PORTLAND, Ore. — Tyler Wideman had 18 points and eight rebounds and Butler held off a late charge by Portland State for a 71-69 victory Friday in the Phil Knight Invitational tournament.
Kelan Martin added 16 points for the Bulldogs (4-2).
Martin's layup put the Bulldogs ahead 69-64 with 2 minutes left, and after Kamar Baldwin added a jumper, it appeared that Butler had the win in hand. But Deontae North's 3-pointer pulled the Vikings closer at 71-69 with 42 seconds left.
After a timeout, North missed a 3-pointer with 3 seconds to go, and that sealed the victory for the Bulldogs.
North finished with 18 points off the bench for Portland State (4-2).
Butler led by as many as nine points in the first half, going up 28-19 on Martin's layup with 7:55 left in the half. The Bulldogs led 38-34 at the half.
Bryce Canda's 3-pointer pulled the Vikings within 40-37 early in the second half, but Butler responded with a 7-1 run. Portland State again closed to within 59-57 on Holland Woods' layup with 8:14 left and never let the Bulldogs extended their lead to double digits.
"What you saw from our guys tonight is exactly who we are. Scratching, clawing, grinding, trying to get every last bit of it until the very last second to see if we can win the game," Portland State first-year coach Barret Peery said.
UC IRVINE 77, N. ARIZONA 71: Eyassu Worku scored 13 points, Max Hazzard added 12 and UC Irvine beat winless Northern Arizona in the Las Vegas Invitational. John Edgar Jr. scored all nine of his points from 3-point range for UC Irvine (3-4), which plays at No. 23 UCLA on Sunday. Rutherford finished with eight points for the Anteaters, who shot 50 percent from the field. Chris Bowling led NAU (0-6) with four 3-pointers and 26 points. Jojo Anderson added 19 points for the Lumberjacks, who were held to 38 percent shooting.
UTAH 85, E. WASHINGTON 69: A 15-day road trip by Eastern Washington came to an end with a loss in Salt Lake City. Runs of 12-2 and 9-0 by Eastern in the second half — including a stretch in which EWU held Utah without a field goal for more than five minutes — were too little too late. Utah used runs of 9-0 and 10-0 in the first half, and 14-2 to start the second half, to help open a 33-point lead. The Eagles made 12 of their last 18 shots, but at one point was just 14-of-48. Senior Bogdan Bliznyuk paced the Eagles with 17 points, while redshirt freshman Jacob Davison scored 13 in this third double figure scoring performance in his last four games. Utah's David Collette scored 18 of his game-high 24 points in the first half.