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W. Va. wins on late FG

A buzzer-beater over Marquette wasn't what West Virginia coach Bob Huggins had in mind with a showdown looming at No. 4 Purdue.

Da'Sean Butler's 20-foot jumper with two seconds left lifted the sixth-ranked Mountaineers to a 63-62 victory over Marquette on Tuesday night in Morgantown, W.Va.

West Virginia (11-0, 2-0 Big East) overcame a five-point deficit in the final minute and its lowest point total of the season to improve to its best start since a Jerry West-led team won 14 straight to begin the 1957-58 season.

Butler fouled out of a blowout loss at Marquette last season but this time kept the Mountaineers in a game in which they trailed for most of the second half. He scored eight of his 17 points over the final 12 minutes.

His performance prompted Marquette coach Buzz Williams to call Butler "the best player in the league."

"Who do you have that can guard him?" Williams asked.

Huggins admitted his players were still tired from a 90-84 overtime win at Seton Hall on Saturday in which the Mountaineers blew a 10-point lead over the final minute of regulation.

"We're just not putting anybody away," Huggins said. "We were lucky."

This time, it was Marquette's turn to surrender a late lead.

Lazar Hayward paced Marquette with 24 points. His three-point play started a 10-5 run and Dwight Buycks' basket with 4:53 left gave Marquette its largest lead of the second half, 59-53.

Marquette (9-4, 0-1) had a 62-57 lead after a free throw by Darius Johnson-Odom with 1:02 left, but the Golden Eagles didn't score again.

After Johnson-Odom missed the front end of a 1-and-1, Devin Ebanks, who led West Virginia with 19 points, went the length of the court and dunked with 16 seconds left to pull the Mountaineers within 62-61.

Marquette's Jimmy Butler missed another 1-and-1 with 11 seconds left and the Mountaineers made him pay.

"We're second in the league in free throws," Williams said. "However, you have to be tough enough to make them."

Butler rebounded Butler's miss, dribbled the length of the court, turned around on the top right side of the key and buried a long jumper with his foot on the 3-point line, prompting a roar from the sellout crowd.

No. 2 Texas 95, Gardner-Webb 63

GARDNER-WEBB (3-8): Henley 0-4 0-0 0, MacMillan 3-10 1-3 7, Hailey 7-14 1-3 20, Silver 4-15 0-2 10, Staton 1-4 0-0 2, Brown 0-0 0-0 0, Flittner 4-8 1-2 12, Jackson 0-1 0-0 0, Maden 1-2 0-0 2, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, McNair 0-0 0-0 0, Moore 2-5 2-4 8, Engelken 1-4 0-0 2. Totals 23-67 5-14 63.

TEXAS (12-0): James 3-11 8-8 14, Pittman 7-8 1-2 15, Bradley 3-12 0-2 7, Balbay 3-6 0-0 6, Mason 4-9 0-0 8, Johnson 2-5 7-8 11, Lucas 5-7 0-1 15, Wangmene 2-2 0-0 4, Hill 1-2 0-0 2, Hamilton 0-0 0-0 0, Br own 4-13 0-0 9, Chapman 2-2 0-0 4. Totals 36-77 16-21 95.

Halftime—Texas 55-28. 3-Point Goals—Gardner-Webb 12-24 (Hailey 5-5, Flittner 3-7, Moore 2-3, Silver 2-7, Engelken 0-2), Texas 7-23 (Lucas 5-7, Bradley 1-4, Brown 1-8, Balbay 0-1, James 0-1, M ason 0-2). Fouled Out—Engelken. Rebounds—Gardner-Webb 38 (Silver 7), Texas 55 (James 13). Assists—Gardner-Webb 10 (Silver 4), Texas 16 (Mason 4). Total Fouls—Gardner-Webb 17, Texas 13. A—14,804.

No. 3 Kentucky 104, Hartford 61

HARTFORD (2-10): Barkers 0-3 0-0 0, Sabia 4-12 4-4 16, Burton 7-14 0-0 18, Torres 1-3 0-0 2, J.Zeglinski 7-16 1-1 19, White 1-4 0-0 2, Erickson 0-0 0-0 0, Z.Zeglinski 0-0 0-0 0, Baker 0-1 0-0 0, Bookman 0-0 0-0 0, Minor 0-0 0-0 0, Estes 2-2 0-0 4, Brothers 0-3 0-0 0. Totals 22-58 5-5 61.

