Men's Basketball

College basketball roundup: No. 14 Kansas beats Georgetown 67-63 in Maui

John Thompson III wiped his head with a towel and plopped into a chair at the front of the room.

His young team had just played a gutty game against a good opponent, but the Georgetown coach wasn't interested in coming close. He was too concerned about the mistakes that caused the Hoyas to come up short.

Unable to stop Kansas forward Thomas Robinson or make the big plays down the stretch, Georgetown lost 67-63 to the 14th-ranked Jayhawks in the first round of the Maui Invitational on Monday night.

"We're not going to be singing this young team song all year. These guys are ready and can play," Thompson said. "We have to take care of our business a little better. Maybe it is a function of being young, I don't know, but we have to take care of our business better in key parts of the game."

Kansas played well when it needed to.

Robinson had 20 points and 12 rebounds, Tyshawn Taylor added 16 and the Jayhawks came up with the key plays in the closing seconds to move into the semifinals against UCLA on Tuesday.

"We handled adversity really good and hit some big shots," Taylor said. "We kept our composure."

Playing in front of a largely pro-Kansas crowd inside Lahaina Civic Center, the Jayhawks (2-1) found a way to win against a team that wasn't about to back down.

Travis Releford made the biggest plays, getting his hand on a steal that set up a layup by Elijah Johnson, then sinking two free throws with 15 seconds left. Releford ended the game with a heady play, diving for a loose ball after a miss by the Hoyas, then calling timeout to make sure the Jayhawks maintained possession.

"Travis made about three great plays for us to ice the win," Kansas coach Bill Self said. "He did a lot of good things late. He needed that individually and we needed that, too."

Kansas' closing stretch was part of what frustrated Thompson III.

The Hoyas (2-0) kept up with the Jayhawks most of the way, hitting one big shot after another each time Kansas went on a run. Georgetown just couldn't stop Robinson from getting to the rim - he had at least a half-dozen dunks - and came up just short when Jason Clark's 3-pointer with 5 seconds left was offline.

Clark led Georgetown with 15 points and Hollis Thompson had 14.

"It's frustrating," Thompson III said. "The things that we can control, we should control. We're going to play against a lot of good teams that are going to do things where there's nothing you can do, but there are a few things we can control."

Kansas was picked by the Big 12's coaches as co-favorites to win its eighth consecutive conference title along with Texas A&M, despite losing Marcus and Markieff Morris, Josh Selby and several other key players from last season.

That was a surprise to Self, particularly after his highly regarded recruiting class was trimmed in half to three before the season even started.

Kansas lost forward Braeden Anderson due to the Big 12's policy on partial qualifiers, and questions about the trnscripts of shooting guard Ben McLemore and forward Jamari Traylor made them ineligible.

Still, the Jayhawks are talented, led by Robinson and Taylor.

Kansas opened the season as it almost always does, by stomping an overmatched opponent, in this case a 46-point win over Towson State. The young Jayhawks got a quick dose of reality in their second game, though, unable to keep up with No. 2 Kentucky in a 75-65 loss last Tuesday.

Kansas got off to a shaky start offensively against Georgetown, missing eight of its first 12 shots, including a breakaway dunk by Robinson that clanged off the back of the rim.

The Jayhawks settled down after that, though, getting an alley-oop dunk from Justin Wesley and a 3-pointer by Conner Teahen to go up 35-29 late in the first half.

But, as a young team tends to do, Kansas kept following good spurts with bad ones.

The Jayhawks went into a funk after the first-half run, allowing Georgetown to get within two at halftime. Kansas tried to pull away to start the second half and started fumbling balls away as the Hoyas fought back, before the Jayhawks finally pulled out the win with one final spurt.

"I thought we played hard and played smart, for the most part," Self said.

Kansas looks like a veteran team compared to Georgetown.

The Hoyas lost three starters and a pair of role players from a team that won 21 games and lost to Virginia Commonwealth in the first round of last year's NCAA tournament. That leaves Georgetown with a roster of 10 underclassmen to go with Thompson, Clark and Henry Sims.

But the Hoyas are resilient, rallying together after a brawl with a Chinese team in Beijing over the summer, and play that hard-to-guard version of the Princeton offense that Thompson III installed.

Georgetown needed its resiliency after struggling early.

The Hoyas went nearly four minutes before scoring their first points and missed 11 of their first 15 shots. Georgetown finally started to get a few shots to drop, let Kansas go on a run after that and fought back, getting a pair of late 3-pointers by Thompson and one by Otto Porter at the buzzer to stay within 37-35.

The Hoyas continued to fight back, but couldn't come up with the big plays down the stretch. They fell just short after a gutty effort from a young team.

Duke 77, Tennessee 67: Five games into his freshman season at Duke, Austin Rivers is still arcing his way through a learning curve. Rivers shook off some early mistakes to hit four three-pointers and score 18 points, lifting the No. 6 Blue Devils to a 77-67 win over Tennessee in the first round of the Maui Invitational on Monday.

