No. 6 Jayhawks too much for Arizona
Marcus Morris had 16 points and nine rebounds, while his twin brother Markieff added 15 points to lead No. 6 Kansas to an 87-79 victory over a feisty Arizona team Saturday night in the championship game of the Las Vegas Invitational.
Derrick Williams had 27 points and eight rebounds for the Wildcats (5-1), but he fouled out with 2:27 left in the game and Arizona never got closer than five points after that.
Reserve Thomas Robinson added 14 points and Tyrel Reed had 13 for the Jayhawks (6-0). Marcus Morris, who was selected the tournament's MVP, played with four fouls over the last 7:13, yet didn't foul out.
This was the second time Kansas won the four-game Invitational, also doing it in 2006 when the Jayhawks beat eventual national champion Florida in overtime in the championship game.
Trailing 44-39 at halftime, the Wildcats chipped away and Williams put Marcus Morris on the bench with his fourth foul on a three-point play with 16:11 left, cutting it to 51-47. Arizona took its first lead at 52-51 on a layup by Solomon Hill with 15:07 left. The Wildcats led 60-56 with 9:28 left, but Kansas scored the next nine points and never trailed again.
Kyle Fogg added 18 points and Lamont Jones had 11 for the Wildcats, who committed 19 turnovers to Kansas' 12.
Tyshawn Taylor and Travis Releford both added 10 points for Kansas.
The Jayhawks were 31 of 57 from the field (54 percent), while Arizona was 27 of 60 (45 percent).
Kansas put on a clinic early, taking a 31-15 lead with 11:21 left in the first half and shooting over 70 percent. The Jayhawks led throughout the half, but Arizona withstood the early run and only trailed 44-39 at halftime thanks to Jordin Mayes' three-pointer with five seconds left.
In the half, the Jayhawks shot 18 of 30 from the field (60 percent), while the Wildcats were 13 of 28 (46 percent).
This was the seventh meeting between the schools since 2001. They split the previous six, including the last meeting when the Wildcats won 84-67 on Dec. 23, 2008, in Tucson, Ariz.