Butler beats Washington for Top of the World Classic title

Posted: Monday, November 19, 2001

FAIRBANKS -- Darnell Archey hit a 3-point shot with 57 seconds left to give Butler its first lead of the second half and the Bulldogs defeated Washington 67-64 Sunday night to win the Top of the World Classic.

Butler (3-0, 0-0 Horizon) trailed by as much as 17 after a cold-shooting first half. Washington used a 14-0 run to lead 18-5 with five minutes gone in the first half. Butler shot 9 for 30, including 2 of 13 from 3-point range, for the period.

The Huskies (2-1, 0-0 Pac 12), who shot 14 of 21 in the first half, cooled off in the second. Trailing 55-38 with just over five minutes gone, Butler went on a 15-2 run to climb within four.

With 1:33 left, Miller hit a 3-point shot to tie the game at 62. Huskies center David Dixon scored after an offensive rebound to put Washington up 64-62 before Archey gave Butler the lead.

After a foul by Dixon with 15 seconds left, Rylan Hainje hit 1 of 2 free throws to put Butler up by three. Washington's Doug Wrenn missed a 3-pointer with four seconds left. Will Conroy ran down the rebound and missed with a desperation 3-pointer from well beyond the top of the key.

Thomas Jackson led Butler with 19 points, five rebounds and three assists. Hainje finished with 16 points.

Dixon led Washington with 15 points and 13 rebounds.

Bowling Green 73, Delaware 70

FAIRBANKS -- Keith McLeod hit two free throws to break a tie with 48 seconds left and Bowling Green defeated Delaware 73-70 Sunday for third place in the Top of the World Classic.

McLeod was the tournament's leading scorer with an average of 30.5 points through the first two rounds but scored only eight Sunday. His field goal with two minutes left gave the Falcons a 70-68 lead.

Delaware's Austen Rowland tied the score on a pair of free throws with 1:42 left. But after McLeod's free throws, Rowland missed a desperation 3-point shot as the shot clock expired.

Bowling Green's Brandon Pardon hit 1 of 2 free throws for the final margin. Delaware had a chance to tie but Mike Ames missed a long 3-pointer with two seconds remaining.

Radford 89, Alaska Fairbanks 50

FAIRBANKS -- Raymond Arrington scored 16 points and Radford defeated Alaska Fairbanks 89-50 Sunday night for seventh place in the Top of the World Classic.

Arrington hit 4 of 7 3-pointers and was one of five Highlanders in double figures.

Radford (1-2, 0-0 Big South) used a 21-6 run to extend a nine-point second-half lead to 61-37.

Division II Alaska Fairbanks (0-5, 0-0 Great Northwest) stayed close to the Highlanders in the first half until a press helped force the Nanooks into 11 turnovers. Alaska Fairbanks finished with 22 turnovers for the game.

Steve Early scored the first nine points for the Nanooks and finished with 16. Jason Williams was the only other Nanook in double figures with 10, all in the first half.

No. 12 Memphis 97, Northwestern St. 69

Dajuan Wagner scored 26 points, including 19 in the second half, as Memphis beat visiting Northwestern State.

It was the third straight game that Wagner, who once scored 100 points in a high school game, led the Tigers (3-0) in scoring. Wagner connected on 11-of-21 shots, including 4-of-7 from 3-point range.

Kelly Wise added 18 points and grabbed 11 rebounds for Memphis.

Melvin Roberts led the Demons (0-2) with 13 points.

No. 17 Boston College 82, Boston 65

Kenny Walls made five 3-pointers in the first half and finished with 21 points as Boston College earned a season-opening victory over crosstown rival Boston University.

They are less than 3 miles apart, and met for the first time since Jan. 30, 1981.

No. 21 Syracuse 103, Binghamton 56

Preston Shumpert tied a career high with 36 points, and DeShaun Williams added 15 in Syracuse's win over visiting Binghamton.

No. 22 Indiana 65, Charlotte 61

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Indiana didn't make a run in its comeback victory over Charlotte. It was more like a jog.

The Hoosiers stayed calm when they found themselves down by 12 in the second half, and chipped away at the lead. By the time George Leach tied it at 51 with a tomahawk dunk, it had taken the 22nd-ranked Hoosiers almost 10 minutes to come back.

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