Chaminade lost its second straight game at the Maui Invitational
LAHAINA, Maui, Hawai‘i – The Chaminade University men's basketball team couldn't overcome a lights-out shooting performance from Chase Fischer as BYU downed the Silverswords, 121-85, in Tuesday's consolation round of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Tuesday at the Lahaina Civic Center.
For the second consecutive game, the 'Swords were victimized by a record-setting performance as Fischer buried 10 3-pointers, tying the tournament record, which is co-owned by Chaminade's Christophe Varidel a year ago. On Monday, Pittsburgh's Derrick Randall broke the tournament's rebounding record with 21. Fischer ended the afternoon with 30 points.
Kiran Shastri led Chaminade (2-2) with 16 points while David Ware posted a season-best 15 on 6-of-7 shooting from the floor, a perfect 3-of-3 from beyond the arc. Kuany Kuany followed with 14 points while Lee Bailey had 10. Frankie Eteuati contributed with eight points and a team best five rebounds.
For the second consecutive game, the 'Swords demonstrated shooting prowess, hitting double-digits in triples with 10. But BYU was deadly from long range as a team, going a staggering 17-of-29 for nearly 59 percent.
BYU's Tyler Haws, last year's WCC Player of the Year and the Cougars' leading scorer, was a non-factor in the first half, picking up his second foul just two minutes into the game. However Fischer more than picked up the slack, hitting his first eight 3-point attempts. The Cougars (4-1) as a team was 11-of-11 from long range just eight minutes in.
The 'Swords battled back, reducing a 13-point deficit to seven on a Harper trey, but Chaminade went nearly five minutes without a score as BYU's 16-0 run gave them a 60-40 advantage with two minutes left before the half. The Cougars enjoyed a 66-43 lead at the half with Fischer pouring in 27 first-half points while the team was a gaudy 14-of-18 from long distance.
“Obviously when you shoot 14-for-18 from the 3-point line in the first half, it's a tough road to go down after that,” Chaminade head coach Eric Bovaird said. “I give it to them. They shot the ball incredibly.”
The Cougars opened up a 30-point lead early in the second half as Haws found his rhythm with 19 points after halftime. But despite facing an uphill climb, Chaminade still battled throughout the final 20 minutes, allowing the Cougars to outscore them by only 13 in the second half.
Chaminade had six blocked shots in the game, two from Eteuati while Kuany, Shastri, Michael Louder and De'Von Boyd each getting one. They were also able to get to the free throw line, attempting 30 foul shots, making 21.
The 'Swords will play in the seventh-place game Wednesday against Missouri. Tip-off is slated for 9:30 a.m. and will be televised on ESPNU.