LAHAINA, Hawaii — Talen Horton-Tucker had 26 points and 14 rebounds, Michael Jacobson added 23 points and Iowa State ran away from Illinois in the second half for an 84-68 victory Tuesday in the Maui Invitational.
Down to eight scholarship players because of injuries and suspensions, Iowa State (4-1) bounced back from an opening loss to No. 3 Gonzaga with a strong game at both ends.
The Cyclones used their pressure defense to keep it close in the first half, then went on an 18-2 run early in the second to build a nine-point lead. Iowa State kept boosting the lead from there, making 16 of 28 shots to earn a spot in Wednesday's fifth-place game against San Diego State.
Trent Frazier had 15 points to lead Illinois (1-3), which will face Xavier in the seventh-place game.
San Diego State 79, Xavier 74
Jalen McDaniels scored 25 points, Devin Watson added 21 and San Diego State held off Xavier to earn a spot in the Maui Invitational fifth-place game.
San Diego State (3-1) was blown out by top-ranked Duke in its Maui opener and fell behind by 19 early against Xavier (2-3). The Aztecs answered with a 19-3 run to pull within three by halftime and had an early 16-2 run in the second half to go up 58-49.
Xavier took No. 8 Auburn to overtime in its Maui opener and rallied against San Diego State, pulling within 64-63 with three minutes left.
The Aztecs pushed the lead back to six and hit 10 of 12 free throws in the final 47 seconds to face Iowa State on Wednesday.
Quentin Goodin led Xavier with 20 points.
Monday's Illini game
Gonzaga knew it would have a tough time against Illinois' frenetic style of play.
It took the Zags some time to figure it out and they still needed some big plays down the stretch.
Rui Hachimura scored 23 points, Zach Norvell Jr. added 15 and No. 3 Gonzaga held off Illinois 84-78.
Gonzaga (4-0) overcame 22 turnovers by shooting 52 percent.
"They're a team that brings a lot of adversity," Gonzaga coach Mark Few said. "When you are strong with it (the ball) and shoot a high percent, that's what ends up giving it to you."
Gonzaga went up 13 in the second half and withstood Illinois' 10-0 run to lead nine with 97 seconds left.
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The Illini weren't done, though.
Alan Griffin hit a 3-pointer and Trent Frazier scored on a four-point play to pull the Illini within 80-78.
Illinois forced Gonzaga into a difficult shot and got the ball back with 30 seconds left, but Frazier air-balled a long 3-pointer.
Gonzaga's Jeremy Jones hit two free throws to seal the win.
Frazier scored 27 of his 29 points in the second half and Giorgi Bezhanishvili added 17 for Illinois.
"I started feeling it when we started getting a few stops," said Frazier, who had a career-high 32 last year in a loss to Wisconsin. "I saw a few balls go in. Obviously, I got going.
"I don't think offense was our problem tonight. We can score easily on anybody. Down the stretch, we didn't get enough stops. That was the problem. We kept fouling. We kept putting them on the free-throw line where they kept getting free points."
Frazier, who missed last week's game with Georgetown because of a concussion, did show any ill effects.
"He made some big shots tonight, some really, really big shots," Few said.
For Gonzaga, Brandon Clarke had five blocks.
"There's not a better defensive player in the country than the Clarke kid," Illinois coach Brad Underwood said. "He's sensational. We tried everything we could do to get him out of the action.
"I think we grew up a little bit tonight. I will take that effort every single night."
Gonzaga was 23-of-35 at the charity stripe, including making 15-of-23 in the second half. Illinois was just 14-of-19 at the foul line for the entire game.
"We couldn't keep them off the line," Underwood said. "That was really, really frustrating."
While Underwood saw some positives, he was quick to point out that it wasn't good enough.
"I'm never going to be satisfied with a close loss to a ranked team," he said. "Our program is better than that, and I expect more than that."