Arizona defeated Creighton 81-79 on Wednesday to win the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in front of a packed house at the Lahaina Civic Center on Wednesday.
Wildcats center Oumar Ballo scored a career-high 30 points and a career-high 13 rebounds, while guard Kerr Kriisa added 13 and dished out nine assists, according to a tournament recap.
In the first half, Arizona (No. 14) ran into an 11-point lead with 50 to go, beating Creighton (No. 10) 13-5 in the final eight minutes to lead halftime (39- 30), reports the MJMI.
“Under 12 with 3:46 in the game, Creighton hit Arizona with a blitz of three-point jumpers from Ryan Nembhard and Baylor Scheierman. Creighton defeated the Wildcats 12-2 in the Finals 3:04 and held them winless in the Finals 2:21,” said a tournament release.
With a three-point lead with 7.4 seconds left, Arizona chose to foul Nembhard and send him to the free-throw line. After connecting to the first, Nembhard purposely missed his second attempt, but the rebound was secured by the Wildcats running out the clock.
This was a third Maui Jim Maui Invitational win for Arizona. The team also won tournament titles in 2000 and 2014. The 2022 tournament also saw Arizona win against Cincinnati and No. 17 San Diego State.
Arkansas Razorbacks Defeat San Diego State Aztecs for third place
No. No. 9 Arkansas defeated No. 17 San Diego State in a 78-74 overtime victory on Wednesday night for third place at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.
Travon Brazile led Arkansas with 20 points and nine rebounds, while teammates Ricky Council IV and Anthony Black added 19 and 15 points, respectively, according to tournament data.
Matt Bradley led the Aztecs with 23 points and seven rebounds.
Cincinnati beats Louisville 81-62 in consolation play
Cincinnati was victorious against Louisville in an 81-62 victory on the final day of the 2022 Maui Jim Maui Invitational Basketball Tournament.
The Bearcats were led by David DeJulius, who had a season-high 26 points in the win. Landers Nolley II also added 21 points for the Bearcats, while Brandon Huntley-Hatfield opened the way for Louisville with 15 points, according to a tournament recap.