Hoyas hold on to up­set Ore­gon

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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.

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