UCLA vs Butler

Free throws in final second lift 12th-ranked Butler over UCLA

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ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Gordon Hayward saved Butler from being upset with two clutch free throws.

Hayward made two free throws with 0.6 seconds to play, giving No. 12 Butler a 69-67 victory over UCLA in the 76 Classic on Friday night.

Shelvin Mack scored a season-high 21 points for the Bulldogs (4-1). Hayward finished with 11 points and eight rebounds.

"Winning is unusual," Butler coach Brad Stevens said. "That's one of the things we talk about all the time. When you play a championship team that has not had its best night, then you know what you're getting."

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UCLA began the 76 Classic with a 74-47 loss to Portland on Thursday night.

"I think we made a step in the right direction in terms of our effort and our intensity for 40 minutes," Bruins coach Ben Howland said. "If we continue to work this hard and play this hard, we're going to be a much improved team."

UCLA, which trailed by nine points with 9:58 remaining, tied it at 67 on Jerime Anderson's 3-point shot with 8.6 seconds left.

"They hit big shots late," Stevens said of the Bruins. "Anderson was making plays, Malcolm Lee was making plays and the young big guys [Drew Gordon and Reeves Nelson] hurt us."

On the ensuing inbound play, Hayward received Avery Jukes' pass, drove the lane under intense physical pressure, was fouled by Michael Roll and made both free throws.

"When I had the ball and looked up, I didn't realize that we didn't have that much time left," Hayward said. "I just tried to take [the ball] down the floor and get to the basket."

Hayward then intercepted Anderson's long inbound pass intended for Nicola Dragovic in the Bruins' frontcourt as time expired.

Dragovic had 14 points and six rebounds for the Bruins (2-3), who had three players foul out. Malcolm Lee added 11 points and four assists.

Butler used a 12-3 surge to take a 21-11 lead with 9:14 left in the first half, and led by 14 points with 7:38 before halftime. Mack scored 16 points in the first half.

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Shelvin Mack nets a season-high 21 points against UCLA, 16 coming in the first half.  (AP)
Shelvin Mack nets a season-high 21 points against UCLA, 16 coming in the first half. (AP)
UCLA (2-3)353267
Butler #12 (4-1) «422769
UCLA:Nikola Dragovic 14 Pts
UCLA:Nikola Dragovic 6 Reb
UCLA:Jerime Anderson 4 Ast
BUT:Shelvin Mack 21 Pts
BUT:Gordon Hayward 8 Reb
BUT:Ronald Nored 2 Ast

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Shelvin Mack
Nikola Dragovic
UCLA Bruins
M. Roll, G353-81-23458
J. Anderson, G353-50-00427
M. Lee, G344-112-434411
D. Gordon, F-C244-80-14158
J. Keefe, F120-21-22241
N. Dragovic, F264-74-561414
R. Nelson, F164-71-25029
B. Lane, F102-31-13016
M. Moser, F81-20-02003
M. Abdul-Hamid, G10-00-00010
T. Honeycutt, FDid Not Play
J. Morgan, CDid Not Play
M. DeMarcus, GDid Not Play
B. Arnet, GDid Not Play
A. Schrempf, FDid Not Play
S. Soo, GDid Not Play
A. Stover, CDid Not Play
T. Trapani, GDid Not Play
Totals 25-5310-1728162867
Butler Bulldogs
G. Hayward, G-F353-142-281311
W. Veasley, G-F352-82-42216
S. Mack, G336-107-950121
R. Nored, G252-52-22246
M. Howard, F161-14-44056
Z. Hahn, G182-54-41109
S. Vanzant, G142-31-41005
A. Smith, C100-10-03010
G. Butcher, F70-00-21010
A. Jukes, F71-12-20045
A. Anglin, G-FDid Not Play
E. Kampen, CDid Not Play
G. Leiendecker, GDid Not Play
N. Rodgers, GDid Not Play
C. Stigall, GDid Not Play
Totals 19-4824-332762069
Pac 12
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
Arizona St.7-1115-18124
Wash. State6-1213-18163
Oregon St.1-175-27281

Horizon League
TeamConf. W-LTot. W-LRPI Rank
N. Kentucky12-624-1187
Green Bay12-618-14158
Wright St.11-720-12115
Youngstown St.5-1313-21252
Clev. St.5-139-22260
Other games
MU 79 Final
Michigan 65
Tx A&M 66 Final
W Virg 73
UConn 59 Final
CLEM 87 Final
LB St 79
CLMB 60 Final
Syracuse 85
C of Char 69 Final
Tenn 86
TNTC 75 Final
Kansas 112
Florida 77 Final
Mich St 74
Nwstern 72 Final
ND 58
PORT 61 Final
Minn 56
Utah 60 Final
Illinois 58