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Sean Jones sank the go-ahead 3-pointer with 36 seconds to play as No. 4 Marquette pulled out a 71-69 win over UCLA on Monday in the first round of the Maui Invitational at Honolulu.
The Bruins (3-1) led by 12 points early in the second half, but the Golden Eagles (4-0) went on a 24-5 tear to go up by seven with 9:20 remaining.
Down 68-64 with two minutes left, UCLA got three free throws from Sebastian Mack, a steal by Lazar Stefanovic and a layup from Adem Bona to move on top 69-68 with 53 seconds left.
Jones followed with his clutch trey, after which Stefanovic and Mack missed shots for UCLA.
Marquette advances to face No. 1 Kansas in the semifinals on Tuesday. The other semifinal will feature No. 2 Purdue and No. 7 Tennessee. UCLA will oppose Chaminade in the consolation bracket.
David Joplin led Marquette with 19 points, hitting five 3-pointers. Oso Ighodaro added 14 points for the Golden Eagles, and Kam Jones scored 12.
Mack finished with a game-high 25 points. Bona put up 13 points, and Stefanovic contributed 11 points and nine rebounds.
--Field Level Media