-- Most college basketball coaches will admit they don't like to play a lot of zone defense. Virginia's Pete Gillen isn't in that group right now.
Devin Smith made three three-pointers in the final six minutes -- one more than Kentucky managed in the game against the Cavaliers' matchup zone -- and Virginia beat the 15th-ranked Wildcats, 75-61, today in the semifinals of the Maui Invitational.
"We played it once last year against Georgetown for 38, 39 minutes," Gillen said of the zone defense. "I'm not a zone coach but sometimes you have to put your ego in your pocket. We kept it basic, changed a couple of things."
Smith, a 6-foot-5 junior college transfer, was 2 for 7 from three-point range in the Cavaliers' first two games but made 3 of 4 from beyond the arc in the last six minutes today.
"Luckily, every time I was open I hit the shot," he said.
Virginia (3-0) will play in Wednesday's championship game against No. 19 Indiana, which held off No. 20 Gonzaga, 76-75.
The Cavaliers' matchup zone caused all kinds of problems for Kentucky (1-1), which went 2 for 22 from three-point range, missing its first 17 attempts.
"We had some good looks, but I think we settled for outside shots," Kentucky Coach Tubby Smith said. "Virginia did a good job going to the zone and then you miss a couple and get tight and the basket gets smaller."
Keith Bogans (DeMatha) hit Kentucky's first three-pointer with 8:18 left to bring the Wildcats within 51-48, but Todd Billet answered with a three-pointer for Virginia (8 for 25 on threes).
Brandon Stockton hit Kentucky's other three-pointer with 7:05 left to make it 56-53, but after Elton Brown scored down low for Virginia, Smith scored the Cavaliers' next nine points on long-range shots. His last one made it 67-59 with 1:24 to play, and Virginia closed it out from the free throw line.
Smith's last three-pointer came on an inbounds play with four seconds left on the shot clock and the ball bounced on the rim before falling through.
"Sometimes you need that luck of the Irish," Gillen said.
Smith and Billet led Virginia with 15 points each; Keith Jenifer had 13 points and six assists.
* INDIANA 76, GONZAGA 75: The 19th-ranked Hoosiers lost all but one point of a 17-point lead over the final 3:02 but held on to beat the No. 20 Zags. Indiana (2-0) advanced to the championship game of the eight-team tournament for the third time since 1990. The Hoosiers lost to Syracuse in the title game in 1990 and 1998.
Tom Coverdale and Jeff Newton each had 16 points for Indiana. Ronny Turiaf had 24 points for Gonzaga (2-1), matching his career high from the first-round win over Utah, and Blake Stepp had 20 -- 11 in the closing 22-6 run during which the Bulldogs made five three-pointers.
* SAN DIEGO 86, UCLA 81: At Pauley Pavilion, Jason Keep scored 30 points and had 12 rebounds and Jason Blair added 17 points as the Toreros (2-0), in overtime, upset the 14th-ranked Bruins in UCLA's opener. Dijon Thompson had 21 points and Jason Kapono 17 for the Bruins, who will play Duke on Saturday in Indianapolis.
* MARQUETTE 97, EASTERN ILLINOIS 74: In Milwaukee, Dwyane Wade scored 28 points on 13-of-15 shooting for the No. 13 Golden Eagles.
Robert Jackson scored 18 of his 22 points after halftime and grabbed nine rebounds as the Golden Eagles (4-0) extended their home winning streak to 19, their longest in seven seasons.
* CINCINNATI 80, FLORIDA A&M 53: Three-point specialist Field Williams regained his touch at home, scoring 22 points as the No. 21 Bearcats survived another round of poor shooting (42 percent).
The Bearcats (2-0) again found mostly the rim and the backboard -- and sometimes not even that much -- as they struggled to make shots for the second straight game. Cincinnati went more than nine minutes without a basket Saturday and shot 28 percent -- its worst performance in nearly 13 years -- during a 54-48 victory over Tennessee Tech.
Allen Earns 200th Win
Howard's Frankie Allen earned his 200th career coaching victory with a 62-58 overtime win at Radford. The Bison (1-1), who scored the final seven points, were paced by Kyle Williams's 15 points -- his 27th straight double-digit performance.
Bowie State Postponed
The Bowie State game at Livingstone (N.C.) was postponed when Bulldogs center Jon Smith broke the backboard on a dunk and the host school could not replace it. Bowie State led 23-8 with 14:04 left in the first half when the game was stopped. No makeup date has been set.