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Ballo, No. 14 Arizona beat No. 10 Creighton for Maui title Johnson lifts Kansas State past LSU, 61-59 for Cayman title Sueing leads Buckeyes past No. 21 Texas Tech 80-73 in Maui No. 3 Kansas beats NC State in coach Bill Self’s return American knocks off Georgetown for 1st time since 1982 Nembhard’s 25 carry Creighton past Arkansas in Maui thriller

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LAHINA, Hawaii. Umar Ballo dominated the inside with 30 points and 13 rebounds to No. 14 Arizona, who beat No. 10 Creighton 81-79 on Wednesday to win the Maui Invitational for the third time.

The combination of the unstoppable 7-foot, 260-pound Bullo and his fast, talented support team was enough to keep the Wildcats (6-0) undefeated. Kerr Kriisa added 13 points and nine assists, Azuolas Tubelis added 12 points and Courtney Ramey added 10. Arizona scored their final points 2:21 to go but managed to hold on.

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“I’m very proud of these guys,” said Arizona coach Tommy Lloyd. “These tournaments are tough. Playing three games in three days against three really good teams with very different styles and coming out victorious like we did, that says a lot about this group.”

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Ryan Nembhard scored 20 points for Creighton (6-1), who were trying to beat a ranked opponent for the third day in a row. Ryan Kalkbrenner had 16 points, Trey Alexander had 15 and Baylor Scheierman had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

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Arizona seemed to be leaving late, but the Bluejays continued to hang around.

Scheierman made an easy 2:41 left to get Creighton out at 79-72, but Kriisa made a beautiful Ballo pass for a dunk and led 81-72 with 2:21 left. He was fouled but missed a free throw.

Nembhard made a layup and Scheierman a 3-pointer to give Creighton the score 81–77. Kalkbrenner hit one of two free throws to close the gap to three. Ramy missed a three-pointer with 18 seconds left.

Creighton called a timeout 7.4 seconds before the start of the final game. Kalkbrenner didn’t have an open three and passed to Nembhard, who was fouled by Ramy with 2 seconds left. He took the first shot and deliberately missed the second as Arizona rebounded to seal the win despite Creighton closing out 12–2.

“I just kept looking at the score, the time and our timeouts. And I thought we were separated enough to get through this,” Lloyd said.

But you’re just hoping for a miss. You hate to say it, you have to make them miss. But one of these shots bounces, you know, and we hit it, you know, the game could have ended a little earlier. But they didn’t. They entered.

“I think we had one or two maybe bad decisions, but we will learn from this. We practice situations a lot. So there were a lot of situations and I felt comfortable not taking time out,” he added.

Ballo was strong from the start, posting 16 points and nine rebounds in the first half to help the Wildcats take a 39–30 lead.

“We’ve shown some resilience to get back into it,” Creighton coach Greg McDermott said. “It seemed like in the second half every time we got it to three or four they stretched it to nine or ten and we just couldn’t break the seal so to speak to get them where they were very, very nervous. .

“And then we did some things pretty well to give ourselves a chance, you know, down the free throw line to two, and then we had a game where we thought we could consider a good 3 to tie him, and obviously didn’t work.”

THE BIG PICTURE

Creighton: The Bluejays advanced to the title game by defeating No. 21 Texas Tech in the first round and stopping No. 9 Arkansas in the semi-finals.

Arizona: The Wildcats also won the Maui Invitational in 2000 and 2014. Lloyd competed in two Maui titles as Gonzaga’s assistant in 2009 and 2018.

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Creighton plays No. 4 in Texas on Dec. 1 as part of the Big 12-Big East Battle.

Arizona opens Pac-12 game in Utah on December 1st.

GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands – Cayman Islands – Keyontae Johnson scored 16 points and his jumper with five seconds left allowed Kansas State to go undefeated and give LSU their first 61-59 loss in the Cayman Islands Classic on Wednesday night.

Adam Miller gave LSU the lead, 59-57 with his layup with 1:15 left, but Markkis Nowell countered with a jumper with 49 seconds left. The Tigers’ KJ Williams flipped the ball 15 seconds later, the Wildcats cut time before Johnson received a serve from Desi Sills to score the game-winning shot.

None of the teams could break away from the two-goal game in the last eight minutes. In the last five minutes, the game has been drawn three times and the lead has changed hands four times.

Nowell led Kansas State (6-0) with 18 points, while Sills scored 16 off the bench.

Williams led LSU 5-1 with a double-double with 17 points and 10 rebounds. Justice Hill scored 12 points and Miller scored 11 points.

LAHINA, Hawaii. Referee Sewing couldn’t have dreamed of a better homecoming, especially after being out with injury for most of last season.

