Farrell named tournament’s MVP
For The Maui News
Wichita State’s fans were in a tizzy. The Shockers, up by three and with the ball in the Maui Jim Maui Invitational final Wednesday at the Lahaina Civic Center, were less than a minute away from the title.
That’s when Matt Farrell helped turn things around for Notre Dame, and the result was a 67-66 win.
The senior guard delivered a steal and later assisted on a Bonzie Colson layup that got the Fighting Irish, No. 13 in The Associated Press rankings, within 66-65. Martinas Gebens provided the final points seconds later with two free throws.
“You just never give up,” said Farrell, who earned the tournament’s MVP award.
Farrell totaled 59 points and 15 assists in three games. He scored 15 points against the sixth-ranked Shockers.
When asked about his teammate’s award, Colson — an all-tournament selection — was effusive.
“It’s my brother, man. He deserves it,” Colson said. “He played his heart out. It’s great for him. He works hard every day, and he came out strong, just doing his thing. We need him to continue to do that, and he will. With our offense and how we play, it’s easy for him when he can do his thing and create for others.”
Colson scored 25 points Wednesday, and totaled 60 in the tournament.
“It’s really easy for me when I’m playing with guys like Bonzie on the floor,” Farrell said. “I think it helps that both our dads were coaches.”
Notre Dame coach Mike Brey also sees similarities in their background, starting with their hometowns. Farrell is from Bridgewater, N.J., and Colson in New Bedford, Mass.
“They’ve got that edge. I call it that I-95 edge,” Brey said. “Guys that grow up on that I-95 corridor, a Jersey guy or Boston guy, there’s something about those guys that have a little edge to them.”
Maui Invitational MVPs
2017–Matt Farrell, Notre Dame
2016–Joel Berry II, North Carolina
2015–Frank Mason III and Wayne Selden Jr., Kansas
2014–Stanley Johnson, Arizona
2013–C.J. Fair, Syracuse
2012–Brandon Paul, Illinois
2011–Ryan Kelly, Duke
2010–Kemba Walker, Connecticut
2009–Matt Bouldin and Steven Gray, Gonzaga
2008–Ty Lawson, North Carolina
2007–Kyle Singler, Duke
2006–Darren Collison, UCLA
2005–Adam Morrison, Gonzaga
2004–Raymond Felton, North Carolina
2003–Keith Waleskowski, Dayton
2002–Bracey Wright, Indiana
2001–Mike Dunleavy, Duke
2000–Michael Wright, Arizona
1999–Joseph Forte, North Carolina
1998–Jason Hart, Syracuse
1997–Steve Wojciechowski, Duke
1996–Raef LaFrentz, Kansas
1995–Kerry Kittles, Villanova
1994–Mario Bennett, Arizona St.
1993–Travis Ford, Kentucky
1992–Bobby Hurley, Duke, and Anfernee Hardaway, Memphis St.
1991–George Gilmore, Chaminade
1990–Billy Owens, Syracuse
1989–Doug Smith, Missouri
1988–Glenn Rice, Michigan
1986–Will Perdue, Vanderbilt
1985–Dell Curry, Virginia Tech
1984–Patrick Langlois, Chaminade
2017 All-tournament team
Landry Shamet, Wichita State; Shaquille Morris, Wichita State; Rashard Kelly, Wichita State; Andrew Rowsey, Marquette; Tremont Waters, LSU; Bonzie Colson, Notre Dame.