Duke’s Kyle Singler swoops in for two of his 25 points. - AP

Singler erupts in Duke win

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Two things are perfect on Maui: the weather and Duke basketball.

Freshman forward Kyle Singler scored 25 points, including the clinching free throws with 13 seconds to play, and the 13th-ranked Blue Devils beat No. 11 Marquette 77-73 on Wednesday night to claim their fourth EA Sports Maui Invitational championship.

Duke (5-0) won the title here in 1992, 1997 and 2001. The Blue Devils' first 11 wins came by an average of 18.9 points and nine were by at least 10 points. This one went down to the final seconds.

No other school has won more than two championships in the 24 years of this event.

DeMarcus Nelson added 16 points for the Blue Devils, whose fans were chanting "our house" in the final minute and as the awards were being presented.

The Lahaina Civic Center may not be Cameron Indoor Stadium but Duke has a better winning percentage there.

Lazar Hayward had 14 points for the Golden Eagles (4-1), who were making their first appearance in the tournament.

Marquette beat Duke 73-62 in the championship game of the CBE Classic in Kansas City, Mo., exactly a year ago. It was the Golden Eagles' second straight preconference tournament title as they won the Great Alaska Shootout in 2005.

Singler joined Bobby Hurley, current Duke assistant Steve Wojciechowski and Mike Dunleavy as Blue Devils who have won the MVP at the Maui Invitational.

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