No. 12 Michigan State capped a wild five days in Hawaii with a 74-71 overtime victory over No. 9 Arizona on Wednesday to finish third in...
LAHAINA, Hawaii — No. 12 Michigan State capped a wild five days in Hawaii with a 74-71 overtime victory over No. 9 Arizona on Wednesday to finish third in the Maui Invitational.
The trip to the 50th state started with a 22-point loss at the University of Hawaii that dropped the Spartans from their No. 4 preseason ranking.
It included a 109-106 triple-overtime loss to No. 8 Gonzaga in the Maui semifinals, a game already being considered one of the best regular-season games ever played.
Just 18 hours after leaving the Lahaina Civic Center following the loss to Gonzaga, the Spartans (2-2) looked impressive in building a big lead against Arizona, only to see the Wildcats score 16 straight points to take a 60-58 lead.
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Paul Davis made two free throws with 30 seconds left to tie it and send the Spartans to overtime for the second straight day.
Shannon Brown, who had 19 points, gave the Spartans the lead for good at 70-68 with a jumper with 35 seconds left.
“Four-and-a-half games in five days, we did wear down a little bit,” said Michigan State coach Tom Izzo, taking the blame for the hectic start to the season. “There was stupidity in the scheduling, but we survived it.”
No. 23 Maryland 75,
Maryland may have been playing for fifth place in the tournament, but coach Gary Williams wouldn’t let his team think that way.
“I told them they had to shake off they were in a consolation situation. I told them they were playing great,” he said. It worked.
Ekene Ibekwe had 16 points and Chris McCray scored 15 and No. 23 Maryland beat Arkansas to finish fifth in the eight-team tournament.
The Terrapins (3-1) bounced back from an opening-round loss to No. 8 Gonzaga with wins over Chaminade and Arkansas, but it was the first time in their three appearances in this tournament they failed to reach the semifinals. Maryland was second in 1994 and fourth in 2000.
“This is a pretty resilient team. They have great attitudes,” Williams said. “It’s still great basketball.”
Kansas 102, Chaminade 54
Sophomore forward C.J. Giles had a career-high 21 points and Kansas beat Chaminade for seventh place.
Giles, a former standout at Rainier Beach, tied a school record by making all nine of his shots in the first half as the Jayhawks (2-2) took a 46-29 lead. They went on a 26-2 run to go up 82-39 with 7:04 left.
Giles finished 10 for 12 and grabbed nine rebounds as Kansas had a 50-27 rebounding advantage.