No. 3 Gonzaga upsets No. 1 Duke for Maui Invitational title


The Spartanburg, S.C., native scored the first four points for the Blue Devils and picked up a pair of offensive boards in the first five minutes. "I thought we played great". R.J Barrett led the Devils with 23 points, including a posterizing dunk in the 2nd half.

In one spectacular sequence for the Bulldogs, Brandon Clarke blocked a layup attempt by Andres Feliz, Hachimura grabbed the loose ball and fired a pass upcourt to Norvell, who flew to the hoop for a layup on the other end that made it 62-49 with 12:12 to play.

Here's more on No. 8 Auburn's much-needed boost from the bench and four more takeaways from the Tigers' successful finish to their first trip to the prestigious Maui Invitational. Dozens of National Basketball Association executives and scouts took flights from the mainland to see Zion Williamson, Barrett and Cam Reddish - perhaps the top three picks in next summer's National Basketball Association draft - and the other prospects in the field.

Over the years, the Gonzaga men's basketball team has faced Duke three times - all Blue Devils' victories. Analysts picked the Blue Devils over the NBA's Cleveland Cavaliers in a hypothetical matchup.

It's undeniable - the amount of talent on the court in this game was incredible. Here are five observations from the first half of play. Point guard Tre Jones scored 17.

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Even as their lead disappeared and their shots (and free throws) stopped falling in a wild atmosphere, the Bulldogs did not panic.

The Zags not only didn't back down, they threw the first punch.

Duke seemed dazed by the moment.

The Blue Devils (5-0) are 17-0 all-time in Maui after holding off No. 8 Auburn in the semifinals Tuesday night. "We knew we were winning it on the defensive end". Williamson, of course, is unbelievable near the basket, Barrett isn't a bad dunker himself and can do a little bit of everything and Reddish is as smooth offensively as it gets.

Not only did Gonzaga shoot well early against Duke, but it shot a ridiculous 18-for-25 to start the game, good for 72 percent, as the Bulldogs went ahead 42-30. Krzyzewski said that's the benefit of having an experienced roster. But here's how Gonzaga upset the nation's top team. "They're old and they play their butts off, and Hachimura is the guy you can go to, to get a bucket".