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LAHAINA, Hawaii - Tyler Thornton hit an off-balance 3-pointer with 20 seconds left, his second in the closing minute, to lift No. 6 Duke to a thrilling 68-61 victory over No. 14 Kansas for its fifth Maui Invitational title Wednesday night.
The Blue Devils and Jayhawks traded leads 16 times in a battle of basketball behemoths before Thornton unleashed his pair of 3s - the first with 1:10 left, the second with the shot clock winding down.
Duke (7-0) remained undefeated at the Maui Invitational, running its record to 15-0. Mason Plumlee had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Ryan Kelly added 17 points.
Kansas (4-1) counterpunched with Duke until the end, when it couldn't stop Thornton - even with a hand in his face.
DULUTH, Ga. (AP) - Glen Rice Jr. scored 23 points, Kammeon Holsey added 14 and Georgia Tech beat Siena 72-44 on Wednesday night.
The Yellow Jackets (4-2) have won two of three.
OD Anosike scored 13 points and freshman point guard Evan Hymes added three for Siena (2-2), which has lost two straight.
Rice has a 17.7 scoring average in three games so far this season.
The junior swingman, who hit his first seven shots and finished 10 of 12 from the field, stole the ball from Kyle Downey on Siena's perimeter and dunked for a 28-13 lead at the 5:56 mark of the first half.
NEW YORK, N.Y. - Virginia Tech lost to No. 5 Syracuse, 69-58, in the semifinal of the 2011 NIT Season-Tip-Off Wednesday night in Madison Square Garden. The Hokies suffer their first loss of the season and fall to 3-1, while Syracuse improves to 5-0.
The Hokies took a 29-27 lead into intermission, shooting 47.8 percent from the field. Tech jumped out to a 20-13 lead with 8:08 remaining in the first half on a jumper by Jarell Eddie.
Following the break, the Hokies were able to keep the game close and held took a 42-39 lead with 13:28 remaining on a dunk by Victor Davila. Syracuse would then go on a 17-3 run over the next five plus minutes to secure the lead for contest.
Eddie tied a career-high with 17 points and set a new career-high with five assists. He made six of 14 field goal attempts, including two of six three-pointers. Erick Green added 14 points and three steals and Dorenzo Hudson scored 13 points for the Hokies. Kris Joseph led the Orange with 20 points and 10 rebounds and C.J. Fair had 12 points and 10 rebounds off the bench for SU.
Tech shot 42.6 percent from the floor for the game, including 42.1 percent from three-point range. SU outrebounded Tech, 32-27, but the Orange forced Tech into 16 turnovers.