Brigham Young 73, Memphis St. 67 OT
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) _ Kevin Nixon, the hero of Brigham Young’s first-round win in the Maui Invitational with a buzzer shot, came through almost a minute earlier Tuesday night as his 3-pointer gave the Cougars the lead for good in a 73-67 overtime victory over Memphis State.
The Cougars (7-1) will play top-ranked Duke, a 96-67 winner over Louisiana State, in Wednesday night’s championship game.
Brigham Young’s win offset the 37-point performance of Anfernee Hardaway, who bettered his career high for the second straight game. The 6-foot-8 swingman had 33 points on Monday. He had six 3-pointers against Brigham Young, one less than the school record he set in the opening round.
Hardaway, who had 28 points in the second half, started the overtime with a three-point play on an alley-oop dunk. That gave the Tigers (3-4) a 66-63 lead. A free throw by Rodney Newson with 3:37 left made it a 4-point lead.
Nick Sanderson’s 3-pointer brought Brigham Young within 1 with 1:58 left and it was Hardaway’s turnover that gave the ball back to the Cougars.
The 6-8 Nixon, who hit a rebound basket from the foul line for a 76-75 win over No. 9 Oklahoma on Monday, then drilled a 3-pointer from the right side with 56 seconds to play.
Hardaway missed a 3-pointer with 39 seconds left, but Kelvin Allen grabbed the rebound for the Tigers. Thirteen seconds later Sanderson stripped the ball from Hardaway near the foul line and went the length of the court for a layup.
Hardaway missed another 3 with 12 seconds left and the Cougars’ Russell Larson ended the game with a backward dunk.
Gary Trost led the Cougars, who dominated inside throughout the game, with 16 points, while Sanderson had 15 and Nixon 14.
Newson, with 12 points, was the only other Memphis State player in double figures.