Friday, 25 November, 2011 11:23 PM
Wins in Maui, Michigan Gets Consolation over UCLA
by David Bradley
guard Tyler Thornton of Duke gets a 'Congrats' from Coach
'K' during the ESPN post game at the EA Sports Maui Invatational.
Thornton had a creative three to seal the win over a stubborn
Kansas for the title.
It was the fifth time Duke has won the invitational tournament in
Maui hosted by Chaminade University. The outcome was never for certain
as Kansas kept coming back. Tyler Thornton hit a hands-in-the-face
and awkward three-pointer with 20 seconds left to finish Kansas
off, 68-61. He had previously made one at 1:10 left.
The game was like a heavyweight
prize fight as the two heralded basketball programs went back and
forth. Ryan Kelly got MVP honors and had 17 points. Mason Plumlee
got 17 also with 12 rebounds.
Both teams had sizable
rooting sections and kept the decibel level high in the compact
Lahaina Civic Center. “This is what the Maui Invitational
is all about,” said Duke coach Mike Kryzyewski. “We
don’t win the tournament without the play of Plumlee”
added Coach ‘K’. It was the 907th coaching victory for
the storied coach.
Kansas was up 35-31 at
halftime. After the game Kansas coach Bill Self said, “Give
him (Thornton) credit; I don't know if he even saw the rim when
he took the shot.” It was a great shot and that was the ballgame.
That was game."
Michigan beat UCLA in
the consolation game 79-63. Michigan senior guard Zack Novak had
a career-high 22 points in the win.
Makes Jump to D-I Football at EMU
credit: EA Sports