Shakur leads Arizona past Kansas
Lahaina, HI (Sports Network) – Mustafa Shakur scored 13 points and Chris
Rodgers added 12 points, as ninth-ranked Arizona opened its season with a
61-49 victory over Kansas in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.
Hassan Adams added 10 points for the Wildcats (1-0), who overcame 28.3 percent
shooting from the field to advance to the semifinals against third-ranked
Connecticut. UConn beat Arkansas, 77-68, Monday night.
The Wildcats are participating in this tournament for a fourth time and won it
the last time they were in Maui in 2000. However, they were fortunate to get
out of their first game with a win, as the starting five of Adams, Ivan
Radenovic, Isaiah Fox, Chris Rodgers and Shakur combined to shoot 10-for-44
from the field.
However, Arizona went to the foul line 33 times and made 23 of those shots,
while Kansas (1-1) was just 7-of-12 from the charity stripe and committed 27
Sasha Kaun had 12 points and Brandon Rush added 11 points and seven rebounds
for the Jayhawks, who were coming off a 90-66 win over Idaho State on Friday.
C.J. Giles had 10 rebounds for Kansas, which managed to shoot just 33.9
percent from the floor and went 7-of-27 in the second half.
Arizona actually also hit just seven shots in the second half (7-of-25), but
never trailed in the game. The Wildcats scored the first seven points and led
11-2 early on.
A three-pointer by Adams extended the advantage to 20-4 with 11:53 left until
halftime, but the Jayhawks rallied and closed the gap to 35-29 at the break.
Kansas managed to tie the contest as Mario Chalmers’ bucket evened the contest
at 41 with 11:32 remaining. However, Arizona scored the next five points and
used a 9-1 spurt later in the half to forge a 55-44 cushion 4:51 remaining.
Bret Brielmaier’s two free throws capped the spurt, and Kansas couldn’t get
closer than six points the rest of the way.
Kansas holds a 6-3 series advantage in the all-time series… Arizona has a
record of 78-20 in season openers, including a 20-3 mark under Lute Olson.
That includes a 9-0 mark in neutral-site games.