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Thornton's 3-pointer lifts No. 6 Duke to 68-61 win over No. 14 Kansas for 5th Maui title
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) ' Tyler Thornton hit an off-balance 3-pointer with 20 seconds left, his second in the closing minute, to lift No. 6 Duke to a thrilling 68-61 victory over No. 14 Kansas for its fifth Maui Invitational title Wednesday night.
The Blue Devils and Jayhawks traded leads 16 times in a battle of basketball behemoths before Thornton unleashed his pair of 3s ' the first with 1:10 left, the second with the shot clock winding down.
Duke (7-0) remained undefeated at the Maui Invitational, running its record to 15-0. Mason Plumlee had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Ryan Kelly added 17 points.
Kansas (4-1) counterpunched with Duke until the end, when it couldn't stop Thornton ' even with a hand in his face.
Thomas Robinson had 16 points and 15 rebounds, and Jeff Withey had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Tyshawn Taylor had 17 points, but 11 of Kansas' 17 turnovers.