KENTUCKY (14-0): Cousins 8-10 3-4 19, Patterson 5-8 1-3 11, Miller 6-8 0-0 16, Harris 2-2 2-3 7, Wall 4-8 0-0 9, Dodson 6-15 1-2 19, Hood 0-1 0-0 0, Krebs 1-3 0-0 3, Stevenson 2-2 1-2 5, Orton 5-6 0-0 10, Li ggins 1-2 0-0 3, Harrellson 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 41-68 8-14 104.

Halftime—Kentucky 57-31. 3-Point Goals—Hartford 12-29 (Burton 4-8, Sabia 4-8, J.Zeglinski 4-11, Baker 0-1, Brothers 0-1), Kentucky 14-28 (Dodson 6-10, Miller 4-6, Harris 1-1, Liggins 1-2, Kre bs 1-3, Wall 1-3, Cousins 0-1, Hood 0-1, Patterson 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Hartford 24 (Sabia 6), Kentucky 41 (Cousins 12). Assists—Hartford 13 (Sabia, J.Zeglinski 3), Kentucky 30 (Wall 16). Total Fouls—Hartford 14, Kentucky 7. Technical—Hartford Bench. A—24,340.

No. 4 Purdue 67, Iowa 56

PURDUE (12-0): Johnson 3-7 0-0 6, Moore 8-15 4-5 21, Kramer 2-4 0-0 4, Hummel 5-12 5-7 16, Grant 4-6 0-0 9, Barlow 1-2 0-0 2, Byrd 0-1 0-2 0, Smith 0-1 0-0 0, Wohlford 1-1 1-2 4, Bade 2-4 1-2 5. Totals 26-5 3 11-18 67.

IOWA (5-8): Fuller 6-11 2-2 15, Cole 4-7 1-1 9, Payne 2-11 2-2 6, Gatens 2-6 0-2 6, May 4-8 2-2 11, Bawinkel 1-2 0-0 3, Lickliter 2-2 1-2 6, Cougill 0-4 0-0 0. Totals 21-51 8-11 56.

Halftime—Iowa 27-26. 3-Point Goals—Purdue 4-11 (Grant 1-1, Wohlford 1-1, Moore 1-3, Hummel 1-4, Byrd 0-1, Smith 0-1), Iowa 6-16 (Gatens 2-3, Lickliter 1-1, Bawinkel 1-2, Fuller 1-3, May 1-4, Cougill 0-1, Payne 0-2). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Purdue 30 (Hummel 8), Iowa 34 (Fuller, May 8). Assists—Purdue 11 (Grant, Kramer, Moore 3), Iowa 11 (Payne 4). Total Fouls—Purdue 17, Iowa 18. A —12,468.

No. 6 W. Va. 63, Marquette 62

MARQUETTE (9-4): Fulce 0-1 0-0 0, Hayward 9-20 2-2 24, Butler 3-5 2-3 9, Cubillan 1-3 0-0 3, Buycks 2-5 3-4 7, Johnson-Odom 5-12 1-3 14, Acker 2-4 0-0 5, Mbao 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 22-50 8-12 62.

WEST VIRGINIA (11-0): Jones 8-13 0-0 18, Smith 0-6 0-0 0, Flowers 1-3 0-0 2, Butler 8-13 1-1 17, Ebanks 8-12 2-2 19, Thoroughman 0-0 0-0 0, Mazzulla 1-2 0-1 2, Bryant 1-3 0-0 2, Jennings 0-0 0-0 0, Mitchell 1-3 0 -0 3. Totals 28-55 3-4 63.

Halftime—Marquette 37-33. 3-Point Goals—Marquette 10-16 (Hayward 4-7, Johnson-Odom 3-4, Butler 1-1, Acker 1-1, Cubillan 1-3), West Virginia 4-8 (Jones 2-2, Ebanks 1-1, Mitchell 1-2, Smith 0-1 , Butler 0-1, Flowers 0-1). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Marquette 22 (Johnson-Odom 6), West Virginia 34 (Ebanks 8). Assists—Marquette 13 (Acker, Buycks 4), West Virginia 16 (Bryant, Ebanks 4). Total Fouls—Marquette 11, West Virginia 13. A—12,872.

