Duke is still the king of Maui. Tyler Thornton made sure of it.
Thornton capped a thrilling game between basketball behemoths, hitting an off-balance 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to give the sixth-ranked Blue Devils enough cushion to finish off a 68-61 win over No. 14 Kansas for its fifth Maui Invitational title.
Thornton hit one 3-pointer with 1:10 left and gave the Blue Devils the cushion they needed with his second, the shot clock winding down, a host of Jayhawks in his face.
Thornton's big 3s kept Duke (7-0) undefeated in Maui Invitational at 15-0.
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.
Unleashing an array of alley-oops, 3-pointers and teeth-jarring picks, they never let the other get too far ahead, with 16 lead changes and 12 ties.
It, of course, came down to a thrilling finish.
Thornton provided the final fireworks, hitting his first 3-pointe...