NCAA Game Summary - Butler vs. North Carolina|
(Tuesday, November 20th)
Final Score: Butler 82, (9) North Carolina 71
Maui, HI (Sports Network) - Rotnei Clarke and Kellen Dunham each posted 17
points as Butler toppled No. 9 North Carolina by an 82-71 count in the
semifinal round of the Maui Invitational.
Andrew Smith netted 13 and Khyle Marshall contributed 10 points and 11
rebounds for the Bulldogs (3-1), who continued their surprising run through
the tourney and will square off against Illinois in Wednesday's final.
P.J. Hairston totaled 15 points and seven boards for the Tar Heels (4-1), who
had beaten Mississippi State on Monday. Reggie Bullock and Marcus Paige picked
up 13 points apiece in defeat.
UNC trailed by as many as 28 points with just over 11 minutes remaining, but
managed to climb to within 77-71 with 1:02 to play thanks to a triple from
Paige which ended a 17-4 run.
Forced to foul down the stretch, the gambit backfired. Jackson Aldridge hit 1-
of-2 from the line, Chase Stigall made 3-of-4 free throws and then Marshall
ended with 1-of-2 to account for the final margin.
Butler scored 10 of the game's first 12 points, then assumed a 21-7 lead just
past the midway point of the first half after Erik Fromm's layup.
Leslie McDonald's trey and a James McAdoo bucket helped the Tar Heels get
within nine, but that's as far as Butler allowed. Dunham sank a triple, then
Roosevelt Jones hit a jumper for a 14-point edge, and the Bulldogs went to the
break up 35-18 after Clarke connected on all of his free throws after being
fouled from beyond the arc.
Butler's lead grew to 47-24 inside of four minutes played in the second half
after another Dunham trey and the rout appeared to be on when Marshall's slam
made it 62-34 with 11:18 to play.
North Carolina had won the previous two meetings, scoring over 100 points each
time (12/20/92 103-56; 1/24/94 104-64) ... Dunham finished 5-of-9 from long
range, part of a 5-for-10 performance from the field ... The Bulldogs shot
47.2 percent and held the Tar Heels to 42.9 percent efficiency which included
32 percent in the first 20 minutes.
11/20 23:31:54 ET