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Gonzaga upsets Duke at Maui Invitational

Gonzaga upsets Duke at Maui Invitational

Pushed to the limit in the second half, Duke's freshmen visibly emptied the tank: Jones brought the Duke end of the stands to life with a layup-steal combo early in the second half and cut the lead to one for the first time since midway through the first half with back-to-back buckets in the final three minutes.

The Zags turned the Lahaina Civic Center into The Kennel West early in the second, the cheers growing louder with each basket during a 15-2 run that put them up 56-53.

The Blue Devils will take on No. 3 Gonzaga in their third top-10 matchup of the season, but with so many different stars to fall back on, Duke could just cruise to a marquee matchup blowout as they did against the then-No. Josh Perkins and Brandon Clarke netted 18 points each for Gonzaga, with Perkins adding nine assists and hitting 4 of 8 3-point attempts.

R.J. Barrett scored 20 points, Cam Reddish added 16 and top-ranked Duke remained undefeated at the Maui Invitational with a 90-64 rout over San Diego State.

Every time Auburn tried to get closer, however, the Blue Devils answered with an alley-oop dunk or step-back jumper. So far they've looked unbeatable though they do face Gonzaga, the No. 3 team in the nation, in the final of the Maui Invitational on Wednesday night.

Marques Bolden anchored Duke's defense, blocking seven shots while finishing with 11 points and nine rebounds.

Jared Harper had 22 points and Bryce Brown 16 for Auburn.

Duke will face the victor of Gonzaga-Arizona on Wednesday evening after winning its second straight in Hawaii.

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On Tuesday, after a loss to No. 1 Duke, Pearl said "we don't have a lot of confidence in our bench, which is unfortunate". The Tigers built a 10-point lead against Arizona, allowed the Wildcats to pull within one and took control with an 11-0 second-half run to go up 14. Iowa State kept boosting the lead from there, making 16 of 28 shots to earn a spot in Wednesday's fifth-place game against San Diego State.

The Bulldogs held the trio to a combined 55 points in the game and it was enough to get a victory.

San Diego State (3-1) was blown out by top-ranked Duke in its Maui opener and fell behind by 19 early against Xavier (2-3). Clarke clanked two with 30 seconds left and Hachimura came up empty on two more with 10 seconds left.

Duke and its future lottery picks steamrolled San Diego State and outlasted No. 8 Auburn to reach its sixth Maui title game in six years.

The experienced Zags gave them a lesson in ball movement, orchestrating a master class in free-flowing, position-less basketball while building a 14-point first-half lead.

When Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski came to Maui for this week's tournament, he had the most imposing collection of talent in America.

The Tigers knocked off Xavier. But here's how Gonzaga upset the nation's top team. After the Blue Devils tied it at 87-all, Hachimura scored on a hard drive to put Gonzaga up.


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