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DUKE ABLE TO HOLD OFF TULSA, 72-67

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Freshman Mike Chappell hit consecutive 3-pointers in an 11-0 second-half run and No. 6 Duke held on for a 72-67 victory over No. 22 Tulsa on Wednesday night in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT.

The Blue Devils (3-0) will meet the winner of the semifinal between No. 20 Indiana and Evansville for the title on Friday night.Tulsa (2-1) had a 10-point lead with 3:32 left in the first half, but Duke, spurred by the defense of point guard Steve Wojciechowski, closed the first half with a 9-0 run to get within 27-26.

Neither team managed more than a five-point lead until the Blue Devils took off on their run with Chappell, who had a total of 14 points and was 1-for-5 from 3-point range in the first two games, hit 3s from each side of the court. Greg Newton's three-point play with just under five minutes to play gave Duke a 59-49 lead.

No. 2 Kansas 80, Virginia 63

At Lahaina, Hawaii, Paul Pierce scored 27 points as second-ranked Kansas beat Virginia to win the Maui Invitational and move closer to taking over the top spot in the rankings.

Oral Roberts 86

No. 16 Arkansas 81

At Tulsa, Okla., Tim Gill scored nine of his 29 points in the closing minutes - including four in the final 59 seconds - to spark streaking Oral Roberts to an upset of No. 16 Arkansas.

Oral Roberts (3-0) extended its two-season winning streak to 13 games, the longest in Division I.

Virginia 75

No. 17 Massachusetts 68

At Lahaina, Hawaii, Courtney Alexander and Norman Nolan each scored 20 points as Virginia upset No. 17 Massachusetts Tuesday at the Maui Invitational.

Harold Deane added 13 points for the Cavaliers (2-0), who beat South Carolina 93-70 in the opening round Monday.

No. 18 Texas 86, Rhode Island 79

At Austin, Reggie Freeman scored 27 points and Brandy Perryman had seven points in the final 47 seconds as No. 18 Texas rallied to beat Rhode Island.

No. 19 New Mexico 96

Centenary 64

At Albuquerque, N.M., Clayton Shields scored 31 points and Dave Bliss became the winningest coach in New Mexico history as the No. 19 Lobos beat Centenary.

Bliss, with a record of 176-83, surpassed Bob King's mark of 175-89.

No. 20 Indiana 74, Evansville 73

At New York, Andrae Patterson hit a baseline jumper at the buzzer to give No. 20 Indiana a victory over Evansville in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT.

The Hoosiers (4-0), who led 72-64 with 21/2 minutes to play, scored after inbounding the ball with 1.2 seconds left. Freshman A.J. Guyton inbounded from in front of the Indiana bench and found Patterson on the left side. Patterson, who finished with 20 points, caught the ball and shot in one motion and the buzzer sounded as the ball was in the air.