Kemba Walker scored 30 points and hit a key jumper with less than a minute left, helping Connecticut outlast No. 2 Michigan State 70-67 in a physical Maui Invitational semifinals on Tuesday in Lahaina, Hawaii.
Connecticut (4-0) fought the Spartans for every inch every minute, refusing to be pushed around by a team projected to be a national title contender. The Huskies made it interesting by missing five late free throws, but survived Draymond Green's midcourt heave at the buzzer.
Walker hit a fall-away jumper with 52 seconds left and Alex Oriakhi dominated inside for 15 points and 17 rebounds, sending UConn into the championship game.
Michigan State (3-1) had three chances to tie in the final 20 seconds, but Green missed two free throws, Kalin Lucas threw a pass to no one and Green was just short on his desperation shot.
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Green finished with 22 points, 12 rebounds, five assists and blocked three shots, but will be kicking himself for missing two free throws with 20 seconds left.
No. 3 Ohio St. 64, Morehead St. 45: Jon Diebler scored 20 points and David Lighty added 11 to lead host Ohio State past Morehead State in the Global Sports Invitational.
The Eagles' Kenneth Faried, battling foul trouble most of the night, had 15 points and 12 rebounds. Ty Proffitt (South Laurel) added 12 points for Morehead (2-3).
"We competed for about 32 or 34 minutes," Morehead Coach Donnie Tyndall said. "Obviously when Faried picked up his fourth foul that was detrimental and hurt our team. They just wore us down the last 6 or 8 minutes of the game."
No. 5 Pittsburgh 74, Robert Morris 53: Ashton Gibbs scored 20 points and host Pittsburgh pulled away from smaller Robert Morris after leading by five points with 11 minutes remaining.
No. 6 Kansas 82, Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 41: Thomas Robinson had 15 points and Marcus Morris added 12, leading Kansas to its 63rd consecutive home victory.
No. 10 Purdue 87, Austin Peay 65: JaJuan Johnson had 21 points and 11 rebounds to help Purdue beat Austin Peay in Lafayette, Ind. E'Twaun Moore had 17 points, six rebounds and four steals for the Boilermakers (4-0).
Tyshwan Edmondson (University Heights) scored 16 points for the Governors (2-3). Austin Peay shot 51 percent from the field, but Purdue scored 18 points off the Governors' 18 turnovers.
No. 16 Florida 79, Florida Atlantic 66: Kenny Boynton scored 21 points, Alex Tyus added 19 and Florida beat visiting Florida Atlantic. Erving Walker chipped in 14 points, six rebounds and four assists for the Gators (4-1).
No. 20 Texas 84, Sam Houston St. 50: Jordan Hamilton scored 25 points and host Texas gave Coach Rick Barnes career victory No. 500.
No. 25 North Carolina 80, UNC Asheville 69: Tyler Zeller scored a career-high 23 points and North Carolina blew most of a 22-point, second-half lead before beating UNC Asheville in Chapel Hill. Freshman Harrison Barnes added 13 points for the Tar Heels (3-2), who regrouped after losing two straight games during the Puerto Rico Tip-Off.
South Carolina 57, South Carolina-Upstate 41: Ramon Galloway scored 12 points and Lakeem Jackson added 11 to lead host South Carolina. Both teams struggled from the field and the Gamecocks (3-1) did not take command until a 14-0 run during the middle of the second half.
Indiana 72, North Carolina Central 56: Christian Watford scored 17 points and Jordan Hulls added 15 as Indiana won in Bloomington. The Hoosiers are off to their first 5-0 start since 2002-03.
Butler 70, Siena 57: Matt Howard scored 17 points and added 12 rebounds to lift Butler past Siena in Albany, N.Y. Shelvin Mack (Bryan Station) had nine points, four rebounds and four assists for the Bulldogs.
Eastern Ky. 91, Cincinnati Christian 27: Willie Cruz scored 20 points on 9-for-9 shooting and Eastern Kentucky pummeled Cincinnati Christian in Richmond. The Colonels (3-3) proved early that the NAIA Eagles (0-6) were overmatched, jumping out to a 22-2 lead. Eastern Kentucky led 53-15 after making just four fewer shots (22) than the Eagles attempted (26) in the first half.
Jaydell Herndon led the NAIA Eagles with 10 points.
Georgetown College 89, Indiana-Southeast 65: The Tigers blew open a four-point halftime advantage to a 24-point win over visiting Indiana University Southeast. Vic Moses (Henry Clay) had three high-flying dunks and scored 15 points while also grabbing eight rebounds.
Jazzmarr Ferguson (Male) led the Grenadiers (5-2). He hit five three-pointers and scored 22 points.
N.C. A&T 84, N.C. Wilmington 79 (OT): Thomas Coleman (Jeffersontown) scored 12 of his 18 points on free throws in the Aggies' road win. Nic Simpson (Highlands) added 15 points for A&T.
No. 5 Xavier 71, Louisville 59: Amber Harris had a season-high 28 points and a career-high 18 rebounds, rallying Xavier from its early doldrums, and the Musketeers stayed unbeaten by beating Louisville in their home opener.
Xavier (3-0) trailed by 11 during a sluggish first half against the young and energized Cardinals (3-2), who frustrated the Musketeers with their fast-break offense and tight man-to-man defense.
Monique Reid (Fern Creek) scored 20 for the Cards.
Northern Ky. 71, Georgetown College 59: Nancy Winstel got her 600th win as Northern Kentucky's coach with the win in Highland Heights. Casse Mogan led the way with 21 points and had four steals. Winstel, who also had 39 wins at Midway, is fourth all-time in NCAA Division II history.
Mikkah Rogers (Corbin) had 17 points, eight rebounds and four assists for Georgetown.
Centre 75, Mount St. Joseph 44: Maggie Prewitt (Montgomery County) scored 17 points and had three steals in a win in Danville. Lauren Huter (Assumption) added 11 points and eight rebounds.
Pikeville 72, Alice Lloyd 71: A 16-point second-half lead dwindled to one on three different occasions but Pikeville held on to win at home.
Natiera Hinton scored 24 points to go with eight rebounds, three assists and three steals. Ariel Nickell had 31 points and 10 rebounds for Alice Lloyd.
Chattanooga 71, Austin Peay 61: Whitney Hanley (Bullitt East) had 19 points and nine rebounds — both team-highs — in the Lady Govs' loss. Hanley was 5-for-8 from three-point range.
N.C. Asheville 95, South Carolina Upstate 76: Madisen Webb (Scott County) had 18 points and nine rebounds in the Spartans' loss.