UConn knocks off another Top 10 foe

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Kemba Walker scored 29 points and Connecticut beat a Top 10 team for the second straight day, knocking off No. 8 Kentucky with an 84-67 rout to win the Maui Tournament on Wednesday night.

Connecticut (5-0), the 2005 Maui champions, wore down second-ranked Michigan State in the semifinals and steamrolled the Wildcats with a massive run to close the first half.

Alex Oriakhi had 18 points and 11 rebounds, and the Huskies shot 57 percent against one of the nation's best teams to leave paradise with a big trophy and bigger expectations.

The Wildcats (4-1) had no answer for UConn's first-half run and fell farther behind instead of catching up in the second.

No. 2 Michigan State 76,No. 13 Washington 71

At Lahaina, Hawaii, Kalin Lucas scored 29 points and keyed a second-half rally, helping Michigan State salvage a win over Washington in the third place game of the Maui Invitational.

Michigan State (4-1) trailed by 10 after a turnover-filled first half, but charged back behind Lucas. The senior guard scored seven points during an opening 18-5 run that put the Spartans up 52-49 and hit two game-sealing free throws in the closing seconds after injuring his knee a few minutes earlier.

No. 7 Villanova 82, UCLA 70

At New York, Corey Fisher scored a career-high 26 points and Mouphtaou Yarou had 13 points and 16 rebounds to lead Villanova to a victory over UCLA in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

Malcolm Lee had 13 points for the Bruins (3-1), while Lazeric Jones had 12 and Reeves Nelson had 10 points and 13 rebounds.

No. 11 Missouri 83, La Salle 71

At Playa Del Carmen, Mexico, Marcus Denmon scored a season-high 21 points to lead Missouri to a victory over La Salle in the championship game of the Cancun Challenge.

Denmon, who was the tournament's most valuable player, made five 3-pointers, including one that capped a 14-2 run and put the Tigers ahead 66-55 with 8 minutes remaining.

No. 15 Minnesota 84,North Dakota State 65

At Minneapolis, Blake Hoffarber scored 24 points, including four 3-pointers, and Minnesota cruised to a win over North Dakota State.

No. 24 Tennessee 77,Virginia Commonwealth 72

At New York, Scotty Hopson had 18 points when nobody else seemed able to score, and Tennessee rallied behind embattled coach Bruce Pearl to beat Virginia Commonwealth in the semifinals of the NIT Season Tip-Off.

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