No. 3 Gonzaga upsets No. 1 Duke for Maui Invitational title

Auburn blows by Wildcats 73-57

Duke freshman phenom Zion Williamson has taken the basketball world by storm with his dominant play and Earth-shaking dunks, but one of his classmates has arguably had an even more impressive start to his college career. "It's not that we were exhausted, because we both played the same amount of games, but I think emotionally they were more ready to play than we were, and that's something you learn".

Quentin Goodin led Xavier with 20 points. "Thirty-three points off the bench, and they played with confidence". With the score tied 87-87, the 203-cm power forward, who hails from Toyama Prefecture, scored the go-ahead bucket with 1:17 remaining and then played solid defense on Duke standout R.J. Barrett, forcing him into a hard shot and then blocking the Canadian freshman at the rim as he looked to tie the game.

The biggest concern for the Blue Devils is foul trouble once again as Cam Reddish picked up three fouls in the first half but he did manage to score eight points on two of three shooting.

San Diego State was blown out by top-ranked Duke in its Maui opener and fell behind by 19 early against Xavier. They actually looked inconsistent through their first two games at the Maui Invitational, but they punched Duke in the mouth early on Wednesday and never looked back en route to a 16-point second-half lead. The Aztecs answered with a 19-3 run to pull within three by halftime and had an early 16-2 run in the second half to go up 58-49.

Bryce Brown scored 26 points, Jared Harper added 25 and No. 8 Auburn outlasted Xavier 88-79 in overtime to open the Maui Invitational.

Halftime-Gonzaga 39-32. 3-Point Goals-Gonzaga 7-19 (Hachimura 2-3, Norvell 2-6, J.Jones 1-1, Perkins 1-2, Kispert 1-5, Petrusev 0-1, Crandall 0-1), IL 10-31 (Frazier 6-13, Jordan 2-6, Griffin 1-1, Dosunmu 1-3, Feliz 0-1, Williams 0-1, Nichols 0-2, Bezhanishvili 0-4).

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Top-ranked Duke vies for its record sixth Maui title against No. 3 Gonzaga at the Lahaina Civic Center on Wednesday night. Gonzaga survived Illinois' frenetic attack and put on a second-half show to beat Arizona in the semifinals.

Coach K's team doesn't look so invincible anymore, though.

Arizona (4-0) was ragged through the first 30 minutes before playing better at both ends during a 12-2 run that tied it at 56-all with five minutes left.

The Zags not only didn't back down, they threw the first punch. The Buckeyes shot just 37.5 percent from the field in the first half while Samford shot 50 percent and led 32-29 at the break. With this being the second night of a back-to-back for the Blue Devils and with the experience of this Tigers roster, this one could be a much tighter affair.

Trent Frazier of IL drives for a first-half basket.

The Zags swatted Duke's bid away.

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