Thursday, November 24th, 2011
It's only November, of course, but Duke's 68-61 victory over 14th-ranked Kansas had a bit of a Final Four feeling to it.
Sophomore Tyler Thornton canned a pair of three-pointers from
opposite corners in the final minute to give the sixth-ranked Blue
Devils their fifth Maui Invitational championship. Duke is 15-0
all-time in Maui.
The seldom-used Thornton came into the game averaging just under
3 points a game. Thornton only took four shots all night, and
finished with seven points. Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski said afterward he had Thornton in the game for defense, but he ended up making the two biggest shots of the night.
Mason Plumlee and Ryan Kelly each had 17 for Duke.
Tyshawn Taylor led the Jayhawks with 17 points and 4 assists, but Taylor also had 11 turnovers. KU's Thomas Robinson had 15 rebounds.
KU falls to 3-2 on the early season.