Nov 26, 2019 4:27 AM

Mizzou loses to Butler 63-52 in semifinals of Hall of Fame Classic

Posted Nov 26, 2019 4:27 AM

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Butler had a perfect plan for a hostile crowd: a fast start.


The Bulldogs raced to a 15-3 lead in the first five minutes to deflate the crowd and defeated Missouri 63-52 on Monday night in the Hall of Fame Classic.


Kamar Baldwin and Bryce Golden had 13 points each and Sean McDermott finished with 10 for Butler in front of the large, hostile crowd.


Dru Smith had 19 points while Xavier Pinson contributed 10 and Kobe Brown had nine for the Tigers.


Golden matched his season average of eight points in the first five minutes of the game, hitting two 3-pointers in that stretch and the Bulldogs (6-0) never looked back.


"Watching the film, we thought we had a chance to do that early," Butler coach LaVall Jordan said. "These guys take a game plan and executed out it, which isn't easy to do."


Butler hit eight 3s and held the Tigers (4-2) to just two. Both teams shot 48% from the field.


"They're a tough match because of their guard physicality," Jordan said. "We'll learn and grow from that because they made some difficult shots."


The Bulldogs forced five turnovers in the first five minutes of the game, 13 overall. On the flip side, the Tigers were able to stay in the game forcing 14 turnovers, the most in a game by the Bulldogs this season.


"Some of it was them and some of it was us," Jordan said. "They are a physical team, but we had a lack of poise and we'll address that. Give them credit though."


The Bulldogs were able to out-rebound the Tigers 29-20, but Missouri had the edge scoring inside 32-26.


"You recognize the ways we need to score ball with driving the ball and scoring at the rim," head coach Cuonzo Martin said. "I thought we did a good job driving the ball."


Butler had as big as an 18-point lead in the first half. The teams played very even in the second half, Butler never had more than a 15-point lead and Missouri never got closer than eight.


"It wasn't deflating, but we know we just have to keep fighting," Smith said. "We got it down to eight or nine but couldn't get that stop or rebound we needed."


BIG PICTURE


Butler: The Bulldogs brought the pressure from the start as they knocked off a Missouri team who was playing practically a home game.


Missouri: The Tigers fought back numerous times but couldn't hit that big shot in the second half. When it felt like the Tigers were getting momentum, Butler came up with a stop.


UP NEXT


Butler will play the winner of the Oklahoma-Stanford game for the championship on Tuesday night.


Missouri will play the loser of the Oklahoma-Stanford game in the Tuesday night opener.


--- Associated Press ---

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Nov 26, 2019 4:27 AM
No. 4 Kansas cruises in Maui opener against Chaminade 93-63

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Devin Dotson scored 19 points, Udoka Azubuike added 15 despite early foul trouble and No. 5 Kansas cruised to a 93-63 victory over Division II Chaminade at the Maui Invitational on Monday.


The Jayhawks (4-1) jumped on the Silverswords (2-1) with a huge early run and never let up, shooting 55% while making 12 of 29 from 3-point range. Kansas scored 36 points off Chaminade's 27 turnovers and had a 50-22 advantage in the paint.


Isaiah Moss had 13 points for the two-time Maui champion Jayhawks, who move on to face UCLA or BYU in Tuesday's semifinals.


Andre Arissol had 18 points and Tyler Cartaino 17 to lead Chaminade.


Kansas opened the season with a two-point loss to Duke after turning it over a whopping 28 times. The Jayhawks have gotten a better grip since then, heading into Maui with three straight double-digit wins.


Chaminade returned to the championship round this year after playing in the opening rounds last season.


The tournament hosts have had a knack for pulling off upsets against bigger opponents, most recently against California in 2017.


The Silverswords opened by making three of their first four shots to take a brief lead.


Very brief.


Once the Jayhawks got acclimated to shooting in the tiny confines of Lahaina Civic Center, they flew away from Chaminade. Kansas used a 20-2 run to go up 20-7 and made 18 of 32 shots to lead 47-27at halftime Azubuike limited seven minutes due to foul trouble.


Another short run to start the second half put the Jayhawks up 61-33 and the game out of reach.


BIG PICTURE


Kansas squelched any thought of an upset with its big early run and cruised into the semifinals.


Chaminade needed to shoot well to have any chance of keeping it close and wasn't nearly good enough to keep up with the Jayhawks.


UP NEXT


Kansas faces the UCLA-BYU winner in Tuesday's semifinals.


Chaminade plays the UCLA-BYU loser.


--- Associated Press ---