The Orange won their 9th game overall in Maui history, with only Duke going 15-0 in five prior trips to the Island.
A blistering 12 of 15 start from the field doomed Baylor in the first 8 minutes of play. A balanced scoring attack proved to be too much in the end for Scott Drew’s bunch to overcome.
The final score ended up being 74-67, but it was really indicative of how the game was played on the Big Island.
Elsewhere on the Mainland…
At the renovated Madison Square Garden in NYC, Arizona outlasted Drexel 66-62 and Jabari Parker went nuts for Duke in a convincing 74-64 win. That should set up for hopefully an interesting title tilt come Friday at 6 p.m. Eastern time on ESPN.
Also worth noting on this Turkey Eve 2013, Kentucky won its’ 500th regular season game at Rupp Arena outlasting Eastern Michigan 81-63. The 37 year old arena in Lexington is of course, named after Hall of Fame Coach Adolph Rupp. UK was nursing a slim three point lead at 35-32 at intermission. When the second half started, 7:08 had elapsed when John Calipari’s bunch ran off to a double digit lead and never looked back. It grew as large as 21 with 2:39 left in the contest.
Kentucky also controlled the rebounding, nearly doubling the Eagles on the glass 52-33 (included 19 offensive boards leading to 23 second-chance points). The Wildcats’ only glaring weakness was 20 turnovers leading to 18 Eagles points.
I will try my best to update the blog during the second half of the holiday weekend.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving holiday.