The Honolulu native scored 23 of his career-high 33 points in the second half to help Ohio State hold on to No. 21 Texas Tech for an 80-73 win in the fifth-place game at the Maui Invitational on Wednesday.

Sewing scored 15 consecutive points for the Buckeyes in the last 10 minutes to bring the Red Raiders back every time they threatened to run.

“It means a lot, especially because I was able to play in front of my family,” said Sewing, who played in the first two games of last season before being sidelined with a stomach injury. “The last couple of games I’ve struggled a bit, just trying to get back into the flow of things after the injury.”

Ohio State (5-1) shot 52% from the field, made all 18 of their free throws and never fell behind after the first two minutes, ending their visit to Maui with wins in two of three games.

“This is a great tournament,” Sewing said. “It’s a challenge. That’s what we said at the beginning that we were going to have three really good games and that’s what we got.”

Texas Tech (4-2) got a season-high 21 points from Daniel Batcho and 19 from Kevin Obanor.

The Buckeyes led 41-37 at the half and never let the Red Raiders get close, due in large part to Sueing’s performance.

“They have so many players to focus on to get 15-20 points,” Texas Tech coach Mark Adams said. “Just a very, very explosive crime.”

Obanor stepped up from close range to take Thek out 62–58, but Sewing was fouled when he hit a 3-pointer on the Buckeyes’ next possession and made all three free throws.

After Jaylon Tyson hit a 3 from the wing, Sewing saved his miss and was fouled and made a free throw to make it 68-61.

Sewing scored from a missed shot and dunked from a long entry pass to put Ohio State up 74–67 and end his personal 15-point flurry.

Sewing also had eight rebounds and five assists, while Sean McNeil added 13 points to the Buckeyes.

Ohio State threw 10 passes against Tech Defense for a total of 31 passes in the first two games in Hawaii.

Sewing entered the game after making just 7 of 24 shots in the previous two games. He was 12 of 19 against the Red Raiders.

“I wanted him to see a few shots hit because he shoots better than how he hits,” said Buckeyes coach Chris Holtmann, “and I think he needed that. He shoots a lot better, his numbers showed it, than what he showed.

THE BIG PICTURE

Texas Institute of Technology: The Red Raiders, playing 1-2 on Maui, had their best defensive record of the year when they took Louisville to 38 points on Tuesday. Their trademark defense understandably softened in the third game in three days.

Ohio State: Winning two of three games in Maui bodes well for a team that has brought back three players and has 10 rookies. Sewing, a California transfer, lifted the team on offense after freshman Bryce Sensabo, who averaged 17 points per game, scored all 10 points in the first half.

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Texas Tech University hosts Georgetown on Wednesday.

Ohio State is visiting Duke on Wednesday as part of the ACC/Big Ten Challenge.

PARADISE ISLAND, Bahamas – Bill Self couldn’t wait to start Wednesday at Battle 4 Atlantis. Nor could Kansas rookie Grady Dick.

Dick scored a season-high 25 points to help the third-place Jayhawks beat North Carolina State 80–74 in Game 1 of Wednesday’s tournament, giving Self a successful return to the bench after a four-game suspension.

Dick had 18 shots on six 3-pointers in the first half and shot 1-of-8 from the field after the break. Jalen Wilson added 19 points and 11 rebounds to the defending champion Jayhawks (5-0), who missed an 8-point lead in the first half and 9 points in the second half before eliminating him.

“I think it just showed what our team is capable of, and at the decisive moment we can show a tough game when we really need it,” Dick said.

It also helped, in Dick’s words, “to have the Hall of Famer in our corner again.”

Kansas suspended Self and his aide, Curtis Townsend, due to the fallout from a pending NCAA violation case involving a federal sports corruption investigation.

Self was allowed to coach practices, so he remained involved with the team. But on matchdays, he said he got his dose of helpless fan stares while assistant Norm Roberts ran the team. He said he couldn’t even take notes until he watched the game on replay.

He was ready for Wednesday immediately after waking up at 7 am.

“I don’t usually jump out of bed,” Self said, “but today I did because I was excited about what was about to happen.”

As he exited the tunnel, Self was greeted with loud applause from the rowdy Kansas fan section. He had a slight smile as one of the fans waved the Jayhawks national title banner as he passed and gave a light high five to a line of half a dozen fans who held out their hands over the railing.

Casey Morsell scored 21 points to lead the Wolf Pack (4-1), while Terkwavion Smith added 19 points.

It was NC State’s first appearance at Atlantis since 2017 when Kevin Kitts…



Source: collegebasketball.nbcsports.com

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