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Duke defeats Kansas, 68-61

  • 9 p.m., Nov. 23, 2011
  • Maui, Hawaii,

FINAL: Tyler Thornton's clutch threes push Duke past Kansas, 68-61, in Maui Invitational final

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.

KU coach Bill Self, Thomas Robinson and Jeff Withey postgame press conference

Join the post game discussion

Kye Clark

I referenced it earlier, but someone pointed out that Tyshawn got in Releford's face after a bad pass. That's laughable now.

Waywardjay in reply to Lajayhawk

That's your perspective, but without taylor's aggressive play we don't get some of the baskets we got.

J.B.

Why is Tyshawn Taylor still in a Kansas uniform? Eleven turnovers? He single-handedly sabotaged our efforts to win this game.

But so did the referees. Duke gets all the calls. They ought to be ashamed to take home another Maui Classic trophy with the corrupt officiating.

Brian Haase

Can't believe this. Terrible loss to the luckiest prayer of a shot ever. rock chalk.

Waywardjay

To the victor goes the spoils. Let them talk about a trophy IN November.

Marchphog88

Cha-ching!

Lajayhawk in reply to Waywardjay

Totally disagree. We could have won if he just had TEN. That last turnover lost the game on its own.

Marchphog88

Lucky shot + negligent call = sealed win.

Brad Swisher

Shut up K

Brian Powell

TT makes some GREAT plays... but he makes GREAT plays when he slashes and drives. I can't remember very many good PG plays.

I can remember a LOT of guys he left wide open, and transition turnovers, etc.

Young should've played more than Teahan Tharpe should've played some for TT and EJ, if for nothing else to give them a breath.

Waywardjay

Ty's 11 didn't help, but honestly. I think we would have lost with him having 5,

Lajayhawk

TT's assist to turnover ratio almost 1 to 3....

Krohnutz

Listen to them interviewing Thornton like he has a clue. Two types of people hit ridiculous shots in games. Those who are so gifted with ice in their veins, and those who are just too stupid to realize they shouldn't be hitting those shots in the first place. Tyler you can pick which you are.

Marchphog88

I feel bad for Taylor. He really hurt KU on a lot of plays, but he was also a big reason KU was winning in the first half as well.

The refs really missed a major call in a critical moment right there.

Kent Wells in reply to Lajayhawk

Amen

Tyson Ailshie

I am so heated. OUT

Wissoxfan83

Twice the refs stole our chance in this game. On TT's last turnover he's fouled. Then the obvous travel calls. There's no guarantee we win even if they make the right calls but they stole our chance to attempt to win.

Farsidehawk

EJ wasn't in the game today, that hurt a lot too.

Lance Hobson

I'm not a ref blamer but they did miss the traveling at the end. That no call really killed us.

Kooky

Withey is terribly weak inside on the defensive end. He still needs to get a lot stronger.

Waywardjay

it's the difference in coaching style, K's style directly dictates the game, Self's does not. We play a great game and lost to a team that uses every advatange they could. I think this is a team we would beat on a neutral court in March.

Larry Evans in reply to Farsidehawk

How can you say that/

Tyson Ailshie in reply to Matt Kenton

Did you see his performance against UCLA?

John White in reply to Lance Hobson

Who is to blame for not having other PGs? He is the recruiter, that is his fault.

Lajayhawk in reply to Waywardjay

Bill does work the refs, just not as hard.

Matt Kenton

Anyone know why Kevin Young didn't play?

John White

That being said, the combination of Withey and TRob is looking good inside. Lot of promise out of this game.

Djhawk75

The Duke mystique lives on with more miraculous shots and mysterious no-calls from the zebras.

Lance Hobson

Can't blame Self, he doesn't have other PGs. McClemore would have helped today. Still, TT should never have 11 turnovers, that's just lack of concentration.

Mrpilot

Hard fought game. We can hang with anyone. Rock Chalk!

Lajayhawk

God that is a freakin' painful loss.

Melrank

Bummer

Farsidehawk

Even though it felt like a March game, good news is that it wasn't.
We'll only get better from here.

fansincewilt

After Mike gave the refs that last chewing out, they straightened up and got everything right for him.

Mrpilot

Can't win when the refs are Duke alumni. Screw them.

John White in reply to Larry Evans

I hate to agree, but I can't help it. His points are great, and nobody else on this team scores, but we will not win with so many turnovers and he needs to be sent a message that it is not acceptable. The message so far has been that his turnovers will be forgiven because he can score.

Jeremy Wilhelm

Lot of respect post game - great effort.

Brad Swisher

Shasheffski saddled up the refs hard that game. They were intimidated by The Coach.

Waywardjay in reply to Lajayhawk

No. We all agree K works the refs. Bil really doesn't he let's the Officials do there job. The problem there in is, With K sniping the refs, his teams routinely get that extra advatange.

