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Ellis 9 of 12 as Jayhawks roll in Maui

(AP Photo/Rick Bowmer)

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Kansas gave itself a nice, easy path to the championship game of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

The fifth-ranked Jayhawks, who won their first-round game by a tournament-record 51 points, cruised past UCLA 92-73 on Tuesday night in the semifinals and will face No. 19 Vanderbilt in the title game Wednesday.

The Commodores weren't exactly tested in their two games, with a 37-point opening win and an 86-64 victory over Wake Forest in the semifinals.


NCAA lessens Syracuse's penalty

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) The NCAA has lessened its punishment of Syracuse University, reducing the penalty of lost basketball scholarships by four.

The NCAA Infractions Appeals Committee ruled that the total reduction of scholarships will be eight over four years rather than 12.


No. 2 Terps pull away from Illinois St.

PUERTO AVENTURAS, Mexico (AP) Maryland is getting used to playing from behind in the second half.

Rasheed Sulaimon scored 18 points and Melo Trimble had 15 to help No. 2 Maryland beat Illinois State 77-66 on Tuesday night in the Cancun Challenge.


UNC closes on 21-3 run to beat K-State

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) North Carolina coach Roy Williams runs a drill in practice designed to mimic exactly what the Tar Heels faced against Kansas State, an eight-point deficit in the closing minutes.

Those practices rarely end as perfectly as the game did Tuesday night.


Labissiere's 16 help Kentucky win by 20

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) Top-ranked Kentucky was less-than-impressive in its season debut at No. 1. Still, the Wildcats remained undefeated.

Freshman center Skal Labissiere scored 16 points to lead Kentucky past Boston University 82-62 on Tuesday night, one day after the Wildcats took over the top spot in The Associated Press poll.


No. 19 Vandy reaches Maui title game

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Vanderbilt has reached the championship game of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational without really being tested.

Wade Baldwin IV and Damian Jones both scored 17 points, and the No. 19 Commodores used their size, depth and shooting to beat Wake Forest 86-64 on Tuesday night.


Indiana bounces back to beat St. John's

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Less than 24 hours after a tough, last-second loss, No. 13 Indiana found a way to get back on the winning track.

Senior point guard Yogi Ferrell and freshman center Thomas Bryant had a lot to do with that in an 83-73 victory over St. John's on Tuesday in the consolation round of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.


Simmons fouls out as LSU goes down in OT

NEW YORK (AP) Ben Simmons did not impact the game with his shooting. His passing might have had even more of an impact if LSU was able to make more plays.

He had 10 assists and 14 rebounds for his fourth double-double, but the 22nd-ranked Tigers were handed an 83-72 loss by N.C. State Tuesday night in the consolation game of the Legends Classic.


Hield scores 22 as No. 7 Oklahoma rolls

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) Buddy Hield is on a pretty neat pace: nearly a point per minute.

The preseason first-team All-American kept it up Tuesday night, scoring 22 points in 22 minutes to help No. 7 Oklahoma defeat Incarnate Word 96-63.


No. 24 Cincinnati improves to 5-0

CINCINNATI (AP) For the first time all season, No. 24 Cincinnati had a game on its hands in the final minutes. The Bearcats started playing like a ranked team.

Troy Caupain and Jacob Evans III scored 15 points apiece and led a closing surge that carried poor-shooting Cincinnati to a 64-49 victory over Southeastern Louisiana on Tuesday night.

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