KU beats BYU, reaches Maui championship

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David McCormack scored 16 points, Ochai Agbaji added 14 and No. 4 Kansas turned a huge second half into a trip to the Maui Invitational title game with a 71-56 victory over Brigham Young on Tuesday night.

   The Jayhawks (5-1) dominated inside against the smaller Cougars and did a good job of rotating out to their shooters to earn a shot at their third Maui Invitational championship.

   Kansas opened the second half with a big run to build a double-digit lead and outscored BYU 42-18 in the paint.

   The Jayhawks will face Dayton in Wednesday's title game.

   BYU (4-3) was bothered Kansas' length on defense, finishing 9 for 33 from behind the 3-point line. TJ Haws had 16 points, but Cougars leading scorer Jake Toolson was held to seven on 3-of-9 shooting.

   Kansas overwhelmed Division II Chaminade 93-63 in its Maui opener by utilizing its massive size advantage.

   The also-undersized Cougars used ball movement and perimeter shooting to blow past UCLA 78-63 in their opener.

   Neither team was particularly efficient offensively early in the semifinals, trading turnovers and clanks on the soft Lahaina Civic Center rims.

   The Jayhawks found a small semblance of rhythm late in the first half and locked on the Cougars defensively, holding them scoreless for 7 1/2 minutes.

   BYU finally hit a few shots late and was within 29-27 at halftime.

   Kansas got on a roll to start the second period by getting the ball inside, opening with a 13-2 run to go up 42-31.

   The Jayhawks piled on after that with a 19-4 spurt and hit 17 of 32 shots in the second half.

   BIG PICTURE

   BYU pulled off one upset by knocking off UCLA in its opener, but had a hard time matching Kansas' size in the semifinals.

   The Jayhawks shook off some early ugliness on offense with a dominant second half to earn a shot at adding to the 1996 and 2015 titles in their trophy case.

   UP NEXT

   Kansas plays Dayton in Wednesday's title game.  The game tips at 4:00 p.m. Wichita time and can be seen on ESPN.