Hoyas hold on to upset Oregon
Rodney Pryor had 26 points and 10 rebounds as Georgetown withstood a furious second-half rally to hold on for a 65-61 victory over No. 13 Oregon on Monday in the first round of the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii.
Georgetown led by 17 after a superb first half, capped by Pryor’s running 3-pointer at the buzzer. The Ducks swarmed their way back, using pressure defense to create turnovers and transition baskets.
Unlike their loss to Maryland last week, the Hoyas weathered the Duck storm and advanced to the second round against No. 16 Wisconsin.
LJ Peak added 17 points and hit two free throws with 2.7 seconds left to seal Georgetown’s victory.
Dillon Brooks, who missed Oregon’s first three games while recovering from offseason foot surgery, had eight points in his first game of the season, including a long 3-pointer with 3.8 seconds left to get the Ducks within 2. Badgers keep calm: Wisconsin jumped out to a big early lead, only to see Tennessee put together two runs to take the lead.
But the Badgers managed to keep their calm during the Vols’ runs.
Bronson Koenig scored 21 points and Nigel Hayes had 17 points and 10 rebounds as the Badgers advanced to the second round of the Maui Invitational with a 74-62 win.
“I like how hard they played,” Wisconsin coach Greg Gard said. “I didn’t think they flinched when Tennessee made a run, which we knew they would do. There’s a lot of things we would take from this..” Kentucky is No. 1: Kentucky moved into the No. 1 spot in The Associated Press poll, replacing Duke, which dropped to sixth following its final-seconds loss to Kansas in the Champions Classic.
The Wildcats (4-0), who beat then-No. 13 Michigan State in the tournament, received 42 first-place votes from the 65-member national media panel in the poll released Monday.
Defending national champion Villanova (5-0) moved up one spot to second following a four-win week.