Top 25 basketball roundup: No. 4 Kansas wins Maui title in OT
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Devon Dotson scored 31 points, Udoka Azubuike added 29 points, and fourth-ranked Kansas outlasted Dayton 90-84 in overtime in a thrilling Maui Invitational championship game on Wednesday in Lahaina, Hawaii.
In what was a back-and-forth contest throughout, Kansas (6-1) trailed by eight points with just under eight minutes remaining in regulation -- the largest deficit either team faced throughout the afternoon.
The Jayhawks owned a 52-22 advantage in points in the paint, which for Dayton was a dramatic departure from the Flyers' strategy in its preceding wins on Monday and Tuesday.
Kansas (6-1) defended more effectively than Georgia or Virginia Tech were able to do when Flyers forward Obi Toppin scored 25 and 24 points. He shot 6 of 11 from the floor on Wednesday and had to work for each of his 18 points and game-high nine rebounds. Ryan Mikesell topped Dayton (5-1) with 19 points.
No. 3 Michigan State 75, UCLA 62
Cassius Winston scored 20 points, and the Spartans held the Bruins to 39.3 percent shooting en route to a win in the fifth-place game at the Maui Invitational.
The Spartans recovered from Monday's opening loss to Virginia Tech to leave Maui 2-1. They led UCLA almost throughout in the consolation bracket championship, and held a double-digit-point advantage for much of the second half. Xavier Tillman joined Winston in double figures with 14 points.
Chris Smith, with 13 points, was UCLA's third different leading scorer for the tournament.
No. 6 North Carolina 76, Alabama 67
Garrison Brooks scored 16 of his 20 points in the first half and his teammates finally picked up the scoring pace as the Tar Heels defeated the Crimson Tide in the opening round of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Freshmen Cole Anthony and Armando Bacot scored 13 and 12 points, respectively, for the Tar Heels. Bacot also grabbed 15 rebounds for his third straight double-double. North Carolina (5-0) takes on Michigan (5-0), an 83-76 winner against Iowa State in the first game, in Thursday afternoon's semifinal.
Alabama (2-3) goes to the consolation bracket to face Iowa State (3-2) in the evening. John Petty Jr. (23 points) and Kira Lewis Jr. (20) led Alabama. Other than Petty's 7-for-10 shooting on 3-pointers, the rest of the Crimson Tide combined to shoot 4 of 21 from long range.
No. 7 Virginia 46, Maine 26
Mamadi Diakite scored 15 points, and the Cavaliers dominated defensively in a wire-to-wire victory over the Black Bears in Charlottesville, Va.
Virginia (7-0) pushed its nonconference home winning streak to 21 games and improved to 26-0 when holding opponents to fewer than 40 points under head coach Tony Bennett.
Jay Huff added 13 points and Kihei Clark tallied nine points, five assists and three steals for the defending national champions, who matched a school record for the fewest points allowed in the shot-clock era (2014 vs. Rutgers). Vilgot Larsson scored nine points to lead the Black Bears (2-4), who shot 18.6 percent (8 of 43) from the field.
No. 8 Gonzaga 94, Southern Mississippi 69
Corey Kispert broke out of an early-season shooting slump, scoring 28 points to lead the Bulldogs to a win over the Golden Eagles in the first round of the Battle 4 Atlantis at Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Gonzaga (7-0) will oppose No. 11 Oregon in the semifinals on Thursday. Southern Mississippi (2-4) will take on No. 13 Seton Hall in the losers bracket.
Kispert, who had made just 3 of 24 field-goal attempts in the Bulldogs' previous three games, made 9 of 11 attempts, including going 7-for-8 from 3-point range. Joel Ayayi finished with 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists off the bench for Gonzaga. LaDavius Draine and Artur Konontsuk each scored 19 points to lead the Golden Eagles.
No. 11 Oregon 71, No. 13 Seton Hall 69
Shakur Juiston scored off an offensive rebound with 13 seconds remaining to break a tie as the Ducks rallied from a 19-point, second-half deficit to defeat the Pirates in the Battle 4 Atlantis tournament at Paradise Island, Bahamas.
Seton Hall's Myles Powell scored a game-high 32 points, but he had to be helped off the floor after missing a half-court shot at the final buzzer.
Payton Pritchard led Oregon (6-0) with 16 points. C.J. Walker and Juiston each scored 12, and Chris Duarte added 11. Myles Cale and Sandro Mamukelashvili each had 10 points for Seton Hall (4-2).