Zags beat Duke in Maui Invitational Final

By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher

The No. 3 Gonzaga Bulldogs upset the No. 1 Duke Blue Devils on Wednesday. The Bulldogs won 89-87 over the Blue Devils in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational Final at the Lahaina Civic Center in Maui, Hawai’i.

This is the first win for the Bulldogs over an Associated Press No. 1 ranked team in program history. In addition, this snapped the Blue Devils undefeated streak in this tournament, who was previously 17-0.

Gonzaga Bulldogs star Zach Norvell Jr. drives to the basket against the Florida State Seminoles
Zach Norvell Jr. drives to the basket against the Florida State Seminoles (Getty Images)

Previously, they won the tournament in five appearances.

Gonzaga improved to 6-0 on the season. Duke suffered its first loss, as they fell to 5-1 on the season.

The Bulldogs led by double-digits in the game. Yet, the Blue Devils young talent never quit despite being down.

Duke had a potential last-chance shot after Gonzaga missed free throws. However, the Bulldogs blocked Barrett’s attempt for the win

Rui Hachimura led the Bulldogs with 20 points. He also had seven rebounds, five assists, and three blocks.

Hachimura was one of four Gonzaga players, who scored in double-figures. Zach Norvell Jr. had 18 points, while Brandon Clarke had 17.

Filip Petrusev also had 11 points.

The Bulldogs had 19 bench points. Petrusev led the bench with his aforementioned 11 points. He also had one assist and one block.

R.J. Barrett led the Blue Devils with 23 points. He also had seven rebounds, two assists, one steal, and one block.

Barrett was one of four Duke players, who scored in double-digits. Zion Williamson had 22 points and Tre Jones had 17 points.

Cam Reddish had 10 points. These four freshman accounted for 78 points.

The Blue Devils had nine bench points. Javin DeLaurier led the bench which six points, six rebounds, and one block.

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