LAHAINA - Chaminade has long been the gracious host - more gracious than the Silverswords would like - of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.
On Monday, though, the team was far less hospitable.
De'Andre Haskins scored 27 of his 32 points in the second half and Kevin Hu finished with 16 points as Chaminade defeated Texas 86-73 in an opening-round game Monday at the Lahaina Civic Center.
Bennie Murray (left) and Waly Coulibaly celebrate after Chaminade beat Texas 86-73 on Monday in an EA Sports Maui Invitational first-round game at the Lahaina Civic Center. The Silverswords reached the tournament semifinals for the fourth time in the event’s 28 years.
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
The Silverswords’ Lee Bailey looks for room to drive while being defended by Javan Felix of the Longhorns
The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo
"We're ecstatic. It's an incredible win for our program," said Silverswords coach Eric Bovaird. "We believed all along we had a chance to play with these guys over here. We knew if it got down to a close ballgame, there was a good chance we were going to win. I have so much faith in my team. I'll put them up against anybody."
Excluding an 8-0 run to open the game, the Longhorns never got into a rhythm.
"The team that should have won the game, won the game," said Texas coach Rick Barnes. "They played better. Collectively, I thought they played harder. I thought we played very tentative. I would probably even use the word scared."
CHAMINADE Silverswords 86
TEXAS Longhorns 73
Chaminade, an NCAA Division II team, was 6-76 on Maui entering the 28th edition of the tournament this year.
"At some time we'll celebrate this win," Bovaird said. "It won't be tonight, it won't be tomorrow, but eventually that date will come. Right now, we're going to be focused on our next opponent."
Chaminade (3-1) will face Illinois in the semifinals today.
The Silverswords led 64-45 on Monday after Hu's field goal with 6 minutes, 28 seconds remaining. The Longhorns, who spent most of the first half in a 2-3 zone, turned up the defensive pressure the rest of the way and got as close as 71-62 on a 3-pointer by Julien Lewis with 2:15 left.
Haskins responded by going 6-of-6 from the free-throw line, however, to extend Chaminade's lead to 77-62 with 1:43 remaining. The Silverswords scored their final 17 points from the line, on 18 attempts.
"I was a little bit worried about that myself because in our previous game against Western Washington we were 15-for-31 from the free-throw line," Bovaird said.
Hu, a reserve, scored nine points in the first half as Chaminade took a 31-27 lead.
"His energy is contagious," teammate Dominique Cooks said. "Tonight we couldn't hit a shot in the first half. He came in and really got us going. That's when we started to believe we could beat these guys."
Haskins took over in the second half, going 5-of-5 from the field and 13-of-14 from the line as the Silverswords earned their fourth berth in the Maui semifinals.
"I came into this wanting to play hard and play with my teammates," Haskins said. "I have a lot of great guys on my team."
While the margin of victory for Chaminade appeared impressive, Barnes thought it should have been greater.
"I don't even think the score was indicative of how much better they played than we played," he said.
The Silverswords even outrebounded the bigger Longhorns 43-35. Haskins had nine rebounds and Waly Coulibaly grabbed seven.
Javan Felix scored 17 points and Sheldon McClellan added 14 for the Longhorns (2-1), who were just outside the top 25 in The Associated Press poll released Monday. They will play Southern California today.
The most frustrating moment for Texas likely came about four minutes into the second half. Barnes called a timeout when his team looked confused while running its offense. The Longhorns came back onto the floor, passed the ball around a few times and let the shot clock expire.
"When you are tentative, you aren't doing the things that you practice," Barnes said. "Those type of things happen, guys looking around like, 'Who's going to make a play? ' "
In 1982, Chaminade beat No. 1 Virginia on Oahu. Former Cavalier Ralph Sampson and ex-Silversword Tony Randolph were on hand Monday to help celebrate the 30th anniversary of the upset.
"After I accepted this job, there haven't been two or three days gone by without somebody asking me about the Chaminade victory over Virginia," said Bovaird, in his second year coaching the Silverswords. "I figure with a big win like that tonight maybe some of those questions might stop coming. Maybe we'll be talking about the Texas victory 30 years from now. At least I hope."
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Holmes 4-8 2-6 10, Papapetrou 3-7 1-2 7, Ibeh 1-1 0-0 2, McClellan 3-11 7-7 14, Felix 7-11 2-4 17, Holland 1-3 3-4 6, Bond 0-0 0-0 0, Lewis 4-10 1-3 10, Lammert 1-3 0-0 2, Dick 0-0 0-0 0, Ridley 2-2 1-4 5. Totals 26-56 17-30 73.
Murphy 1-4 0-0 3, Cooks 3-9 3-4 9, Bailey 1-3 4-4 7, Murray 2-13 5-6 9, Haskins 7-11 14-15 32, Rosen 0-0 0-0 0, Harrison 1-2 1-2 4, Green 0-4 1-2 1, Hu 5-8 4-4 16, Coulibaly 1-3 2-2 5. Totals 21-57 34-39 86.
Halftime-Chaminade 31-27. 3-Point Goals-Texas 4-21 (Felix 1-2, Holland 1-3, Lewis 1-4, McClellan 1-7, Papapetrou 0-2, Holmes 0-3), Chaminade 10-30 (Haskins 4-6, Hu 2-4, Harrison 1-1, Coulibaly 1-3, Bailey 1-3, Murphy 1-4, Cooks 0-2, Green 0-3, Murray 0-4). Fouled Out-Cooks, Lewis, Papapetrou. Rebounds-Texas 35 (Holmes 9), Chaminade 43 (Haskins 9). Assists-Texas 10 (Felix 5), Chaminade 11 (Cooks 4). Total Fouls-Texas 28, Chaminade 27. A-2,400.