Kentucky holds off Washington, advances to finals of Maui Invitational

Kentucky - photo by Barry Westerman |

had 16 points and 17 rebounds, and scored 24 points to help No. 8 hold off No. 13 74-67 in the Maui Invitational semifinals Tuesday night. A 4.7 earthquake centered on the Big Island shook courtside tables and chairs with about 6 minutes left, but play continued and few people in the gym seemed to notice. They were too busy watching the back-and-forth action. Kentucky (4-0) had an abysmal night from 3-point range – 3-for-17 – but smothered Washington on the perimeter defensively and came up with all the big plays down the stretch. The Wildcats move on to the championship game against Connecticut, which knocked off No. 2 State in a rough-and-tumble first semifinal.

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