The all-tournament team: Thomas Robinson, Kansas; Jason Clark, Georgetown; Tim Hardaway, Jr., Michigan; Austin Rivers, Duke. MVP: Ryan Kelly, Duke.
Maui Invitational tournament chair Dave Odom, former head coach at Wake Forest and South Carolina, sensed great excitement before Wednesday’s championship game between perennial powers KU and Duke.
Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski had a good look at guard Tyler Thornton’s back-breaking three-pointer with 20 seconds left.
It’s only November, remember? Don’t forget, college basketball games don’t mean so much this far from March.
Duke remains perfect in paradise. Kansas University’s scrappy basketball team pushed the Blue Devils to the brink — leading at one point by seven in the second half — but ultimately fell victim to a pair of dramatic late threes by Tyler Thornton, 68-61, Wednesday in the finals of the Maui Invitational.
KU coach Bill Self, Thomas Robinson and Jeff Withey talk in the postgame press conference following the Jayhawks' 68-61 loss to Duke on Nov. 23, 2011.
Duke's Tyler Thornton hit two clutch three-pointers in the final 1:10, giving the Blue Devils the lead for good in a 68-61 victory over Kansas in the finals of the Maui Invitaitional on Wednesday night.
Thornton — who had made just two three-pointers all season coming into the game — gave Duke a 63-61 lead witha three-pointer with 1:10 left, then buried another three to beat the buzzer with 20 seconds left to put the game away.
Tyshawn Taylor led KU with 17 points, but he also had 11 turnovers. Thomas Robinson added 16 points and 15 rebounds, while Jeff Withey contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds.
KU (3-2) will play host to Florida Atlantic at 7 p.m. on Nov. 30.