Butler holds off ninth-ranked UNC 82-71 in Maui

Butler holds off ninth-ranked UNC 82-71 in Maui
November 20, 2012, 10:28 pm
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North Carolina forward Desmond Hubert, left, Butler center Andrew Smith (44) and Butler forward Khyle Marshall, right, compete for a rebound in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game in the Maui Invitational on Tuesday, Nov. 20, 2012, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

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LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Maybe North Carolina should have just gone to the beach. Butler is the team to beat in Maui.

Rotnei Clarke and Kellen Dunham each scored 17 points Tuesday night to lead the unranked Bulldogs past No. 9 UNC, jumping out to a 17-point halftime lead and holding back several second-half surges from the Tar Heels in the second round of the Maui Invitational.

The Tar Heels (4-1) missed their first three shots and never led.

One day after a buzzer-beater over Marquette, Butler (3-1) held North Carolina to 18 points in the first half. It was by far the worst output in a half for the Tar Heels so far this season.

P.J. Hairston led UNC with 15 points.