Huskies hold off Utah upset bid

Published 12:00 am Monday, November 29, 2004

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Nate Robinson helped stake No. 22 Washington to a big lead early Thursday night against Utah, then helped stave off an upset at the end.

Robinson scored 29 points, including eight in the final five minutes, and the Huskies defeated Utah 78-71 in the quarterfinals of the Great Alaska Shootout.

After the Utes tied the game at 66-all with 2:50 left, the Huskies scored nine consecutive points to take control. Robinson, held to two points for nearly 15 minutes of the second half, hit three big baskets down the stretch to thwart Utah’s rally.

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Utah’s Andrew Bogut, a 7-foot center who is also a member of Australia’s Olympic team, scored 23 points, including 19 in the second half as the Utes erased an 11-point deficit. He also led the Utes with 12 rebounds.

Brandon Roy added 25 points for Washington (2-0). The Huskies will face Oklahoma in the semifinals Friday night. The Sooners beat High Point 93-65.

Robinson hit his first five 3-point attempts en route to 19 first-half points.

He was also part of a suffocating defense that forced three turnovers and two five-second violations in the first five minutes as Washington charged to a 16-3 lead. Utah (1-1) attempted just six shots in the first eight minutes.

North Carolina 105,

Iowa 92

LAHAINA, Hawaii — Raymond Felton did everything to get North Carolina another Maui Invitational championship.

The junior point guard ran the offense as he always does, defended the opponent’s best backcourt player as he always does and even threw in a couple of highlight-tape moves in the 11th-ranked Tar Heels’ 106-92 victory over Iowa on Wednesday night.

Oh, and he did it all one day after his hurting his left wrist.

&uot;I was in pain the whole time, but I just forgot about it,&uot; Felton said. &uot;I love my teammates to death, the coaching staff, Coach Williams. I’ll always give them 100 percent.&uot;

It was the fourth Maui Invitational title game in as many appearances for the Tar Heels (3-1) and they headed back to the mainland with a second championship trophy. And even though Rashad McCants had 22 points, Felton was the main reason, so he was selected the tournament MVP.

His stats weren’t overly impressive — 13 points, nine assists, five rebounds and four steals — but it was the defensive job he did on Iowa’s Jeff Horner that set the tone for the Tar Heels.

Horner averaged 22.5 points in the first two games for the Hawkeyes (3-1), shooting 22-for-40 from the field. Felton, playing with a bandage on his left wrist, just wouldn’t let Horner get the ball where he wanted it.