Nov 26, 2019 4:25 AM

No. 4 Kansas cruises in Maui opener against Chaminade 93-63

Posted Nov 26, 2019 4:25 AM

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Devin Dotson scored 19 points, Udoka Azubuike added 15 despite early foul trouble and No. 5 Kansas cruised to a 93-63 victory over Division II Chaminade at the Maui Invitational on Monday.


The Jayhawks (4-1) jumped on the Silverswords (2-1) with a huge early run and never let up, shooting 55% while making 12 of 29 from 3-point range. Kansas scored 36 points off Chaminade's 27 turnovers and had a 50-22 advantage in the paint.


Isaiah Moss had 13 points for the two-time Maui champion Jayhawks, who move on to face UCLA or BYU in Tuesday's semifinals.


Andre Arissol had 18 points and Tyler Cartaino 17 to lead Chaminade.


Kansas opened the season with a two-point loss to Duke after turning it over a whopping 28 times. The Jayhawks have gotten a better grip since then, heading into Maui with three straight double-digit wins.


Chaminade returned to the championship round this year after playing in the opening rounds last season.


The tournament hosts have had a knack for pulling off upsets against bigger opponents, most recently against California in 2017.


The Silverswords opened by making three of their first four shots to take a brief lead.


Very brief.


Once the Jayhawks got acclimated to shooting in the tiny confines of Lahaina Civic Center, they flew away from Chaminade. Kansas used a 20-2 run to go up 20-7 and made 18 of 32 shots to lead 47-27at halftime Azubuike limited seven minutes due to foul trouble.


Another short run to start the second half put the Jayhawks up 61-33 and the game out of reach.


BIG PICTURE


Kansas squelched any thought of an upset with its big early run and cruised into the semifinals.


Chaminade needed to shoot well to have any chance of keeping it close and wasn't nearly good enough to keep up with the Jayhawks.


UP NEXT


Kansas faces the UCLA-BYU winner in Tuesday's semifinals.


Chaminade plays the UCLA-BYU loser.


--- Associated Press ---

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Nov 26, 2019 4:25 AM
K-State suffers first loss as they fall to Pitt in Fort Myers

FORT MYERS, Fla. -- Xavier Johnson made a short jumper with 10.1 seconds left to give his team the lead, then made two free throws with 4.6 seconds to help Pittsburgh top Kansas State 63-59 in the Fort Myers TipOff on Monday night.


"Coach drew up a play and I'm pretty good at driving to the basket," Johnson said. "It's a great win."


After seeing a 57-51 lead disappear as they couldn't score for 3:56, the Panthers (5-2) scored six points in the last 10.1 seconds. Two more free throws by Justin Champagnie clinched it with 0.1 seconds left.


Ryan Murphy and Eric Hamilton both scored 13 points for Pitt while Johnson and Champagnie added 12 each.


The Panthers won despite making just 1 of 16 3-pointers and committing 21 turnovers. They did hit 47% of their shots, went 18 of 21 on free throws and had a 40-30 rebounding advantage.


"When you have 21 turnovers and two assists, how do you win a game like that?" Pitt coach Jeff Capel said. "You go out and rebound like we did. Show toughness. We're not going to out-talent most teams and they have players and a program that has a culture."


Cartier Diarra scored 13 and DaJuan Gordon added 12, 10 straight in the first half, for Kansas State (4-1), which made just 3 of 13 free throws.


"That's not gonna happen again," Diarra said.


Xavier Sneed, who came in leading K-State with 16 points per game, didn't score until 15:40 remained in the second half. He finished with eight points.


For the first time this season, Kansas State had a first-half lead, going up 30-28. The Wildcats took a 9-0 lead. They also led 27-17 before Pitt rallied.


"We didn't finish off that first half," Diarra said. "If we keep that 10-point lead, it's a different story."


BIG PICTURE


Pitt: The Panthers are starting to build a nice resume with victories over two teams, which made the NCAA Tournament last season. Pitt opened the season by beating Florida State 63-61. However, it does have a big blemish, a 75-70 loss to Nicholls State.


Kansas State: Picked to finish ninth in the Big 12, the Wildcats play defense of an NCAA-Tournament caliber team but offense can be hard to find at times, especially if Sneed struggles to score and Makol Mawien gets in foul trouble like they did Monday night. They came in averaging a combined 25.5 points per game but ended up with 12 against Pitt.


UP NEXT


Pittsburgh will play the winner of Monday's second game between Northwestern and Bradley for the Fort Myers TipOff Championship.


Kansas State will play the loser of Monday's second game for the Fort Myers TipOff third-place game.


--- Associated Press ---