Nov 27, 2019 4:37 AM

No. 4 Kansas beats BYU 71-56 for spot in Maui title game

Posted Nov 27, 2019 4:37 AM

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- David McCormack scored 16 points, Ochai Agbaji added 14 and No. 4 Kansas turned a huge second half into a trip to the Maui Invitational title game with a 71-56 victory over Brigham Young on Tuesday night.


The Jayhawks (5-1) dominated inside against the smaller Cougars and did a good job of rotating out to their shooters to earn a shot at their third Maui Invitational championship.


Kansas opened the second half with a big run to build a double-digit lead and outscored BYU 42-18 in the paint.


The Jayhawks will face Dayton in Wednesday's title game.


BYU (4-3) was bothered Kansas' length on defense, finishing 9 for 33 from behind the 3-point line. TJ Haws had 16 points, but Cougars leading scorer Jake Toolson was held to seven on 3-of-9 shooting.


Kansas overwhelmed Division II Chaminade 93-63 in its Maui opener by utilizing its massive size advantage.


The also-undersized Cougars used ball movement and perimeter shooting to blow past UCLA 78-63 in their opener.


Neither team was particularly efficient offensively early in the semifinals, trading turnovers and clanks on the soft Lahaina Civic Center rims.


The Jayhawks found a small semblance of rhythm late in the first half and locked on the Cougars defensively, holding them scoreless for 7 1/2 minutes.


BYU finally hit a few shots late and was within 29-27 at halftime.


Kansas got on a roll to start the second period by getting the ball inside, opening with a 13-2 run to go up 42-31.


The Jayhawks piled on after that with a 19-4 spurt and hit 17 of 32 shots in the second half.


BIG PICTURE


BYU pulled off one upset by knocking off UCLA in its opener, but had a hard time matching Kansas' size in the semifinals.


The Jayhawks shook off some early ugliness on offense with a dominant second half to earn a shot at adding to the 1996 and 2015 titles in their trophy case.


UP NEXT


Kansas plays Dayton in Wednesday's title game.


BYU faces Virginia Tech in the third-place game.


--- Associated Press ---

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Nov 27, 2019 4:37 AM
Central basketball teams open season with sweep at Benton

The St. Joseph Central girls and boys basketball teams swept their doubleheader at Benton High School Tuesday night as it was the season opener for all four teams.


The Central girls led wire-to-wire as they beat the Cardinals 47-27, while the Indians won the boys game 53-28.


In the girls game, Central used an 8-0 run in the first quarter to take a 13-4 lead and eventually led 27-14 at halftime. The Indians went on a 15-0 run in the third quarter to extend their leads and cruised to the 20-point win. Lauren Eiman and Gracie Moodie had eight points each to led CHS, while Olivia Walters scored nine points to lead Benton.


In the boys game, the Cardinals led Central after the first quarter 8-3 but the Indians then outscored Benton 25-4 in the second quarter and rolled to an easy win. A.J. Redmon led Central with 17 points and LaVar Felder added 11. Kason Mauzey had eight to lead Benton.


OTHER CITY SCORES FROM TUESDAY NIGHT


BOYS

Center 68

Lafayette 54


St. Joseph Christian 59

DeKalb 30