KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) -UCLA freshman Kevin Love is proving to be a quick learner.
Love adjusted after being frustrated by Maryland's early physical play, scoring 18 points and grabbing 16 rebounds to help second-ranked UCLA overcome a sloppy first half in a 71-59 victory over Maryland on Monday night in the semifinals of the CBE Classic.
UCLA (4-0) had just eight scholarship players in uniform due to injuries to several key players and it showed early with numerous turnovers and bad shots. But the Bruins, led by Love's crisp passing against Maryland's press, settled things down by the second half.
Maryland (3-1) struggled its past two games, barely beating Hampton and Northeastern. The Terrapins had even more problems against UCLA, falling into an early hole, thanks to poor shooting and even worse ball handling, that they never fully recovered from.
Greivis Vasquez led the Terrapins with 18 points and Bambale Osby added 13.
No. 11 Marquette 74, Chaminade 63
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - Jerel McNeal scored eight of his 22 points in a late 11-2 run that let Marquette hold off upset-minded Chaminade in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
Chaminade, the Division II host of this eight-team tournament, was able to get within three points in the second half, immediately bringing to mind the Silverswords' shocking upset of Virginia almost 25 years ago.
But McNeal keyed the deciding run with a tip-in of a missed free throw and three baskets on the break to let the Golden Eagles get some breathing room and avoid the upset.
The Golden Eagles (3-0) will face the winner of the LSU-Oklahoma State game in the semifinals on Tuesday.
Lazar Hayward added 15 points for Marquette, which is making its first appearance on Maui, while Dominic James and David Cubbilan both had 11.
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