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Second-ranked Purdue pulls away from Gonzaga



HONOLULU – Zach Edey scored 15 of his game-high 25 points in the first half and No. 2 Purdue beat No. 11 Gonzaga 73-63 in the Maui Invitational quarterfinals on Monday.

The Boilermakers (4-0) trailed up to nine points late in the first half, but outscored the Bulldogs (2-1) 43-28 in the second half to remain unbeaten.

Edey, a 7-foot-4 senior center, shot 8 for 16 from the field and made 9 of 10 shots from the free throw line. He also grabbed 14 rebounds and blocked three shots in 33 minutes.

Lance Jones and Braden Smith added 13 points apiece for Purdue, which shot 54.5% from the field (18 of 33) in the second half.

Graham Ike led Gonzaga with 14 points and seven rebounds. Ryan Nembhard had 11 points, six goals and three steals, while Nolan Hickman added 11 points and three steals.

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The Bulldogs were 26-for-69 shooting (37.7%) from the field.

NO. 5 UCONN 71, NO. 15 TEXAS 71: Alex Karaban scored 20 points, including three clutch jumpers down the stretch, as UConn turned back Texas to win the Empire Classic at Madison Square Garden.

Cam Spencer had 16 points and Samson Johnson set career highs with 15 points and eight rebounds off the bench for the defending national champion Huskies (5-0), who have won 22 straight non-conference games – all by double digits .

Dillon Mitchell scored a career-best 21 on 9-of-12 shooting and grabbed eight rebounds for the undermanned Longhorns (4-1), who played without starter Kadin Shedrick. Tyrese Hunter had 13 points, seven assists and five rebounds.

Huskies point guard Tristen Newton, who had eight points and eight assists, was named tournament MVP. Newton had 23 points, 11 rebounds and six assists in Sunday’s 77-57 semifinal win over Indiana.

NO. 1 KANSAS 83, CAMINADE 56: Hunter Dickinson had 31 points and 11 rebounds, and Kansas defeated Chaminade in the first round of the Maui Invitational.

The Jayhawks (4-0) led throughout and shot a blistering 60% from the field. They held the Silverswords (1-3) to 33.9% shooting.

Chaminade, a Division II school in Honolulu with an enrollment of 2,342 students, was unable to upset the nation’s top-ranked team, as it did nearly 41 years ago against Ralph Sampson-led Virginia.

NO. 7 TENNESSEE 73, SYRACUSE 56: Dalton Knecht scored 17 points and Josiah-Jordan James and Jonas Aidoo recorded double figures to lead Tennessee past Syracuse in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.

The Volunteers (4-0) shot 50% (13 of 26) from the field in the second half to pull away from the Orange (3-1), who shot 35% (21 of 60) for the game.

Knecht, one of three fifth-year players for Tennessee, had 15 points at halftime. He left the game at the 10:20 mark of the second half with an apparent left leg injury, but returned to the contest in the final minutes.

NO. 16 KENTUCKY 96, SAINT JOSEPH’S 88 (OT): Tre Mitchell scored nine of his season-high 22 points in overtime to lead Kentucky against St. Joseph.

Mitchell hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open Kentucky’s scoring in overtime, and the Wildcats outscored the Hawks 19-11 in the extra period.

DJ Wagner had a game-high 22 points for the Wildcats (4-1). Antonio Reeves scored 20 points, Rob Dillingham added 13 and Justin Edwards 12.

NO. 18 COLORADO 64, RICHMOND 59: KJ Simpson scored 23 points and made some big plays in the second half, leading Colorado against Richmond at the Sunshine Slam.

In an already low-scoring game, the Spiders managed just two points in a 3-minute, 40-second stretch after Simpson made two free throws that gave Colorado a 54-51 lead with four minutes left. The Buffaloes extended their lead to 62-53 before Isaiah Bigelow hit a 3-pointer for Richmond with 19 seconds left.

J’Vonne Hadley made two foul shots for Colorado with 12 seconds left to take a 64-56 lead and Jordan King opened up Richmond’s scoring with a 3-pointer.

WISCONSIN 65, NO. 24 THE BAY 41: Steven Crowl had 15 points and 10 rebounds to lead Wisconsin over Virginia in the Fort Myers Tip-Off.

John Blackwell added 10 points for the Badgers (3-2), who had 30 against Virginia’s vaunted defense.

Reece Beeman had 17 points to lead the Cavaliers (4-1).

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