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College basketball

Butler holds on in Atlantic 10 debut

– New conference, same Butler.

Rotnei Clarke scored 28 points and Andrew Smith had 24 points and 10 rebounds to lead the No. 14 Bulldogs to a 72-66 win over Saint Joseph’s on Wednesday night.

The Bulldogs (13-2, 1-0 Atlantic 10) are no longer bullying their way over teams in the Horizon League. Butler made its A-10 debut one to remember, holding Saint Joseph’s without a field goal for a nine-minute stretch in the second half to rally for the win.

“New kids on the block,” coach Brad Stevens said. “It probably doesn’t help that we’re ranked, whatever that means. But it does add to the environment you play in.”

Chris Wilson scored 15 points, and Ronald Roberts Jr. had 12 points and nine rebounds for the Hawks (8-5, 0-1).

No. 2 MICHIGAN 62, NEBRASKA 47: In Ann Arbor, Mich., Glenn Robinson III had 14 points as the Wolverines (16-0, 3-0 Big Ten) equaled their best start to a season. Ray Gallegos scored 19 points for Nebraska (9-7, 0-3).

No. 3 LOUISVILLE 73, SETON HALL 58: In Newark, N.J., Gorgui Dieng had 16 points and 14 rebounds to lead the Cardinals (14-1, 2-0 Big East). Brandon Mobley had 18 points and seven rebounds for the Pirates (12-4, 1-2).

No. 6 KANSAS 97, IOWA STATE 89, OT: In Lawrence, Kan., freshman Ben McLemore had a career-high 33 points, including a tying three-pointer with a second left in regulation, as the Jayhawks (13-1, 1-0 Big 12) beat the Cyclones (10-4, 0-1).

No. 7 SYRACUSE 72, PROVIDENCE 66: In Providence, R.I., C.J. Fair scored 23 with 11 rebounds as the Orange (15-1, 3-0 Big East) won its fifth consecutive game. Bryce Cotton scored 24 for Providence (8-7, 0-3).

No. 8 MINNESOTA 84, No. 12 ILLINOIS 67: In Champaign, Ill., Joe Coleman scored 29 points and Andre Hollins added 19 to help the Gophers (15-1, 3-0 Big Ten) rout the Illini (14-3, 1-2). Brandon Paul led Illinois with 21 points.

No. 11 FLORIDA 77, GEORGIA 44: In Gainesville, Fla., Mike Rosario scored 19 points and Erik Murphy added 11 despite playing with a broken rib in the Gators’ (11-2) win over the Bulldogs (6-8).

No. 20 N.C. STATE 83, GEORGIA TECH 70: In Raleigh, N.C., Lorenzo Brown had 21 points and 10 assists to lead the Wolfpack (13-2, 2-0 ACC) past the Yellow Jackets (10-4, 0-2).

No. 23 WICHITA STATE 82, SOUTHERN ILLINOIS 76: In Wichita, Kan., Cleanthony Early’s 39 points sparked the Shockers (15-1, 4-0 Missouri Valley). Desmar Jackson scored 28 points for the Salukis (7-8, 0-4).

BALL STATE 60, EASTERN MICHIGAN 58: In Ypsilanti, Mich., Chris Bond made two free throws with 1 second left, lifting the Cardinals (7-6) in the MAC opener for both teams. Bond scored 18 points on 8-of-8 shooting for the Cardinals. Derek Thompson scored 16 points for the Eagles (7-8).

CORNERSTONE 74, INDIANA TECH 69: Wes Hudson scored 29 points on 10-of-16 shooting for Cornerstone (12-6) at the Schaefer Center. Indiana Tech (14-4) got 14 points apiece from Melvin Brooks, Jeff Hoskins and Jordan Hickman.

ADRIAN 56, TRINE 54: Cody Barnes’ 20-foot jumper with 7.8 seconds remaining at Adrian, Mich., won it. Adam Meier led Adrian (12-2) with 20 points. Trine (9-5) was paced by Scott Rogers’ 17 points.

DEFIANCE 72, MANCHESTER 54: In Defiance, Ohio, Logan Wolfrum had 22 points for the hosts (8-6). Manchester (4-10) was led by David House’s 16 points.


No. 1 BAYLOR 67, No. 25 IOWA STATE 39: In Waco, Texas, Brittney Griner scored 23 points as the Bears (13-1, 3-0) beat the Cyclones (11-2, 2-1).

No. 3 CONNECTICUT 75, GEORGETOWN 48: In Washington, Kelly Faris scored 15 points to lead UConn (13-1, 1-1) past the Hoyas (10-5, 1-1).

CORNERSTONE 66, INDIANA TECH 57: Robyn Veltkamp’s 30 points led Cornerstone (12-6) at the Schaefer Center. Indiana Tech (7-11) got 12 points from Chelsea Carradine.

SAINT MARY’S 59, TRINE 43: Ariana Paul scored 18 points and had 20 rebounds for Saint Mary’s (5-11) at Notre Dame. Trine (8-7) was paced by Sydney Spragg’s 10 points.

MANCHESTER 64, DEFIANCE 62: Katie Arterburn scored 15 at North Manchester for Manchester (6-8). Defiance (8-6) got 22 from Erica King.