No. 4 Kansas clinched its third Maui Invitational title Wednesday evening by ousting Dayton in a 90-84 overtime thriller. The Jayhawks got a combined 60 points from their two stars — Devon Dotson with a career-high 31 and Udoka Azubuike with a career-high 29 — to pull away from the Flyers late. The 7-foot Azubuike scored nine of KU’s 17 points in the overtime period before fouling out. It’s the second time in the last five years Kansas has won the Maui Invitational. It defeated Chaminade, BYU and Dayton en route to the title.
Kansas appeared on its way to winning in regulation over the Flyers, but Dayton, as was the case all day, did not go quietly into that good night. KU led 73-70 with under 20 seconds to play in the second half before Dayton guard Jalen Crutcher did this:
Crutcher finished with 12 points, all of which came from 3-point makes. He was one of four Dayton players who finished scoring in double figures, with Ryan Mikesell and Obi Toppin adding 19 and 18, respectively. Toppin added nine boards, three blocks and one doozy of a Steph Curry impression before getting into foul trouble late.
The loss is Dayton’s first of the season, but the way in which it competed this week in Maui was validation that it is deserving of a top-25 ranking. It defeated Georgia and Virginia Tech in consecutive days to open the event before pushing a top-five Kansas team to the brink. Kansas, meanwhile, improves to 6-1 on the season and extends its winning streak to six. After opening its season with a 68-66 loss to Duke, it has rebounded well. The Jayhawks get a week off before a big home game against former Big 12 foe Colorado on Dec. 7.
As for the rest of the Maui bracket, results will pour in throughout the night. Georgia and Chaminade face off in the seventh place game at 9 p.m. ET, followed by the nightcap between Virginia Tech and BYU in the third place game at 11:30 p.m. ET.
2019 Maui Invitational
All times Eastern
- Game 5: No. 3 Michigan State 93, Georgia 85 — Box score
- Game 6: UCLA 74, Chaminade 48 — Recap
- Game 7: Dayton 89, Virginia Tech 62 — Recap
- Game 8: No. 4 Kansas 71, BYU 56 — Box score