No. 13 Oregon beats UConn 79-69 for fifth in Maui
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) 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 had 15 points and Jordan Bell added 12 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 added 13.
The Ducks attacked the Huskies from the opening tip, scoring the game's first 10 points, racing out to an 18-point lead.
UConn coach Kevin Ollie called a timeout 41 seconds into the game and Adams, the Huskies' leading scorer, headed to the bench at 17:03 after picking up his second foul
Oregon pushed the lead to 21, but the Huskies came roaring back.
UConn started hitting shots it was missing earlier, while the Ducks went more than 8 minutes without a field goal, trimming the lead to 39-28 by halftime.
Oregon revved up again to start the second half, hitting 5 of its first 7 shots to push the lead to 53-34.
UConn had one more run. The Huskies whittled away at the lead and got it down to eight with 3 minutes left, but couldn't make up any more ground.
Oregon finished the Maui Invitational with a flourish after a dud of a start. The Ducks should get better as Brooks, their leader, builds up stamina in his return from offseason foot surgery.
UConn's young team is still trying to gel. The Huskies struggled against Oklahoma State's pressure in the opener, Chaminade's perimeter shooting the next game and the Ducks' flock of athletes in the finale.
UConn hosts Boston University on Nov. 30.
Oregon hosts Boise State on Monday.