Kansas scored the game’s first 18 points and the No. 2 Jayhawks rolled to an easy 82-53 men’s basketball victory over LSU in the first round of the Maui Invitational in Lahaina, Hawaii, on Monday night.
Jerod Haase scored six points, Paul Pierce five and Scot Pollard four in the spurt as the Jayhawks (2-0) opened an early 25-5 lead.
Kansas dominated the Tigers (1-1) in every facet in the opening half, and the Jayhawks’ swarming man-to-man defense limited LSU to 9 of 35 shooting from the field in the first 20 minutes.
LSU didn’t score until 6:35 had elapsed in the first half when Gene Nabors scored on a follow shot.
Raef LaFrentz had 23 points to lead Kansas, which will meet the Iowa-California winner in the next round.
(3) Wake Forest 86, The Citadel 52
At Charleston, S.C., Tim Duncan had 21 points, 12 rebounds and did just about whatever he wanted as the Demon Deacons (2-0) blew past the Bulldogs (0-1).
Duncan, Wake’s do-everything center, hit 8 of 9 from the floor for the half, pulled down rebounds and coached his teammates.
One time, Duncan grabbed the ball after a missed shot, dribbled his 6-foot-10 body from the baseline to the 3-point circle, passed to point guard Tony Rutland and urged his friend to, “Pump it, pump it.”
Duncan’s double-double was the 60th of his career.
(14) N. Carolina 86, Richmond 75
At Chapel Hill, N.C., Shammond Williams scored eight points in a key second-half run and Antawn Jamison added 12 in the final 7:22 as the Tar Heels (1-1) struggled to beat the Spiders (0-1) for the second straight season.
(15) U-Mass 59, Chaminade 48
At Lahaina, Hawaii, Tyrone Weeks scored 19 points and Carmelo Travieso had 16, giving James Flint his first coaching victory.
Weeks, who is expected to pick up part of the slack left by the loss of All-American Marcus Camby, keyed a 13-0 run in the first half that put the Minutemen safely ahead.
(23) BC 82, New Hamshire 40
At Boston, Danya Abrams scored 16 points before leaving with a bruised knee and the Eagles (2-0) coasted past the Wildcats (1-1).
The game took place shortly after the resignation of Boston College football coach Dan Henning was announced just a few feet away. And the victory was a welcome respite from the controversy that has surrounded the BC athletic department since 13 football players were suspended for gambling.
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