LAHAINA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) - An upset, a blowout and a blue out at the Lahaina Civic Center, all in a days work on day one of the Maui Invitational.
The tournament opened Monday morning with Vanderbilt and St. John's, the game ended lopsided. Luke Kornet, a 7'1" junior center scored 13 points on 60 percent shooting. Three other Commodores scored in double figures and Vandy emerged as winners 92-55.
"I thought our guys came out with a lot of intensity and purpose at the beginning of the game and the way we played the first 10 or 12 minutes of the game I think set the tone," said Vanderbilt head coach Kevin Stallings.
In the second game, it was guys like Devin Thomas, a senior forward from Harrisburg, Pennsylvania who set the tone early. He finished the day with 21 points and 8 rebounds to help give coach Danny Manning his first signature win of the season, 82-78 over #13 Indiana.
"This is the second year we've been together as a group and we want to continue to build and get better with each practice and each game," Manning said. "Indiana's a very good basketball team, we all know that."
The UCLA Bruins beat UNLV 77-75 in the nightcap, but the draw of the tournament on day one, especially for local fans, was game number three. Fifth-ranked Kansas taking on the local boys from Chaminade. The Silverswords made the first basket of the game from deep, took a 3-0 lead, but that was their largest of the game. The Jayhawks size in the front court, especially from players like Perry Ellis, ended up being too much for the Silverswords to handle in a 123-72 loss.
"We knew it was going to be an incredible challenge," said Chaminade head coach Eric Bovaird. "We worked on it for a week, trying to prevent the ball coming into the deep post. It was a tough task for us, we knew that coming in, but I'm proud of our guys for competing."
As losers against the Jayhawks, Chaminade will take on UNLV. That game set for Tuesday morning at 11:30. St. John's and Indiana will get things started at 9 am.