Notre Dame played the way it needed to against a DII school, but will get a much bigger test in the semifinals. Yes, they took care of business, with a final score of 102-64, but a win over a DII school does nothing for the team. The Wolverines' 6-11 junior forward Moritz Wagner completed a 3-point play with 1:11 to play, and hit a 3-pointer with 13 seconds left as they closed out what was a tight game throughout, for fifth place in the Maui Invitational. "We felt our program was one of those programs now that deserved to be on the Maui wall here, and I'm thrilled that it'll be there".
"I'm thrilled that it will be there, and we'll be back in four years.to check it out when it's up on the wall".
And, to start the game, MI was characteristically sure with the ball - the team committed just one turnover in the first half.
Their first Maui title came with a little luck of the Irish.
"We came out with nearly some spite to us after last night's loss", MI coach John Beilein said.
Notre Dame (6-0) trailed by as many as 16 points but found its shooting touch in the second half to get back in the game.
Notre Dame's Matt Farrell had a driving layup blocked, but a jump ball followed and the Irish had possession.
Rowsey, quiet to that point, hit a 3-pointer during the run and later hit three free throws after getting yet another defender to bite on an up-fake shooting a 3.
Marquette has three unsafe scorers and trying to stop all of them will be hard for any team facing the Golden Eagles.
"We fight, we give it all every game", said Bonzi Colson, who finished with 25 points and 11 rebounds.
Marquette v VCU. PC Maui Jim Maui Invitational 2017
His 39 points was just four points shy of the Maui Invitational record set by Gonzaga's Adam Morrison in 2005.
Wichita State's Austin Reaves missed the front end of a one-and-one, giving Notre Dame one last possession.
Against Chaminade, Beilein was able to empty his bench, but the other two games were more telling in what the rotation may look like moving forward. "Although we fell short, third place is pretty good".
Cal (2-2) harassed the Shockers into mistakes and missed shots, building the lead to nine by halftime and 18 within 4½ minutes of the second half. Can Notre Dame continue to be efficient offensively against Wichita State's stingy defense?
The Rams will press, as VCU is known for, and although MI hasn't quite figured out its point guard situation, the turnover count has remained low.
Trailing all night, the Irish were back in it - and made the most of it with a strong finish and two big free throws.
Wichita State Shockers head coach Gregg Marshall yells to players during the game against College of Charleston in Koch arena. Wichita State will try and bring similar pressure, so the Irish will need to navigate those pressures better this time around if the team wants to secure a win.
U-of-M opened with a 77-75 loss to LSU on Monday and will wrap up play in Maui this afternoon in a consolation game against Virginia Commonwealth University.
"Obviously, you could tell by the way we reacted, that was a huge win for us, huge", Wade said after the game. "Guard your man. We take away certain things and we belly-up. Somebody helped, and they were smart and looked for them". Wichita State returns home to host Savannah State on November 28 before traveling to No. 22 Baylor on December 2.
Chaminade plays the Michigan-LSU loser.