgia in the consolation game of the Legends Classic tournament in New York City.
In the final minutes of a mostly dreary game, UCLA (4-1) took the lead with Muhammad on the bench, on baskets by Travis Wear and Jordan Adams, but the hyped freshman re-entered with 1:58 left to play.
He made two free throws with 1:15 left, then scooped up a loose ball on the other end with a minute remaining and fed Norman Powell, who was fouled attempting a layup.
Wear finished with 10 points and eight rebounds for UCLA, and Kyle Anderson had nine rebounds and nine points.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Bulldogs (1-4) with 16 points and had eight rebounds.
No. 12 Kansas 73, Saint Louis 59
Jeff Withey matched a career high with 25 points, Travis Releford added 23 and Kansas held off Saint Louis to win the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo.
Releford had 21 points in the first half, and Withey had 15 in the second, the inside-outside players 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
Doug McDermott and Gregory Echenique scored 17 points apiece to lead four Creighton players in double figures, and the host Bluejays defeated Longwood. Ethan Wragge and Will Artino each added 13 points for the Bluejays (4-0), who have won all their games this season by at least 20 points.
Jeylani Dublin had 19 points and Tristan Carey 14 for Longwood (0-4), which has been outscored by an average of 38 points per game.
No. 15 Michigan State 74, Boise State 70
Guard Keith Appling scored 22 points and handed out seven assists to lead the host Michigan State Spartans (3-1) over Boise State (3-1).
Boise State took a 61-56 lead with 8:58 to play, but Michigan State went on a 10-1 run to gain the lead.
No. 22 Cincinnati 91, Campbell 72
Cashmere Wright scored a career-high 28 points and host Cincinnati remained undefeated with an easy win over Campbell (2-3) 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).
Scoring record falls
Jack Taylor scored 138 points to shatter the NCAA scoring record in Division III Grinnell’s 179-104 victory over Faith Baptist Bible in Grinnell, Iowa. Taylor made 27-of-71 3-point attempts, was 52-of-108 overall from the field and added 7-of-10 free throws.