- The Washington Times - Friday, November 27, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 22 MINNESOTA 82, No. 12 BUTLER 73: Damian Johnson had 18 points, and the Golden Gophers earned their first win away from home this season, beating the Bulldogs on Thursday in the first round of the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif.

The Golden Gophers (4-0) held off the Bulldogs by making five 3-pointers in the final eight minutes.

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

Matt Howard shot 15-for-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 W. VIRGINIA 85, LONG BEACH ST. 62: Casey Mitchell scored a career-high 18 points, and the Mountaineers (3-0) routed the 49ers (3-2) in the first round of the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif.

West Virginia led the entire game in the first meeting 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.

The Mountaineers made 12 of 24 3-pointers and shot 51.8 percent from the field; the 49ers committed 22 turnovers and shot 41.9 percent.

Mitchell, last year’s junior college national player of the year, had nine points in the first half and made four 3-pointers.

West Virginia star sophomore forward Devin Ebanks missed his third straight game because of undisclosed personal reasons. There was no timetable for the all-Big East rookie selection’s return.

Ebanks’ absence allowed others to pick up the slack offensively.

Walk-on Jonnie West, the son of NBA Hall of Famer Jerry West, had a career-high 11 points.

No. 15 MICHIGAN 83, CREIGHTON 76 (OT): Manny Harris had 20 points, 11 assists and nine rebounds to lead the Wolverines (3-0) over the Bluejays (2-2) at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.

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 3-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 points, and DeShawn Sims added 16 for Michigan.

Creighton got 21 points from Justin Carter, while Darryl Ashford had 16.

TEXAS A&M; 69, No. 19 CLEMSON 60: B.J. Holmes scored 20 points to help the Aggies (4-0) upset the Tigers (4-1) in the first round of the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif.

David Loubeau added 12 points and nine rebounds and Bryan Davis had 10 points for Texas A&M;, which will face No. 8 West Virginia in a semifinal game Friday.

Trevor Booker scored 12 of his 18 points in the second half for Clemson.

Texas A&M; led by as many as 17 early in the second half before Clemson pulled to 58-56 when Tanner Smith made two free throws with 5:14 remaining. Smith finished with 14 points.

A free throw and then Holmes’ 3-pointer gave the Aggies some breathing room, and Clemson couldn’t recover.

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