Updated: April 18, 2013 7:13AM
NEW YORK — Butler lost twice to Saint Louis this season with a few days’ rest.
Playing their third game in three days at the Atlantic 10 tournament, the Bulldogs couldn’t hang in against the physical Billikens in Saturday’s 67-56 semifinal loss.
“The third game in three days against a team that physical that’s going to steer you and be on you and ride you and bump your cuts — you’ve got to have some stuff to you to do that for 40 minutes when you’re fresh,” coach Brad Stevens said. “You kind of saw the last 10 minutes they got better and we didn’t play as well.”
Butler was up 24-17 with 5½ minutes left in the first half, then shot 11 for 37 from the field the rest of the way. The Bulldogs (26-8) struggled with foul trouble in the second half as Saint Louis pulled away at the free-throw line.
Leading scorer Rotnei Clarke had 10 points in the first 11 minutes; he managed only six more.
The fifth-seeded Bulldogs would have needed to win four games in four days for a title in their first — and perhaps last — season in the A-10. Stevens didn’t want to talk about reports the Bulldogs are headed to join the Big East’s breakaway basketball schools.
No. 7 Kansas 70, No. 11 Kansas State 54: Jeff Withey had 17 points and nine rebounds, Perry Ellis and Naadir Tharpe added 12 points each, and seventh-ranked Kansas pounded the No. 11 Kansas State 70-54 on Saturday night to win its ninth Big 12 tournament championship.
No. 15 New Mexico 63, UNLV 56: Tony Snell scored 13 straight points for New Mexico during a second-half run, and the No. 15 Lobos pulled away late Saturday to beat UNLV and add the Mountain West tournament title to their regular season crown.
Akron 65, Ohio 46: Demetrius Treadwell scored 13 and top-seeded Akron (26-6), its season nearly wrecked by a player suspension, took a 65-46 victory against cold-shooting Ohio (24-9) in Cleveland to win the Mid-American Conference’s automatic berth.
Northwestern fires coach Carmody after 13 years: Northwestern says Bill Carmody will not return as coach next season, ending a 13-year run in which the Wildcats raised expectations but failed to reach their first NCAA tournament. Carmody ranks among the most successful coaches at Northwestern with a 192-210 record.