Dayton 80, No. 12 Connecticut 66
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) _ Senior forward Yuanta Holland scored a career-high 24 points to lead Dayton to an 80-66 victory over No. 12 Connecticut on Monday in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.
The Flyers, who opened a season against a ranked team for the first time, will meet top-ranked Arizona in Tuesday’s semifinals. Arizona beat Chaminade 97-57 Monday.
Holland, who averaged 8.6 points last season, dominated Connecticut’s front line in besting his previous career high of 21 points against La Salle as a sophomore. He was 9-of-12 from the field and had six rebounds.
Dayton opened a 22-11 lead only to see the Huskies (1-1) take a 35-33 lead with 3:11 left in the first half. Dayton was up 39-37 at halftime and then broke it open again with a 10-4 run to start the second half. Holland put in a rebound and had a three-point play on a move down low as part of a 19-5 run that gave Dayton a 74-52 lead with 6:32 left.
Tony Stanley was 4-for-9 from 3-point range and added 22 points for the Flyers, while Nate Green had 11 points and 12 rebounds.
Albert Mouring had 16 points and Tony Robertson added 15 points for the Huskies, who were playing without starters Caron Butler and Souleymane Wane, who are both serving three-game suspensions from the NCAA. Both players will be eligible to return for Wednesday’s game in this tournament.