Overmatched and undermanned, Arizona State gave No. 2 Kansas a major scare in the semifinals of the Preseason NIT Wednesday night in New York, pushing the Jayhawks into overtime before surrendering 90-88.
Kansas' 20th straight November victory over eight seasons moved the Jayhawks into the Friday night's final against Florida State, which knocked off No. 11 Connecticut in the first game of the doubleheader at Madison Square Garden.The Jayhawks needed a 3-pointer by Billy Thomas - a shot that bounced high off the rim, backboard and in - with 11 seconds left in the extra period to win the game.
NO. 8 KENTUCKY 77, MISSOURI 55: At Lahaina, Hawaii, Jamaal Magloire had 18 points, 17 rebounds and five blocked shots as the Wildcats recovered from an embarrassing loss to top-ranked Arizona.
The victory in the third-place game came one night after Kentucky (3-1) fell 89-74 to Arizona in a rematch of last season's national title game.
FLORIDA ST. 67, NO. 11 CONNECTICUT 60: At New York, LaMarr Greer missed seven of his first eight shots from the field, but his 3-pointer with 1:21 to play propelled the Seminoles to the final of the Preseason NIT.
NO. 12 FRESNO St. 90, LSU 65: At Fresno, Calif., even though his Fresno State team remained unbeaten, Jerry Tarkanian was only mildly satisfied. "We're just feeling our way offensively," Tarkanian said following the Bulldogs' win over Louisiana State.
NO. 3 DUKE 95, NO. 1 ARIZONA 87: At Lahaina, Hawaii, No. 3 Duke had to hold off top-ranked Arizona down the stretch for the victory in the championship game of the Maui Invitational.
NO. 6 PURDUE 92, ALABAMA-BIRMINGHAM 64: At Anchorage, Alaska, the sixth-ranked Boilermakers led the whole way and got double-figure scoring from four starters in a 92-64 win over the Blazers in the opening round of the Great Alaska Shootout.