Adam Collins

Looks like a lotta love between the two teams.

Kent Wells

Krysysewzyzski being cool and talking to 10 and 15 after the game. Still don't like him!

Tyson Ailshie

what a huge disappointment

Larry Evans

I hope Self doesn't start Taylor the next game his ball handling and passing has hurt this team in the second half. Self should have had done a better job of recruiting a point guard.

Kye Clark in reply to Litlmikeyb

agree. You can't hope to beat a team like Duke + refs with 11 turnovers

Nh_jhawk

Really impressed with our guys tonight. It took Duke a prayer of a shot after a bad call and that's what ultimately seperated these 2 teams. No need to hang your heads tonight fellow Jayhawks. That game was a classic.

Lajayhawk in reply to Waywardjay

Bill turned the ball over 11 times?

Farsidehawk

Another 7 point loss to Duke.

fansincewilt

I can smell the stink of this game all the way to Kansas.

FINAL
Kansas 61
Duke 68

Jesse Newell

Thornton the hero for Duke with two huge threes in the final 70 seconds.

Adam Collins

Love that I hear some boos

Stupidmichael

Tyler Thornton.

Lajayhawk

TT has only SEVEN turnovers and we win that game by 10.

Waywardjay in reply to John White

I'm not blaming the refs. I'm blaming BIll

Litlmikeyb

Taylor is simply pathetic. I don't care how many points he scores or how much he creates, 11 turnovers is unacceptable.

Waywardjay in reply to Tyson Ailshie

You overcome it by taking the blame personally and not doing it again.

Tyson Ailshie in reply to John White

Right, they made plays to lose. 11 TOs by one player alone

Jhawk06

Wayward u obviously weren't watching the same game.

Runningbeakers84

Not going to blame the refs. We had our chances.

Bret Eckert

Excellent TT! Double Double

John White in reply to Waywardjay

Blaming it on the refs is old and tired. KU didn't make plays to win.

Txbball55

Duke sucks. POS team...

Lance Hobson

TT cost us the game and gave Duke yet another Maui title.

Matt Lacey

We lost this game because TT is not a PG.

Kupride4u

Great game nonetheless. Big 12 still goes through Lawrence

John White

Well, they played a hell of a lot better than against Kentucky. Hopefully these two games will get them ready to play in the Big 12 so we can continue the streak of winning the conference.

Brad Swisher

F'n Hate Dook.

Kent Wells

Shame the game ends this way. Taylor just pressed too hard.

Billself4prez

game over. goodnight. going to cry myself to sleep.

Waywardjay in reply to John White

we lost this game because Bill didn't get into the Refs ears in the second half, and K did

Matt Lacey

Duke is not lucky. YTF are we playing a PG who turns it over 11 times?

Runningbeakers84

Crap Thought we had it.

Brian Powell

I told you, EVERY team we play hits nutty 3s. This happens EVERY time.

Tyson Ailshie

11 TOs. I just don't know how you can overcome that

Billself4prez

gmae iver

Larry Evans

Talk about a lucky ass team.

Jhawk06

Walk for sure, even their homer bills called it

John White in reply to Waywardjay

Tough to say 11 TOs doesn't cost you a game when you lose this close.

Brian Powell

Naadir, my Hawk to Rock, is still on the bench with ZERO turnovers.

Billself4prez

screwed over by the refs. everything goes against us always.

Stupidmichael

Tyler Thornton. What's the curse that KU suffers from to have nobodies like that do this every time.

Brad Swisher

11 TO's By TT.....Damn.

Lajayhawk

Coach K is such a chick.

Mouseclicker

Good that Duke can break the rules, but we can't.

fansincewilt

There is no way these refs will make a call. They will not make a call.

Kye Clark

Nice assist from the refs. Ridiculous

Jesse Newell

Thornton 2-for-5 from three coming into this game. Two-for-three tonight.

Waywardjay

And no Tyshawn had a bad game, but he did not cost us the game.

Bret Eckert

We guard the 3 worts than any team in the country

Adam Collins

No kidding about the walk.

Kesmithstl1

that was a travel by Curry

Farsidehawk

Great D for the entire possession, and the desperation shot goes in! The gods have spoken.

Billself4prez

seriously

Brad Swisher

Just throw the shit up and wish it in

Tyson Ailshie

3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 3 all Duke does

Bret Eckert

Lucky SOBs

Waywardjay

Curry walked BIG time.

Krohnutz

What a f#$king joke of a three. Seriously, Duke is just blessed in the Maui. When this team and their three's come back to earth they will get ass rammed by the Tar Heels.

79ictjhawk

unfreeking believable

fansincewilt

I strongly dislike the east coast.

Jhawk06

That was ridiculous. TT lost the game for us

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