Originally posted on The Dagger  |  Last updated 11/24/11
In the wake of one of the best title games in the 28-year history of the Maui Invitational, joyous Duke fans at the Lahaina Civic Center chanted the name of a little-known guard much of America likely hadn't heard of prior to Wednesday. Yes, Tyler Thornton, this was your night. Thornton did not have a basket until the final 75 seconds of Duke's 68-61 victory over Kansas when he sank a pair of improbable threes that provided the Blue Devils the cushion they needed to capture the championship. The first was a gutsy shot from the left corner with 1:10 left to transform a one-point Duke deficit into a two-point lead. The second was a desperate scissor-kicking heave from the opposite corner as the shot clock expired, extending the lead to five with 21 seconds left and setting off a wild fist-pumping celebration on the Blue Devils bench. By defeating 14th-ranked Kansas, revenge-minded Michigan and better-than-advertised Tennessee the past three nights, Duke maintained its mastery of Mau...
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