LAHAINA, Hawaii (Ticker) -- Kentucky's strength inside won out over Gonzaga's long-range shooting.
Keith Bogans paced a balanced attack with 18 points as the 16th-ranked Wildcats claimed third place in the Maui Invitational with an 80-72 victory over the 21st-ranked Bulldogs.
Two free throws by Bogans ignited a 12-0 spurt that gave Kentucky (2-1) a 62-49 lead with 7:20 remaining.
Blake Stepp scored 24 points for Gonzaga (2-2), which stayed in the game by making 12 3-pointers. For the second straight night, the Bulldogs tried to erase a double-digit deficit in the final minutes.
In Tuesday's semifinal against Indiana, they nearly escaped a 17-point hole in the final three minutes before falling short, 77-76.
Against Kentucky, Gonzaga got as close as 72-68 on a 3-pointer by Tony Skinner with 58 seconds remaining.
But Kentucky made six three throws in the final minute - four by Jules Camera and two by Boguns - to hold on. Boguns dunked on a 3-on-none fast break with 10 seconds left to give the Wildcats an 80-70 cushion.
Trailing 76-70, Gonzaga's hopes ended when Steppe's 3-point attempt rimmed the basket with 29 seconds remaining.
Gerald Fitch added 13 points for Kentucky, which improved to 7-2 all-time in the Maui Invitational.
Despite not making a two-point basket in the first eight minutes, the Bulldogs led for most of the opening half, grabbing a 30-24 lead on Cory Violette's layup with 4:42 remaining.
The Wildcats closed the half with a 9-2 spurt, grabbing a 33-32 lead at the intermission on Bogans' breakaway layup with 28 seconds left.
Kentucky, which lost to Virginia, 75-61, in the semifinals, appeared to wear down Gonzaga after the break. The Wildcats shot 62 percent in the second half (16-of-26) to finish at 48 percent (27-of-56).
The Bulldogs were just 11-of-32 (34 percent) and finished at 37 percent (22-of-60). They made only 10-of-33 shots inside the arc.
Camara contributed 12 points off the bench and Chuck Hayes added 11 for the Wildcats.
Skinner scored 17 points and Ronny Turiaf chipped in 12 and 10 rebounds for Gonzaga. Turiaf made 8-of-10 free throws and finished 39-of-44 (89 percent) from the line in three games in the tournament.
Gonzaga went 1-2 in its first appearance in the Maui Invitational, beating Utah, 71-52, in the first round.