LAHAINA, Hawaii, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Jason Williams made a free throw to snap a tie with seven seconds left and added a key steal Monday night as top-ranked Duke rallied for an 80-79 victory over Seton Hall in the Maui Invitational.
Duke (1-0) will face South Carolina in the semifinals on Tuesday.
Williams struggled in the first half, making just 2-of-10 shots, and the Blue Devils trailed, 37-30, at intermission. But the leading candidate for the Naismith Award heated up, scoring 21 of his 27 points in the second half.
Seton Hall had a chance to snap a 79-79 tie but freshman John Allen missed a 3-pointer with 30 seconds left and the Blue Devils rebounded.
Williams drove to the lane with seven seconds left and Seton Hall's Andre Barrett was whistled for a questionable blocking foul.
Williams missed the first but made the second foul shot, and Duke set up its fullcourt pressure. The Blue Devils double-teamed Barrett, the Pirates' point guard, forcing Seton Hall to inbound to Ty Shine.
Shine hesitated with his dribble before throwing a timid pass from midcourt, allowing Williams to steal the ball as time expired.
Mike Dunleavy finished with 22 points for the defending national champion Blue Devils, who won this event in 1992 and 1997.
Charles Manga collected 14 points and 10 rebounds to lead Seton Hall (1-1) while Barrett and Desmond Herod each added 10 points.
The game featured four disqualifications--Duke's Carlos Boozer and the Seton Hall trio of Manga, Darius Lane and freshman Mauricio Branwell.