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Duke's sharp shooting too much for Michigan

LAHAINA, Hawaii — From the wings, the lane, on alley-oops and 3-pointers, the shots fell in from everywhere for Duke.

Even with a new cast of characters, it's clear the Blue Devils are still the kings of Maui.

Putting on an offensive show, No. 6 Duke shot its way into the Maui Invitational championship game for the fifth time with an 82-75 win over No. 15 Michigan on Tuesday.

"We hit some amazing 3's, but they were good shots," Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said. "And we missed some good ones, too."

Just not very many.

Austin Rivers had 20 points, Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly had 17 each and Andre Dawkins added 14 to help Duke (6-0) improve to 14-0 in Maui.

The Blue Devils hit 11 of 21 3-pointers while shooting 56 percent overall and matched a hot-shooting Michigan in the second half to earn a spot in tonight's title game against No. 14 Kansas.

"They answered, didn't they?" Michigan coach John Beilein said.

Michigan (4-1) struggled early, falling behind by 16, and fought back by hitting 21 of 34 shots in the second half.

It still wasn't enough.

"We were chasing them the whole time," Beilein said. "They're not a great team to chase. They really know how to control the ball, limit their turnovers and their perimeter played very well."

NO. 1 UNC 102, TENN. ST. 69: Reggie Bullock scored a career-high 23 and former Sickles standout John Henson had 16 points, 10 rebounds and a career-best six assists for the host Tar Heels (4-0).

NO. 7 LOUISVILLE 54, ARKANSAS ST. 27: Kyle Kuric had 12 points for the host Cardinals (4-0), who held the Red Wolves to their fewest points since the shot clock began in 1986.

NO. 8 MEMPHIS 99, TENNESSEE 97, 2OT: Will Barton had 25 points and 11 rebounds, Antonio Barton hit a big jumper in the second overtime and the Tigers (2-1) survived last-second shots in both overtimes at the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii.

NO. 11 WISCONSIN 77, MO.-K.C. 31: Jared Berggren scored a career-high 21 for the host Badgers (4-0), who held the Kangaroos to 21 percent shooting.

NO. 14 KANSAS 72, UCLA 56: Elijah Johnson had 23 points for the Jayhawks (3-1), who nearly blew all of a 20-point lead before pulling away in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational.

NO. 17 PITT 73, LA SALLE 69: Nasir Robinson had 17 points and Travon Woodall had a pivotal block in the waning seconds as the host Panthers (3-1) clamped down on defense.

UT coach waits on 600

TAMPA — Tampa coach Richard Smith will have to wait a bit longer to earn career win No. 600.

The Spartans (1-2), who turned a two-point halftime deficit into an eight-point lead with about 6:30 left in the game, couldn't hold on or sink enough free throws down the stretch as they fell to Florida Memorial 53-50.

"We don't have enough time to practice, we can't get in the gym half the time, our practice sessions are cut off to about an hour and a half, and we try to learn our offense and work on our defense, but we really haven't worked on this late stages stuff," Schmidt said. "That's probably my fault, but it's very difficult to find enough practice time because we have so many things going on in our gym."

Tampa went 1-for-5 from the line in the last 1:50. Florida Memorial (3-2), an NAIA school in Miami Gardens, went 4-for-6 in that same span.

Senior Ashton Graham paced the young Spartans with 17 points and eight rebounds.

Schmidt will try again for win No. 600 on Friday as the Spartans take on Shaw at 5:30 p.m. in the Eckerd Classic.

MIAMI 60, FLA. GULF COAST 50: Malcolm Grant had 21 points and hit 5 of 6 free throws in the final 1:21 for the host Hurricanes (4-0).


UF 63, HAMPTON 46: Jennifer George had 13 points and tied a career high with 14 rebounds for the host Gators (3-1), who had a season-best 53 rebounds.

TAMPA 67, P.R.-BAYAMON 51: Kamari Smith had 19 points for the host Spartans (1-3), who blew it open in the second half.

NO. 1 BAYLOR 109, YALE 59: Brittney Griner had 31 points and 10 rebounds, one of three Bears players with a double double, and host Baylor (5-0) closed out the first half with a 29-5 run.

NO. 8 MARYLAND 94, SAINT JOSEPH'S 71: Lynetta Kizer had a career-high 25 points and Alyssa Thomas added 21 for the Terrapins (5-0), who have won all their games by double figures.

NO. 11 LOUISVILLE 78, AUSTIN PEAY 60: The host Cardinals (3-1) gave coach Jeff Walz his 100th career win at the school by wearing down the Governors in the second half.

NO. 13 RUTGERS 68, LEHIGH 40: Khadijah Rushdan had 16 points and the host Scarlet Knights (4-0) turned in their best defensive effort of the season to continue their best start since 2005-06.

NO. 15 PURDUE 76, CHICAGO ST. 49: Brittany Rayburn had 13 points and five assists to lead the host Boilermakers (4-0).

NO. 16 UNC 61, PRESBYTERIAN 38: Chay Shegog scored a career-high 23 for the Tar Heels (4-0), who won for the 400th time at Carmichael Arena.

NO. 18 OHIO ST. 73, HOWARD 50: Tayler Hill had 18 points and hit three 3-pointers for the host Buckeyes (3-0), who scored 40 in the paint and had 21 assists.

N'WESTERN 44, NO. 20 LSU 43: Morgan Jones made two free throws with 11 seconds left as the Wildcats upset the host Tigers (3-2).

Times staff writer Laura Keeley contributed to this report.

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