Saint Louis stifles Rotnei Clarke and Butler
BY Associated Press
Friday, February 01, 2013
2/01/13 at 5:15 AM
Jordair Jett matched his career best with 19 points and Saint Louis pressured No. 9 Butler into a season-worst 23 turnovers, recording the program's biggest upset in nine years with a 75-58 victory Thursday night in St. Louis that had fans storming the court to celebrate.
Dwayne Evans added 15 points on 6-for-8 shooting and five rebounds for the Billikens (15-5, 4-2 Atlantic-10), who fed off just the fourth sellout at 5-year-old Chaifetz Arena and led by double digits most of the game. Saint Louis shot 50 percent.
Former Verdigris star Rotnei Clarke had 17 points for Butler (17-4, 4-2) but also had five turnovers. Andrew Smith added 12 points and six rebounds.
No. 8 Arizona 57, Washington 53: In Seattle, Nick Johnson scored 15 points, five in the final two minutes, and Arizona rallied from an early deficit for an ugly victory over Washington, snapping a three-game losing streak to the Huskies.
Mark Lyons and Solomon Hill both added 10 points for the Wildcats, who won their second straight after losing at home to UCLA. This victory by the Wildcats won't be remembered for the quality of play, but Arizona remained just one game behind Oregon at the top of the Pac-12 Conference standings.
Arizona trailed 48-46 with 4:34 left after C.J. Wilcox hit Washington's first 3-pointer of the game. The Wildcats (18-2, 6-2 Pac-12) then closed on an 11-5 run.
Wilcox and Scott Suggs both scored 11 points to lead Washington (12-9, 4-4).
No. 13 Michigan St. 80, Illinois 75: In East Lansing, Mich., Keith Appling led a pivotal run early in the second half and finished with 24 points and seven assists to lead Michigan State.
The Spartans (18-4, 7-2 Big Ten) scored the first 14 points of the second half to take their first lead.
The Fighting Illini (15-7, 2-6) lost for the fifth time in six games.
Illinois started strong and responded to rallies with shots and stops in the first half. Michigan State played with a lot of energy in the second half. Appling alternated making shots and setting up teammates to score in helping turn a 10-point deficit into a 41-37 lead.
Original Print Headline: Billikens stifle Clarke, Butler