Butler nips Hoosiers at buzzer

Posted: Sunday, December 30, 2001

INDIANAPOLIS -- Indiana's 39-game winning streak in the Hoosier Classic is history.

Butler forward Joel Cornette leaped over a crowded middle and slammed home the game-winner off a rebound to give the 23rd-ranked Bulldogs a 66-64 victory over Indiana in the Hoosier Classic championship game Saturday.

Butler (13-0), which played much of the second half without star forward Rylan Hainje, remained undefeated -- and protected its Top 25 ranking for the second straight night. Indiana (7-5) had never lost in the tournament's 20-year history.

Cornette finished with just eight points, but the final two were the biggest of the night. Thomas Jackson drove in for a layup but missed high off the glass and Cornette swooped in for the dunk and the victory. Indiana had one chance to tie or win the game, but never got a shot off.

Butler was led by Jackson's 14 points and Brandon Miller, who had 13 points. Jared Jeffries scored 18 points, 16 in the second half, to lead the Hoosiers.

No. 1 Duke 92, San Diego State 79

DURHAM, N.C. -- No. 1 Duke looked rusty after an 11-day layoff but got a career-high 25 points from Mike Dunleavy and 21 from Jason Williams to beat San Diego State.

The Blue Devils (11-0), whose last game was a 95-92 overtime win against Kentucky on Dec. 18, remained one of five undefeated teams in the country. Their 21-game winning streak dating to last season ties the school's fourth-longest mark.

No. 2 Kansas 93, Tulsa 85

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kirk Hinrich had two baskets and three crucial rebounds in the last few minutes after Tulsa erased a 15-point lead, and helped Kansas hold on for a victory.

The Jayhawks (10-1) held a seemingly comfortable 73-58 lead, but then went into a 1-for-12 shooting slump. When Charlie Davis worked around Drew Gooden for a basket, it capped a 24-9 run by Tulsa (9-2) and forged an 82-82 tie with 2:49 left.

No. 5 Oklahoma St. 82, Ball St. 70

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Maurice Baker scored 16 of his 22 points in the second half and keyed two late runs as Oklahoma State beat Ball State in the All-College Classic.

Victor Williams added 17 for the Cowboys (13-0), who had their hands full against Ball State (7-4).

No. 6 Kentucky 82, Louisville 62

LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Tayshaun Prince scored 18 points, and Keith Bogans added 17 as the Wildcats easily beat former coach Rick Pitino's new team in his return to Rupp Arena.

Gerald Fitch and Marquis Estill added 10 points each as the Wildcats (8-2) beat the Cardinals for the third straight year.

No. 7 Illinois 87, Loyola-Chicago 72

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Frank Williams made 4-of-9 3-pointers and scored 25 points as short-handed Illinois beat Loyola of Chicago.

The No. 7 Illini (11-2), who played without starting center Robert Archibald and top reserve Damir Krupalija, led by just three with 8:56 left but outscored Loyola (5-5) 29-17 down the stretch to seal the win.

DePaul 63, No. 10 Missouri 62

CHICAGO -- Andre Brown scored 18 points, and DePaul sent Missouri to its third straight loss.

Missouri (9-3) shot 33 percent, and star Kareem Rush was just 5-of-18 while scoring 15 points. Arthur Johnson led the Tigers with a career-high 20 points and also had 18 rebounds.

No. 15 UCLA 98, No. 20 Georgetown 91

LOS ANGELES -- Billy Knight led five players in double figures with 20 points, and the Bruins withstood a big rally in the final 1 1/2 minutes for their seventh consecutive victory.

Matt Barnes scored 19 points, T.J. Cummings and Dan Gadzuric had 18 each, and Jason Kapono added 16 as the Bruins shot 52 percent.

No. 16 Stanford 75, No. 13 Michigan State 64

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Curtis Borchardt scored a career-high 27 points as Stanford beat Michigan State in the Pete Newell Challenge.

Borchardt added 10 rebounds and matched his own school record with six blocked shots as Stanford (7-2) won for the fourth time in five games. Julius Barnes also had a career-high 19 points.

No. 12 Oklahoma 97, Texas Southern 55

OKLAHOMA CITY -- Ebi Ere and Jason Detrick each scored 20 points and Oklahoma beat Texas Southern in the All-College Classic.

The Sooners (10-1) used an 18-0 run during a 4 1/2-minute span to take a 23-4 lead, then coasted the rest of the way in winning their ninth straight.

No. 17 Cincinnati 73, Akron 57

CLEVELAND -- Freshman Jason Maxiell scored 16 points, and Steve Logan 15 as the Bearcats (12-1) won their 12th straight game.

Maxiell played just 20 minutes but reached his season high in points on 8-of-9 shooting, including five ferocious dunks.

It was a homecoming for Cincinnati coach Bob Huggins, who faced Akron for the first time since leaving the school to take the Bearcats' job in 1989. Huggins turned around the Zips' program, taking Akron to the NCAA tournament in 1986 -- its only appearance.

No. 22 Gonzaga 79, Monmouth 54

WEST LONG BRANCH, N.J. -- Anthony Reason and Dan Dickau combined for the first 14 points of Gonzaga's opening 21-3 run.

Gonzaga (11-2) was playing in the Northeast for the first time since 1993, and the time change didn't rattle the Bulldogs at all as they won their eighth straight game.

Reason scored Gonzaga's first six points of the game, Dickau hit consecutive 3s, and Reason scored on a rebound dunk as the Bulldogs went up 14-3 in the opening 4 1/2 minutes. They added a 7-0 run and were up 21-3 with 11:28 left in the half.

No. 25 Wake Forest 64, No. 19 Marquette 59

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Broderick Hicks scored 14 points, Josh Howard came up with a pivotal block, and Craig Dawson made two late free throws for the Demon Deacons (9-3).

Wake Forest squandered a 19-point second-half lead, but held on to win its 22nd straight nonconference home game.

Marquette has lost two straight games after opening the year 10-0. Its seven-game streak of scoring at least 70 points ended.



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