Zags beat Arizona in semis of Maui Invitational

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COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) - Kaleb Wesson scored 17 points, Keyshawn Woods added 14 and Ohio State shook off a sluggish first half to beat scrappy Samford. The latest comeback coming Wednesday night, an 83-74 setback to Xavier.

After a pair of silent first halves against Auburn and San Diego State, Williamson was the focal point of Duke's offense from the onset.

Barrett, the consensus No. 1 recruit in the 2018 freshman class, took the shot at the end of five possessions in the final minute that would have either tied the game or given Duke the lead, and none fell. IL had trouble with the Musketeers' size inside, though, and was outscored 36-20 in the paint to allow Xavier to stretch the lead in the second half.

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Forcing Duke defenders through one ball screen after another, Gonzaga played the position-less basketball game better than the Blue Devils.

LAHAINA, Hawaii - In the final seconds of Gonzaga's win over No. 1 Duke in the Maui Invitational championship, Blue Devils freshman R.J. Barrett made a decision to put the game in his hands. He shot 1-for-6 in the first half and 7-for-13 in the second half. Hachimura scored on a hard drive for the winning margin. The players on the court late in the game were experienced as well, and that was easy to see when Hachimura and Brandon Clarke got blocks on Duke stars without fouling. 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.

The most the Blue Devils were down 16 points in the second half but led by Barrett, Zion Williamson, Cam Reddish, and Tre Jones the Blue Devils showed why they still ooze potential and can be one of the most unsafe teams in the country.

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"Experience played a big role in this", said Zach Norvell Jr., who finished with 18 points. The trio combined for 15 points, but they did manage to grab 16 rebounds.

It was Duke's first loss in the history of the Maui Invitational Tournament. Chase Jeter added 10 points and 12 rebounds for Arizona while Marial Shayok led Iowa State with 19 points and 14 rebounds. The Aztecs answered with a 19-3 run to pull within three by halftime and had an early 16-2 run in the second half to go up 58-49.

The Aztecs were outscored 22-10 in the paint and outrebounded by 14 to finish Maui 1-2.

This was the game everyone expected when the Maui Invitational got another marquee title game between the what-will-they-do-next Blue Devils against the electrically efficient Zags.

The Blue Devils ran roughshod over one top-5 team to open the season, making then-No.

The Bulldogs are seeking their second Maui title after racing past Arizona in the second half of the semifinals.