- The Washington Times - Monday, November 30, 2009

From combined dispatches

No. 19 CLEMSON 70, No. 12 BUTLER 69: Demontez Stitt made two free throws with 3.3 seconds remaining to give the Tigers a victory over the Bulldogs in the 76 Classic in Anaheim, Calif., on Sunday night.

Trevor Booker also blocked a shot and deflected an inbounds pass in the final second for the Tigers (6-1). Booker finished with 12 points and eight rebounds, while Andre Young added 12 points.

Gordon Hayward had season highs of 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Bulldogs (4-2). Shelvin Mack finished with 15 points, eight rebounds and four assists.

Clemson trailed by 12 points before rallying to take a 68-67 lead on Young’s 3-point shot with 1:32 to play. Matt Howard’s tip-in then put Butler ahead 69-68 with 56.7 seconds remaining.

Stitt made both of his free throws with 3.3 seconds left, but the Bulldogs had two more chances to score.

Butler’s Willie Veasley deflected Howard’s long inbounds pass to Mack, who took a 3-point shot that Booker blocked; the ball went out of bounds with 0.5 seconds left.

Mack tried to throw the ensuing inbounds pass across the court to Hayward on the right side, but Booker leapt to deflect the ball as time expired.

Clemson shot 57.7 percent and made six of 13 attempts from 3-point range in the second half.

No. 3 TEXAS 77, RICE 59: Dexter Pittman scored 21 points, and the Longhorns held off an Owls rally before pulling away for a victory in Houston.

Pittman was 7-for-8 from the field for the Longhorns (5-0). Suleiman Braimoh scored 12 points to lead the Owls (4-2).

Texas led by 17 points early in the second half before the Owls rallied to get within 59-54 with just under seven minutes to play. But Rice couldn’t stop the 290-pound Pittman, who dominated under the basket.

J’Covan Brown added 15 points for Texas, including two rally-killing baskets in the final minutes. Brown, a freshman, switched his jersey from No. 14 to No. 50 for the rest of the season to honor teammate Varez Ward, who was lost for the season with a thigh injury in pregame warmups last week.

Jordan Hamilton finished with 11 points on three 3-pointers for Texas.

Texas’ annual trip into the fertile recruiting grounds of Houston was more like a home game. Most of the 4,669 fans in Rice’s cozy Tudor Fieldhouse wore burnt orange instead of Rice blue.

Even with the traveling support, Texas struggled to shoot the ball early, missing 16 of its first 24 shots and the first seven 3-pointers. The Longhorns finally created some separation with a 9-0 run midway through the first half.

No. 11 NORTH CAROLINA 80, NEVADA 73: Deon Thompson scored a career-high 23 points, and the Tar Heels beat the pesky Wolf Pack in Chapel Hill, N.C., to give coach Roy Williams his 600th career victory.

Ed Davis added 16 points, 15 rebounds and a pair of momentum-changing blocked shots late for the Tar Heels (6-1).

They endured an uncharacteristic second-half slump, warmed up down the stretch with an 11-3 spurt and hit four of seven free throws in the final minute to dodge Nevada’s upset bid.

Armon Johnson scored 20 points, and Luke Babbitt added 13 to lead Nevada (2-3). The Wolf Pack shot 41 percent and held the Tar Heels without a field goal for five minutes before missing 10 of their final 14 shots.

NO. 14 WASHINGTON 63, MONTANA 59: Venoy Overton made two free throws with 14.5 seconds left, then blocked a potential tying 3-pointer by Anthony Johnson with six seconds remaining to allow the Huskies to escape with a victory over the Grizzlies in Seattle.

Isaiah Thomas scored 13 points for the ragged Huskies (5-0), who had trailed by 12.

ALABAMA 68, No. 15 MICHIGAN 66: JaMychal Green scored 20 points, including a go-ahead dunk with five seconds to play, and the Crimson Tide beat the Wolverines at the Old Spice Classic in Orlando, Fla.

Charvez Davis added 12 points for Alabama (4-2), which won two of three games at the tournament.

Manny Haris had 26 points and 10 rebounds for Michigan (3-2), which was coming off a 79-65 loss to Marquette on Friday. The Wolverines had an 83-76 overtime win over Creighton in their tournament opener Thursday.

TEXAS A&M; 66, No. 22 MINNESOTA 65: Derrick Roland scored 19 points to lead the Aggies to a victory over the Golden Gophers in the 76 Classic.

Nathan Walkup added 11 points, while B.J. Holmes and Donald Sloan scored 10 points apiece for the Aggies (5-1).

Colton Iverson had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Golden Gophers (3-2). Paul Carter added 13 points, and Damian Johnson scored 12.

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