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FINAL: Rotnei Clarke scored 27 points for Butler, but it was not enough as Illinois recorded a 78-61 victory Wednesday to win the Maui Invitational. Brandon Paul sparked Illinois (6-0), as he scored 22 points in the win. Tyler Griffey had a quality shooting game, nailing 4-of-5 shots from the field, and scored 14 points. The Fighting Illini hit 49 percent of their field goals (24-of-49), including 38 percent from downtown (10-of-26). The Fighting Illini also got double-digit games from Tracy Abrams, who scored 15 and D.J. Richardson, who scored 16.
HALFTIME: Rotnei Clarke’s been a spark for Butler, but the Bulldogs trail Illinois 39-28 at the break. In the first 20 minutes, Clarke scored 16 points and shot 6-of-11 from the field. The Fighting Illini never trailed in the first half and led by as many as 15 points. Brandon Paul paced the Illini with 12 points, while Tracy Abrams added nine and D.J. Richardson eight.
FINAL: Wichita State knocked off Iowa, 75-63, on Wednesday at Moon Palace Resort in Cancun. Trailing 35-30 with three seconds left in the first half, Wichita State (6-0) went on a 16-2 run to seize a nine-point advantage with 15:22 in the game. Cleanthony Early sparked the Shockers, as he scored 25 points and shot 7-of-13 from the field in the victory. Aaron White scored 14 points for Iowa (5-1), which shot just 26 percent from the field (12-of-46). Eric May added 13 points, Josh Oglesby 12 and Devyn Marble 11.
HALFTIME: Iowa leads Wichita State, 35-33, at halftime despite the Shockers getting 15 points from Cleanthony Early. An aggressive offense and the ability to get to the charity stripe (12-of-15) allowed the Hawkeyes to take a halftime lead. Iowa made it rain from long range, as well, shooting 88 percent (7-of-8) from deep. Iowa’s Josh Oglesby already has 12 points and Aaron White eight.
FINAL: No. 4 Michigan held off previously unbeaten Pittsburgh, 67-62, on Wednesday in the Preseason NIT at Madison Square Garden. Nik Stauskas sparked Michigan (4-0), as he contributed 15 points and hauled in five rebounds. The Wolverines, who hit 47 percent of their field goals (23-of-49), also got double-digit games from Trey Burke (17 points), Tim Hardaway Jr. (16) and Glenn Robinson III (13). Michigan went to the line 11 more times than the Panthers and made the most of its opportunities, shooting 18-of-22.
HALFTIME: Lamar Patterson has five points to lead Pittsburgh to a 33-29 lead over No. 4 Michigan at the end of the first half. The Wolverines led 25-24 when the Panthers went on a 9-0 run to take an eight-point lead. Michigan made 10 of 15 two-point shots in the first half, but shot 1-of-7 from beyond the arc. Michigan’s Trey Burke scored nine points in the first 20 minutes, while Nik Stauskas added seven.
FINAL: Nebraska took the lead with 2:00 remaining on a field goal by Andre Almeida and hung on for a 61-57 win over Tulane on Wednesday at Bob Devaney Sports Center in Lincoln. Tulane (3-2) struggled shooting the ball, finishing 39 percent (19-of-49) from the field. Ray Gallegos scored 17 points, went 5-of-8 from the field, and hit 5-of-7 three-pointers in the victory. The Cornhuskers shot 49 percent from the field (20-of-41). Nebraska was on fire from beyond the arc during the game, shooting 53 percent (10-of-19).
HALFTIME: Nebraska leads 33-28 over Tulane at the half thanks to a productive game so far from Brandon Ubel, who has nine points. Trailing early in the game, the Cornhuskers used a 7-0 run to blow past the Green Wave and take a 7-2 lead. Nebraska hit seven threes in the first half, shooting 70 percent from deep. Tulane’s Josh Davis had a big first half, with 10 points.
Andre Almeida one-handed dunk:
Benny Parker steal, acrobatic And-1:
FINAL: Purdue’s defense shut down North Carolina Wilmington, as the Boilermakers defeated the Seahawks 66-40 on Wednesday at Mackey Arena in West Lafayette. Purdue (2-3) held North Carolina Wilmington (1-3) to 33 percent shooting from the field. The Boilermakers got a spark from Terone Johnson, who poured in 19 points and 6-of-10 shooting from the field.
HALFTIME: Purdue came out strong with a 15-3 run in the first 4:23 of the half, but it needed a Terone Johnson 3-pointer at the buzzer to take a 29-28 halftime lead over UNC-Wilmington. The Seahawks trailed 26-18 when they broke out for a 10-0 run to overtake the Boilermakers and seize a two-point lead. Seven Purdue players have scored, paced by Johnson (10 points) and D.J. Byrd (6). Keith Rendleman leads UNC-Wilmington with 10 points.
Terone Johnson beats the first-half buzzer:
Check out this, um, awkward tie-up:
Jacob Lawson big-time swat:
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