LAHAINA, Hawaii — Thomas Robinson had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Travis Releford hit two big free throws to help No. 14 Kansas hold off pesky Georgetown 67-63 in the first round of the Maui Invitational on Monday night.
Tyshawn Taylor fought off leg cramps to score 16 in front of a largely pro-Kansas crowd inside Lahaina Civic Center.
Releford made the two biggest plays, sinking two free throws with 15 seconds left and calling timeout after diving for a loose ball following a miss by the Hoyas.
Kansas (2-1) moves on to face UCLA in the semifinals on Tuesday.
Georgetown (2-0) kept up with the Jayhawks most of the way, hitting one big shot after another each time Kansas went on a run. The Hoyas fell just short when Jason Clark's 3-pointer with 5 seconds left was offline.