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Kansas, Vanderbilt routs lead to Maui Invitational championship game

LAHAINA, MAUI (HawaiiNewsNow) -

Day two of the Maui Invitational is now in the books.  It got off to an early start for fans who had to buy new tickets after Monday's upset of Indiana.  Day one of the tournament was largely a disappointment for the Indiana Hoosiers.  Ranked 13th in the country headed into play, they lost to Wake Forest on in their opener.  Tuesday was a different story.  Thomas Bryant, a seven-foot freshman from Rochester, New York, scored 15 points in 15 first half minutes.  Guard Yogi Ferrell added 22 for Indiana and the Hoosiers earned an 83-73 win over St. John's.

"We played with great purpose, we went to a game plan that was really the way we needed to end the game yesterday," Indiana head coach Tom Crean said.  "Yogi and Rob did a great job of getting the team centered, and Thomas did a great job of being the anchor."

The second game of the day featured the host Silverswords who were looking for a better showing than Monday's 53-point loss to #5 Kansas.  Rohndell Goodwin finished with 18 points and Chaminade held a 37-33 lead at the half.  Second half turnovers doomed the 'Swords to a 93-73 loss setting up a date with St. John's in the 7th-place game.

"St. Johns wants to get out of Hawaii with a win," Chaminade head coach Eric Bovaird said.  "There's no doubt about it, they don't want to go 0-3, so they're gonna come ready to play.  This is a team everybody thinks we can compete with, and if we play well, we have a chance to beat." 

Vanderbilt handled Wake Forest with ease to advance to the championship and awaited the winner of Kansas and UCLA.  The Jayhawks took the floor looking every bit the force they did on Monday, beating the Bruins 92-73.  Kansas was paced once again by forward Perry Ellis who finished the night with 24 points on 9 for 12 shooting.

"I think he can play to an All-American type level," Kansas head coach Bill Self said.  "He played so well tonight, he shot the ball well.  He's become a much better all-around player."

#5 Kansas will face #19 Vanderbilt in the Maui Invitational championship game Wednesday at 5 pm.

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