Butler tops WSU for Hawaii title

HONOLULU — Shelvin Mack scored 20 points to pace Butler to an 84-68 victory over Washington State in the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic on Saturday night.

A 15-0 second-half run fueled the Bulldogs (9-4) to their fifth straight win.

Klay Thompson scored a game-high 31 points to lead the Cougars (10-2), whose five-game winning streak ended.

Butler, which made a magical run in last season's NCAA tournament before losing to Duke in the national title game, shot 50 percent (28 of 56), including 11 of 27 on 3-pointers.

The Bulldogs scored on their first six possessions of the second half, including three straight 3-pointers. Two came from Zach Hahn, who finished with 14 points and four assists.

Andrew Smith and tournament MVP Matt Howard also had 14 points each. Howard notched a double-double with 11 rebounds, including nine on the defensive side.

Mack, a junior guard, scored 15 in the first half. He finished 8 of 13 shooting in 33 minutes.

He, Howard and Thompson made the all-tournament team, along with Baylor's LaceDarius Dunn and Florida State's Chris Singleton.

Thompson, son of former No. 1 overall NBA draft choice Mychal Thompson, was 10 of 18 from the field and made all seven free throw attempts. He made four of his 10 3-point tries and grabbed five rebounds.

Washington State shot just 33.3 percent in the second half and 40.7 percent for the game. There were eight ties and 18 lead changes in the game.

Butler defeated Utah in a quarterfinal game Wednesday and beat Florida State in the semifinals Thursday. Washington State's road to the title game included a quarterfinal win over Mississippi State and a semifinal victory over Baylor.

Florida State 68, No. 15 Baylor 61

At Honolulu, the Florida State Seminoles are heading home with smiles on their faces and a good feeling about their game. No. 15 Baylor is going back to the mainland with two losses.

Derwin Kitchen scored 19 points and Chris Singleton added 17 and 10 rebounds in Florida State's victory Saturday over Baylor in the third-place game of the Diamond Head Classic.

Bernard James had 15 points and 10 rebounds for the Seminoles (11-3), who played on Christmas for the first time and recorded their first win over a ranked team this season.

"It's big for us, especially for our confidence," James said. "We've played two ranked teams already and we didn't do so well. This game is going to do wonders for us once we get to conference just because now we know that we can play with and beat a team of that caliber."

It was a disappointing trip for the Bears (8-3), who dropped two straight in Hawaii and three since last Saturday after reaching No. 9, the highest ranking in school history.

"The good thing is it's been against quality teams and we've found some areas that we need to get better," Baylor coach Scott Drew said. "We've found some areas where people have exploited us, and the good thing is now we can return home and practice."

Florida State's scrappy defense and strong play in the middle kept Baylor off-balance. The Bears were held to 33 percent shooting as they couldn't get into their offensive groove. They turned it over late in the game and blew several opportunities.

Drew said playing in a tournament is tough because there is no time to make corrections.

"So we'll get home, we'll work on a things, we'll get better," he said. "We're a very young team and we know our basketball is ahead of us rather than behind us."

LaceDarius Dunn led Baylor with 23 points but missed two key free throws down the stretch. Dunn was coming off a season-high, 29-point performance.

"We knew we weren't going to hold him scoreless, but we just tried to minimize his points as much as possible to make the rest of the team beat us," Singleton said.

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