Boxscore
Illinois 78, Butler 61
Wednesday, November 21, 2012 10:00 PM
Location - Lahaina Civic Center, Lahaina, Hawaii
Officials - Roger Ayers, Jim Burr, Tim Higgins
Attendance - 2400

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 T
Butler 28 33 61
Illinois 39 39 78

Recap


Illinois 78, Butler 61: Tournament MVP Brandon Paul scored 20 points as the Fighting Illini rolled in the championship game of the Maui Invitational.

Tracy Abrams scored 17 points and D.J. Richardson added 14 for Illinois (6-0), which never trailed in the tournament. Tyler Griffey, a 6-9 senior forward, also had a hot hand from the perimeter, making 4-of-5 from beyond the arc and scoring 14 points.

Rotnei Clarke did his best to match the backcourt trio. The senior guard, who transferred from Arkansas in the off-season, finished with 27 points for Butler (3-2), making 6 of 13 shots from 3-point distance. The Bulldogs didn’t get the support they needed to keep pace with Illinois, however, as no other player scored more than eight points for the Bulldogs.

Illinois came into the game tied for 37th in the nation in 3-point shooting efficiency at 41.3 percent (19-46) and converted 10-for-25 from beyond the arc. Five different players made 3-pointers for the Fighting Illini.

Butler missed eight of its first 10 shots and quickly fell behind 13-5. Clarke scored 15 of the first 19 points for Butler, but the Bulldogs still trailed by 11 at the half. They pulled as close as five points on a 3-pointer by Clarke with 12:29 remaining, but Illinois answered with a 10-0 run and maintained a comfortable lead the rest of the way.

GAME NOTEBOOK: Illinois outscored its three opponents by a combined 133-75 in the first half. … Butler freshman guard Kellen Dunham, who made 5 of 9 3-pointers and scored 17 points in Tuesday’s upset of No. 9 North Carolina in the semifinals, finished 0-for-9 from 3-point range and scored four points. … Tim Higgins, who had officiated nine Final Fours in his career, refereed his final game.

Butler Bulldogs

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
Rotnei Clarke 39:00 10-19 6-13 1-2 0 4 4 1 2 0 5 0 27
Andrew Smith 22:00 1-4 0-1 0-0 2 3 5 2 1 0 1 0 2
Khyle Marshall 22:00 3-9 0-0 2-3 4 0 4 1 3 0 0 0 8
Roosevelt Jones 29:00 3-6 0-0 1-3 2 2 4 3 1 0 2 0 7
Kellen Dunham 30:00 1-11 0-9 2-2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 4
Erik Fromm 15:00 3-4 0-0 0-0 3 1 4 0 3 0 0 0 6
Kameron Woods 13:00 0-2 0-0 0-1 2 6 8 0 3 0 1 0 0
Chase Stigall 13:00 0-3 0-2 0-0 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0
Alex Barlow 6:00 0-0 0-0 1-2 1 2 3 1 0 1 0 0 1
Jackson Aldridge 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 1 1 1 0 1 1 0 0
Devontae Morgan 6:00 0-1 0-1 3-4 1 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 3
Andrew Smeathers 2:00 1-2 1-2 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 3
Emerson Kampen 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Elliott Kampen 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 22-61 7-28 10-17 15 20 35 11 17 2 10 0 61
  36.1% 25.0% 58.8% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 10

Illinois Fighting Illini

  REBOUNDS  
PLAYER MIN FGM-A 3GM-A FTM-A OFF DEF TOT A PF STL TO BLK PTS
D.J. Richardson 35:00 5-11 2-7 2-2 2 7 9 4 1 0 1 0 14
Tracy Abrams 31:00 5-9 1-2 6-6 0 3 3 1 3 2 3 0 17
Nnanna Egwu 24:00 2-3 0-0 2-2 1 2 3 0 4 0 0 1 6
Tyler Griffey 22:00 4-6 4-5 2-2 0 2 2 0 3 2 1 2 14
Brandon Paul 34:00 6-13 2-7 6-6 0 3 3 4 1 0 0 0 20
Myke Henry 9:00 1-3 1-3 0-0 0 2 2 0 1 1 1 0 3
Sam McLaurin 25:00 1-4 0-0 2-3 2 1 3 1 2 0 1 2 4
Joseph Bertrand 17:00 0-1 0-1 0-0 0 4 4 0 2 0 1 0 0
Devin Langford 3:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Kevin Berardini 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Mike Shaw 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0
Mike LaTulip 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Ibby Djimde 0:00 0-0 0-0 0-0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 200 24-50 10-25 20-21 5 24 29 11 19 5 8 5 78
  48.0% 40.0% 95.2% Team Rebs: 2   Total TO: 8