Power Rankings: Gonzaga earns the No. 1 spot

Power Rankings: Gonzaga earns the No. 1 spot

Power Rankings: Gonzaga earns the No. 1 spot

Justin Coleman had 28 points for Arizona, which had three assists on 21 made field goals.

Quentin Goodin scored 15 points, Elias Harden added 14 and Xavier dominated the second half to beat IL 83-74 in the Maui Invitational seventh-place game on Wednesday night.

It was Duke's first loss in the history of the Maui Invitational Tournament.

Naji Marshall had 13 points for the Musketeers. However, Gonzaga has controlled the pace from the onset and has given Duke its first real challenge of the season. IL had trouble with the Musketeers' size inside, though, and was outscored 36-20 in the paint to allow Xavier to stretch the lead in the second half.

Bezhanishvili 8-17 1-3 17, Nichols 1-4 0-0 2, Frazier 8-19 7-7 29, Dosunmu 2-7 1-2 6, Jordan 2-9 2-3 8, De La Rosa 2-4 0-0 4, Griffin 2-2 2-2 7, Feliz 1-5 0-0 2, T.Jones 0-0 0-0 0, Cayce 0-0 0-0 0, Williams 1-3 1-2 3.

Duke's Maui mastery is over.

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But, it was the Blue Devils' defense which got them back in this championship game. The lead eventually stretched to 16 in the second half, 61-45. Hachimura scored on a hard drive for the winning margin.

Unaccustomed to playing from behind, the Duke Blue Devils spent most of the first half chasing Gonzaga. The Bulldogs finished the game with 10 blocks as a team, stifling the high-powered Duke trio of R.J. Barrett, Zion Williamson and Cam Reddish on offense.

The Zags took a 39-32 lead into the locker rooms when Jeremy Jones sank a 3-pointer with 10 seconds left in the first half.

That came on the heels of an 18-point outing against Iowa State on Monday.

The Maui Invitational has a marquee matchup for its title game.

Duke may not lose again, or it may not lose until April in Minneapolis when it meets Gonzaga again or another inner-circle national title contender in the Final Four, or it may lose to in and dynamic freshman Romeo Langford on Tuesday night. Barrett, the consensus No. 1 recruit in the 2018 freshman class, took the shot at the end of five possessions in the final minute that would have either tied the game or given Duke the lead, and none fell.

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