Rivers had a few wild drives that led to nowhere early, but settled down more as the game went on, going 4-for-6 from long range to key a couple of runs for the Blue Devils.

Seth Curry and Ryan Kelly added 17 each, and Duke (5-0) improved to 13-0 all-time in the tournament. The Blue Devils will play No. 15 Michigan in Tuesday's semifinals.

No. 15 Michigan 73, No. 8 Memphis 61: Tim Hardaway Jr. had 21 points, Trey Burke added 14 and Michigan (4-0) knocked off Memphis in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.

No. 21 Missouri 87, Notre Dame 58: Marcus Denmon scored 26 points, Phil Pressey added 17 and Missouri used a big run spanning halftime to knock off Notre Dame in the semifinals of the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo.

Ricardo Ratliffe added 12 points and Kim English had 10 for the Tigers (4-0), who shot 63.3 percent from the field while building a 52-37 lead by halftime. Missouri scored the first six points out of the break to put the game away early, punching its ticket to the championship game.

Missouri, making its fourth appearance in the tournament, will play No. 20 California or Georgia on Tuesday night.

No. 24 Mississippi St. 78, Louisiana-Monroe 63: Dee Bost scored 21 points and freshman Rodney Hood added a career-high 20 for the host Bulldogs. The 6-foot-8 Hood has scored at least 10 points in five of Mississippi State's first six games.

Mississippi State was playing without starting forwards Renardo Sidney and Arnett Moultrie. A school spokesman said Sidney has a hand injury while Moultrie is battling tendinitis in his knees.

No. 3 Ohio St. 85, North Florida 50: Jared Sullinger had 27 points and 13 rebounds, and Ohio State roared to a big first-half lead. Deshaun Thomas added 16 points and William Buford 13 for the Buckeyes (4-0), who ran their home winning streak to 26 in a row.

No. 10 Florida 78, Wright St. 65: Freshman Bradley Beal scored a career-high 22 points, leading Florida to a win in Tampa, Fla. Kenny Boynton had 21 points and Mike Rosario came off the bench to add 11 for the Gators.

No. 18 Vanderbilt 64, Oregon St. 62: John Jenkins had 14 points and Jeffery Taylor scored 13 to go with eight rebounds in the Commodores' win in the TicketCity Legends Classic at East Rutherford, N.J.)

Cincinnati 71, Northwestern St. 43: Yancy Gates had his second double-double of the season, and Cincinnati pulled away from Northwestern State two days after the Bearcats' stunning home-court loss to Presbyterian.

Former Scott County star Ge'Lawn Guyn scored 10 points in 19 minutes. The freshman had three points in his first three games.

N.C. State 77, Texas 74: C.J. Leslie scored 17 points and N.C. State overcame an 18-point second-half deficit to beat Texas in the third-place game of the TicketCity Legends Classic.

Mississippi 80, TCU 69: Murphy Holloway scored 20 points to lead Mississippi to a win in the third-place game of the Paradise Jam in the Virgin Islands. Ole Miss (4-1) also got 14 points from Jarvis Summers.

Miami (Ohio) 71, Saginaw Valley St. 61: Louisville Trinity graduate Josh Sewell had 12 points and 11 rebounds for the visiting RedHawks in University Center, Mich.

Manhattan 85, Fresno St. 83: Roberto Colonette made a rebound basket with four seconds left as Manhattan defeated Fresno State in the consolation bracket of the NIT Season Tip-Off in Fort Collins, Colo. Christian County graduate Donovan Kates led the Jaspers (3-1) with 14 points.

Northern Kentucky 95, Urbana 74: DeAndre Nealy scored 18 points, grabbed nine rebounds and tied a school record by blocking eight shots to lead the Norse to a win at Urbana, Ohio. Former Scott County and Rose Hill standout Chad Jackson added 19 points, nine rebounds and seven assists.


Kentucky: The Wildcats' Bria Goss was named the Southeastern Conference's freshman of the week. Goss averaged 11 points, 5.3 rebounds and three assists in three games. Overall, Goss is Kentucky's fifth-leading scorer and third-leading rebounder, averaging 10 points and 5.5 rebounds per game.

No. 2 Connecticut 68, No. 3 Stanford 58: Kaleena Mosqueda-Lewis scored 25 points and Bria Hartley added 19 to help Connecticut beat Stanford at Hartford, Conn.

Campbellsville 96, West Virginia Tech 57: Courtney Clifton (Lexington Christian) had 26 points and six rebounds for Campbellsville. She was 5-for-9 from three-point range.

Cumberlands 66, Lindsey Wilson 48: Haley Ratliff (Pike Central) scored 17 points to go with five assists and four rebounds for host Cumberlands (4-1).