Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

College Basketball: No. 4 North Carolina Wins Maui Invitational

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

College Basketball: No. 4 North Carolina Wins Maui Invitational

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Kennedy Meeks had 15 points and a career-high 16 rebounds, Joel Berry II scored 22 points and No. 4 North Carolina ran away from No. 16 Wisconsin 71-56 on Wednesday night to win its fourth Maui Invitational title, in Lahaina, Hawaii.

The long, athletic Tar Heels (7-0) ran roughshod through the deep Maui field, so good in the semifinals that Oklahoma State coach Brad Underwood called them the "best team in the country."

North Carolina looked the part again in the title game, dominating Wisconsin (4-2) at both ends of the court.

The Tar Heels held the Badgers to 38 percent shooting and harassed their leading scorer, Bronson Koenig, into a 1-for-13 night.

And there's this: After their three previous three Maui titles, the Tar Heels went on to win two national championships and reach the Final Four the other time.

Isaiah Hicks had 15 points for North Carolina and Justin Jackson added 12.

Vitto Brown led Wisconsin with 15 points and Ethan Happ had 13.

North Carolina rolled over Chaminade and Oklahoma State in the first two Maui rounds, winning by a combined 75 points and looking like a national title contender.

Wisconsin reached the title game by pulling away from Tennessee and dominating Georgetown on the glass.

No. 13 Oregon tops UConn * Chris Boucher scored 21 points, Tyler Dorsey added 19 and No. 13 Oregon beat Connecticut 79-69 on Wednesday in the fifth-place game of the Maui Invitational.

Oregon (4-2) lost its opener to Georgetown, but bounced back with an overtime victory over Tennessee on Dillon Brooks' long 3- pointer. The Ducks wanted to get off to a fast start in their Maui finale and did just that, racing to a 15-point lead in the opening 4 1/2 minutes.

UConn (2-4) chipped into the lead by halftime, but the Ducks started flying again, building the lead back up to 17.

Dylan Ennis added 15 points for Oregon, which shot 54 percent and made 9 of 21 from 3-point range.

Jalen Adams led the Huskies with 27 points and Rodney Purvis had 13.

Oklahoma State beat Georgetown 97-90 in the third-place game.

No. 10 Louisville wins in OT * Donovan Mitchell scored all 17 of his points after halftime to help No. 10 Louisville hold off Old Dominion 68-62 in overtime in Wednesday's final game of the first day at the Battle 4 Atlantis in Paradise Island, Bahamas. …

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