Kansas didn't expect the first 3-pointer from Tyler Thornton. The Jayhawks couldn't believe his second long jumper.
Tyler hit one 3-pointer to give Duke the lead and dropped in another with the shot clock winding down and the Jayhawks in his face, sending No. 14 Kansas to a 68-61 loss and the sixth-ranked Blue Devils to their fifth Maui Invitational title Wednesday night.
Thornton, who had taken nine shots all season, surprised Kansas (3-2) when he made a 3-pointer with 1:10 left to put the Blue Devils up two. He followed with another did-he-just-do-that one with 20 seconds left, sending the crowd into a frenzy while keeping Duke (7-0) undefeated in Maui Invitational at 15-0.
''We couldn't have guarded him any better,'' Kansas coach Bill Self said. ''That was unbelievable.''
The Blue Devils and Jayhawks went toe-to-toe from the start, electrifying the crowd with the kind of compelling counterpunching you'd expect from blue blood programs.
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