Las Vegas, NV – Wisconsin topped St. Mary’s 61-55 to win the 2021 Maui Invitational tournament. Johnny Davis continued hie excellent play, leading the Badgers with 20 points. Davis was named the tournament MVP. Tyler Wahl added 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting with five rebounds to help Wisconsin to the win. Alex Ducas led the Gaels with 13 points and Daniel Fotu had another strong game with 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting.
St. Mary’s led early, taking a 31-25 lead into the break. Then they expanded their lead to ten points (37-27) early in the second half before Wisconsin mounted their comeback. Davis scored eight straight points for the Badgers, the last three coming on a 3 that gave them a two-point lead with 5:12 remaining. St. Mary’s kept it close, closing with one, (54-53) on a Ducas three-pointer with 1:47 left. Wahl then came up big at the end hitting a jumper, blocking a shot, coming up with the rebound and making two free throws to clinch the contest.
The third-place game was no contest as Oregon continued their offensive woes in a 78-49 loss to Houston. The Cougars, who play excellent defense and are strong on the boards, are a very bad match-up for a team that appears to be very confused and reluctant on offense. 6-8 Fabian White Jr. led the Cougars with 15 points, including 3-of-5 from deep, and seven rebounds. Marcus Sasser added 14 points and Jamal Shead dished out six assists and some great defense.
Houston put the game away at the start with a 13-3 lead that gradually expanded their lead to 35-14 after White Jr. scored eight straight points including two three-pointers. Oregon’s offensive first half was brutal, shooting 30 percent and committing 11 turnovers. Their starting backcourt of Will Richardson and De’Vion Harmon combined for two points over 34 minutes on 0-of-6 shooting. Houston led 41-19 at the half and then proceeded to score the first 12 points of the second half. The Ducks offense looked a bit better after that but they still couldn’t keep up with the Cougars.
Oregon committed 19 turnovers in the game which Houston used to generate a 29-11 edge in points off turnovers. They had an 11-4 edge in offensive rebounds which at one point was 10-1. Houston also dominated in the paint with a smaller team, outscoring the Ducks there 40-22. Eric Williams Jr. was the only Oregon player remotely effective on offense, scoring 13 points on 5-of-11 shooting.
In the consolation games, Butler topped Chaminade 84-51 to take seventh place and Texas A&M outscored Notre Dame by 16 points in the second half in a 73-67 win to claim fifth place.
Johnny Davis was joined on the All-Tournament team by Wisconsin teammate Tyler Wahl, Daniel Fotu and Logan Johnson (St. Mary’s) and Fabian White Jr. (Houston).