Ballo leads Arizona past Creighton winning Maui title 81-79

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Ballo leads Arizona past Creighton winning Maui title 81-79

Ballo posted career highs in points and rebounds, finishing up a dominant performance in the Maui Invitational as No. 14 Arizona edged No. 10 Creighton 81-79 on Wednesday afternoon in Lahaina, Hawaii. The 7-footer had 30 points on 14-of-17 shooting and 13 rebounds, helping the Wildcats (6-0) survive another round of foul trouble and a late push by the Blue Jays (6-1).

For the tourney, Ballo made 27 of 34 shots and finished with 63 points and 32 rebounds to win MVP honors.

The UA led 81-72 on a Ballo dunk with 2:21 left before missing its final three shots and having a shot clock violation. That allowed Creighton to rally, getting within three with 46 seconds left, and the Blue Jays had a chance to tie in the final seconds but Arizona fouled

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Ballo was a beast. The team showed grit when it counted the most. Proud of this team !  BTFD AZ !

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