No. 7 Duke 84, L. Beach St. 63

LONG BEACH ST. (6-7): Phelps 2-8 2-2 6, Robinson 4-12 2-2 10, Anderson 4-9 4-4 14, Ware 2-8 2-2 6, Gilling 3-7 0-0 9, Plater 5-10 0-0 13, Lazdauskas 0-1 0-0 0, King 0-0 0-0 0, Woodard 0-2 0-0 0, Richardson 0-0 0- 0 0, Fleming 2-4 1-3 5. Totals 22-61 11-13 63.

DUKE (10-1): Singler 5-12 1-2 14, Mi.Plumlee 1-3 0-0 2, Thomas 4-8 2-2 10, Smith 7-14 1-4 19, Scheyer 8-18 0-1 22, Ma.Plumlee 0-2 0-0 0, Dawkins 2-3 1-3 7, Kelly 0-3 0-0 0, Davidson 0-0 0-0 0, Johnson 0- 0 0-0 0, Zoubek 5-5 0-1 10. Totals 32-68 5-13 84.

Halftime—Duke 45-25. 3-Point Goals—Long Beach St. 8-17 (Plater 3-5, Gilling 3-6, Anderson 2-4, Ware 0-2), Duke 15-26 (Scheyer 6-12, Smith 4-6, Singler 3-5, Dawkins 2-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebo unds—Long Beach St. 36 (Robinson 9), Duke 44 (Zoubek 12). Assists—Long Beach St. 17 (Ware 6), Duke 20 (Scheyer, Smith 7). Total Fouls—Long Beach St. 16, Duke 14. A—9,314.

No. 16 Miss. 90, Jacksonville St. 75

JACKSONVILLE ST. (5-6): Hall 0-2 2-2 2, Murphy 2-8 4-4 8, Shellman 4-8 0-0 9, Bynum 6-13 2-2 16, Barnes 0-0 0-0 0, Strowbridge 3-10 4-4 11, Mbodji 3-4 1-1 7, Marshall 6-19 6-8 20, Thurston 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 25-66 19 -21 75.

MISSISSIPPI (11-2): Holloway 3-3 1-6 7, Warren 4-13 2-2 11, Polynice 2-13 4-4 9, White 11-18 0-0 29, Graham 4-11 4-5 14, Henry 1-1 0-0 3, Buckner 4-5 1-4 9, Gaskins 2-4 0-0 6, Riley 1-1 0-0 2, Cranston 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 32-69 12-21 90.

Halftime—Mississippi 42-36. 3-Point Goals—Jacksonville St. 6-16 (Bynum 2-4, Marshall 2-7, Shellman 1-1, Strowbridge 1-4), Mississippi 14-31 (White 7-10, Gaskins 2-4, Graham 2-7, Henry 1-1, Po lynice 1-2, Warren 1-7). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Jacksonville St. 38 (Bynum, Murphy 6), Mississippi 47 (Polynice 9). Assists—Jacksonville St. 14 (Hall 4), Mississippi 24 (Warren 8). Total Foul s—Jacksonville St. 17, Mississippi 16. A—4,531.

No. 21 Clemson 70, S. Carolina St. 67

S. CAROLINA ST. (6-4): Toombs 2-6 0-0 6, Flagler 6-9 4-4 16, Porter 6-10 4-5 19, Pitt 0-2 0-0 0, Bennett 1-4 0-0 3, Wright 0-0 0-0 0, T.Williams 4-7 0-0 9, A.Williams 6-8 0-0 12, Smalls 0-2 0-0 0, Telfare 1-4 0-0 2, Maxey 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 26-52 8-9 67.

CLEMSON (12-2): D.Booker 3-5 0-0 6, Stitt 4-8 4-4 13, Smith 3-6 3-3 9, Potter 2-5 0-1 5, T.Booker 4-8 4-10 12, Jennings 1-3 0-0 2, Johnson 5-9 0-0 13, Young 3-6 0-1 7, Grant 0-1 3-5 3. Totals 25-51 14-24 70.

Halftime—Clemson 41-30. 3-Point Goals—S. Carolina St. 7-15 (Porter 3-5, Toombs 2-3, Bennett 1-2, T.Williams 1-3, Telfare 0-1, Flagler 0-1), Clemson 6-16 (Johnson 3-5, Stitt 1-1, Potter 1-3, Y oung 1-4, Smith 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—S. Carolina St. 30 (A.Williams 6), Clemson 27 (T.Booker 8). Assists—S. Carolina St. 12 (Bennett 3), Clemson 12 (Johnson, Young 3). Total Fouls—S. Carolina St. 21, Clemson 13. A—8,589.

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