Los Angeles Times

Arizona tops Creighton for Maui title


Oumar Ballo dominated inside with 30 points and 13 rebounds for No. 14 Arizona, which held off No. 10 Creighton 81-79 on Wednesday to win the Maui Invitation­al for the third time.

The combinatio­n of the unstoppabl­e 7-foot, 260pound Ballo and his speedy, talented supporting cast was just enough for the Wildcats (6-0) to remain undefeated. Kerr Kriisa added 13 points and nine assists. Arizona scored its final points with 2:21 to play but managed to hold on.

Ryan Nembhard scored 20 points for Creighton (6-1), which was trying to beat a ranked opponent for the third straight day. Ryan Kalkbrenne­r added 16 points, Trey Alexander scored 15 and Baylor Scheierman had 11 points and 11 rebounds.

Down by three, Creighton called time out with 7.4 seconds left to set up a final play. Kalkbrenne­r didn’t have an open three and passed to Nembhard, who was fouled with two seconds left. He made the first shot and intentiona­lly missed the second; Arizona rebounded.

No. 9 Arkansas 78, No. 17 San Diego State 74 (OT):

Trevon Brazile had 20 points and nine rebounds off the bench, Ricky Council scored 19 points, and Arkansas (5-1) took third place at the Maui Invitation­al.

Kamani Johnson’s twohanded follow of a missed layup tied the score as time ran out in regulation.

In overtime, a threepoint­er by Darrion Trammell gave the Aztecs (4-2) a 70-69 lead with 3:56 left, but Council countered with a jumper that gave the Razorbacks a lead they did not surrender.

No. 3 Kansas 80, North Carolina State 74:

Firstyear guard Gradey Dick scored a season-high 25 points and coach Bill Self returned from a four-game suspension to help the Jayhawks (5-0) win their Battle 4 Atlantis opener in the Bahamas.

at No. 7 Baylor 89, McNeese State 60:


Keyonte George scored 17 points, LJ Cryer scored 16 and Adam Flagler added 13 with nine assists as the Bears (5-1) pulled away.

No. 11 Indiana 87, Arkansas Little Rock 68:

Race Thompson scored a seasonhigh 20 points for the Hoosiers, who are 5-0 for the second straight season.

No. 13 Auburn 43, Northweste­rn 42:

Allen Flanigan made a contested, go-ahead layup with 31 seconds left and the Tigers held on to win the championsh­ip game of the Cancun Challenge.

at No. 15 Kentucky 96, North Florida 56:

Jacob Toppin scored a career-high 20 points and had 10 rebounds to help the Wildcats (4-2) recover from a loss at No. 6 Gonzaga and win their 23rd straight home game against an unranked team.

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