No. 5 Bruins Advance To Finals Of Maui Invitational
Nov. 21, 2006
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - Luc Richard Mbah a Moute scored 18 points despite playing the final 8 1/2 minutes with four fouls, leading No. 5 UCLA to a 73-68 victory over No. 20 Kentucky on Tuesday night in the semifinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
The Bruins (3-0) will play No. 19 Georgia Tech in the championship game Wednesday night. The Yellow Jackets overcame a 16-point halftime deficit in a 92-85 victory over No. 12 Memphis.
Mbah A Moute scored six of UCLA's last 10 points, ignoring the foul trouble to go inside for the first four points and then throwing down a dunk on the break to make it 69-65 with 25 seconds to play.
Kentucky (3-1) got to 71-68 on a layup by Randolph Morris with 2 seconds to go, but Arron Afflalo, who struggled from the field all game, made two free throws with .6 seconds to go for the final margin.
Afflalo finished with 14 points on 5-for-18 shooting, including 1-for-8 from 3-point range, while Lorenzo Mata added 12 points and 11 rebounds.
Joe Crawford had 16 points for the Wildcats, while freshman guard Derrick Jasper had 12 points and nine rebounds.