Published: Fri, November 23, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Gonzaga beats Duke in Maui

Gonzaga beats Duke in Maui

The Blue Devils came into the game at 17-0 all-time.

Rui Hachimura scored 20 points and the Zags beat a No. 1 team for the first time while ending the Blue Devils' unbeaten streak on the Valley Isle (17-1).

"They were clearly the better team and especially in the second half, I mean, it was 54-29 in the second half", Arizona coach Sean Miller said.

Chants of "We want Duke, we want Duke", rang out from the raucous Gonzaga fan base as the final minute of action finished. And that's because No. 3 Gonzaga beat No. 1 Duke, 89-87, on Wednesday here at the Lahaina Civic Center in the championship game of the Maui Invitational. "I didn't know we had MVP and stuff so I didn't know and my teammates just started (celebrating)", said Hachimura. "It's not that we were exhausted, because we both played the same amount of games, but I think emotionally they were more ready to play than we were, and that's something you learn".

"Another wild night in Lahaina", Gonzaga coach Mark Few said after his team overcame a 45-37 halftime deficit. Hachimura, who pulled down Jack White's missed follow-up with 10.6 seconds left, missed both free throws and immediately redeemed himself when he stepped up and went straight up to deny Barrett at the buzzer.

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The Blue Devils fell behind by 16 in the second half before firing up the Blue Devil express with a series of head-above-the-rim dunks and drives.

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.

Canadian sensation R.J. Barrett - who was the top-ranked recruit in the Class of 2018 and the sole freshman named to the AP preseason All-America team - leads the Blue Devils and ranks second in the entire ACC with an average of 22.8 points per game.

Marial Shayok scored 21 points, Michael Jacobson added 19 and Iowa State blew out San Diego State 87-57 on Wednesday to win the Maui Invitational fifth-place game. Zion Williamson dropped a double-double, 22 points, and 10 boards in the loss. Barrett finished with a game-high 23 points, but it came on 25 total shots.

The Blue Devils ran roughshod over one top-5 team to open the season, making then-No.

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