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Top 25 men’s college basketball roundup

Minnesota’s defense stifles Butler

November 27, 2009


No. 22 Minnesota 82, No. 12 Butler 73

Anaheim, Calif. — Damian Johnson had 18 points and Minnesota earned its first win away from home this season, beating Butler on Thursday in the first round of the 76 Classic.

The Golden Gophers (4-0) held off the Bulldogs by making five three-pointers in the final 8 minutes.

Colton Iverson finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds for the Gophers, who converted 12 of 18 free throws in the last 3 minutes.

Matt Howard shot 15 of 18 on free throws and paced Butler (3-1) with 23 points before fouling out with 2:29 left. Shelvin Mack added 20 points and six rebounds.

Butler beat six of the previous seven Big Ten teams it played, but struggled to score against Minnesota’s stifling defense. The Bulldogs committed a season-high 21 turnovers and shot 33 percent from the field.

No. 8 West Virginia 85, Long Beach State 62

Anaheim, Calif. — Casey Mitchell scored a career-high 18 points and West Virginia routed Long Beach State in the first round of the 76 Classic.

The Mountaineers (3-0) led the entire game in the first meeting ever between the two schools.

Greg Plater and Stephan Gilling each had 14 points for Long Beach State (3-2), which was trying for its first win against a ranked team since 1994.

West Virginia forward Da’Sean Butler, who had nine points in the first half, finished with 13.

No. 15 Michigan 83, Creighton 76, OT

Orlando, Fla. — Manny Harris had 20 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds to lead Michigan over Creighton at the Old Spice Classic.

Harris had a three-point play and added a dunk as Michigan went up 76-73 with three minutes left in the extra session. He picked up an assist on Zack Novak’s three-pointer that made it 79-73.

Creighton trailed 74-73 at the two-minute mark of overtime on Antoine Young’s basket.

After Harris made two free throws with 5.7 seconds left to put Michigan up 69-67, Young forced overtime on a last-second layup.

Laval Lucas-Perry scored 18 and DeShawn Sims added 16 for Michigan (3-0).


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