Blue Devils escape Pirates' upset bid

Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2001

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Jason Williams made one of two free throws with 7.1 seconds to play, then stole the ball as the buzzer sounded as top-ranked Duke beat Seton Hall 80-79 Monday night to avoid another upset in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.

The defending national champions left the court in the Lahaina Civic Center with a close win hours after Ball State shocked No. 4 Kansas 93-91.

No. 2 Illinois 93, Eastern Illinois 53

CHAMPAIGN, Ill. -- Frank Williams scored 20 points and No. 2 Illinois forced Eastern Illinois into shooting 27 percent to win in the first round of the Las Vegas Invitational.

Illinois (2-0) will play Penn in the second round Thursday at Valley High School in Las Vegas. Georgia Tech plays Eastern Illinois in the round-robin tournament.

Ball St. 93, No. 4 Kansas 91

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Patrick Jackson's driving layup past four Kansas defenders went through with .8 seconds to play, lifting Ball State over the fourth-ranked Jayhawks in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.

Ball State looked impressive in building a 55-48 halftime lead. The Jayhawks (0-1), behind the career-high 31 points of junior forward Drew Gooden, were able to get back in it and took a 70-68 lead with 12:17 to play on a drive by freshman Keith Langford.

No. 15 Oklahoma St. 83, Providence 65

LAS VEGAS -- Maurice Baker scored 20 points as No. 15 Oklahoma State beat Providence in the second round of the Las Vegas Classic.

Frederik Jonzen and Victor Williams each added 17 points for the Cowboys (3-0) and Ivan McFarlin scored 10. Jonzen also had 10 rebounds.

Georgia 73, No. 16 Georgetown 59

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Ezra Williams scored 20 points and Georgia overcame the height advantage of No. 16 Georgetown for a victory in the Basketball Hall of Fame Tip-Off Classic.

No. 3 UCLA 71, Houston 60

LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Jason Kapono scored 16 points to lead No. 3 UCLA over Houston in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.

Unlike the other Top Five teams to play in the Lahaina Civic Center on Monday -- No. 1 Duke, which squeezed past Seton Hall, and No. 4 Kansas, which lost 93-91 to Ball State -- UCLA didn't struggle in its season opener.

The Bruins will play Ball State in Tuesday's semifinals.

Kapono had nine points in the second half, all on 3-pointers. His first came 23 seconds into the half and extended the Bruins' 30-27 lead. His second gave UCLA a 49-36 lead, its biggest to that point, and his last one came with 4:37 left and made it 69-54.

Freshman guard Cedric Bozeman added 13 points for UCLA. Louis Truscott had 14 points and 12 rebounds for the Cougars.

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