Adams helps UConn get past Chaminade
Sophomore guard misses triple-double by one rebound
LAHAINA — Chaminade hung tough again, but once more in the end, the Silverswords’ opponents were too much to handle.
Connecticut withstood a 3-point shooting barrage from the NCAA Division II tournament hosts Tuesday afternoon
and nearly got a triple-double from Jalen Adams in a 93-82 victory in a fifth-place semifinal at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational in the Lahaina Civic Center.
“We didn’t get down on ourselves, especially in the first half, when they made nine 3s,” said UConn coach Kevin Ollie. “When you have a team like that that can shoot 3s, they kind of spread us out. … Very proud of the guys. We stuck with it.”
Adams had 25 points for the Huskies (2-3), shooting 12-for-17 from the field, plus 11 assists and nine rebounds.
Adams has 59 points through two games on Maui.
“I think everybody was just hungry and wanted to get back and prove we can win and compete in this tournament,” said the 6-foot-3 sophomore point guard, who was in tears after an eight-point loss to Oklahoma State on Monday. “We definitely didn’t come down here to lose. We were kind of disappointed yesterday. We knew nobody was going to feel sorry for us. Today we had to come out and get the ‘W.’ “
The Huskies will face Oregon, No. 13 in The Associated Press poll, in the fifth-place game today.
“We’re definitely looking forward to playing a top-20 team,” Adams said. “We think we can compete with the best of them. We’re anxious to play that team.”
The Silverswords (2-2), who will play Tennessee in the seventh-place game today, shot 14-for-32 from 3-point range. Rohndell Goodwin had 20 points, while Kiran Shastri, who was 5-for-10 from behind the arc, and Sam Daly each had 19.
“When we get the shot, got to put it in, and we were feeling it today for a while,” Shastri said.
After trailing by four points more than 12 minutes into Monday’s eventual 43-point loss to No. 4 North Carolina, Chaminade was down 80-76 with 4:26 to play Tuesday after two free throws by Shastri.
“I thought our guys played their butts off,” said Silverswords coach Eric Bovaird. “They played really, really tough for 37 minutes of the game. Really proud of the effort and the execution on a lot of things.”
UConn’s Rodney Purvis scored 23 points, 20 in the second half. He went down hard on a collision midway into the second half, but sank four 3-pointers in the final 5 1/2 minutes.
The Huskies played without Terry Larrier, who had to be helped off the floor during Monday’s loss. Ollie said the team is awaiting MRI test results to determine when Larrier will play again.
Facey 3-3 0-0 6, Jackson 5-9 4-9 16, Brimah 3-4 1-1 7, Adams 12-17 1-1 25, Purvis 8-18 3-4 23, Durham 0-1 0-0 0, Enoch 4-5 0-0 8, Vital 3-5 0-1 8. Totals 38-62 9-16 93.
Shastri 5-11 4-4 19, Goodwin 9-23 0-0 20, Pope 4-8 1-2 10, Kuany 3-7 2-2 11, Daly 7-11 3-5 19, Pollard 0-0 0-0 0, Walker 1-3 0-0 3. Totals 29-63 10-13 82.
Halftime–45-45. 3-Point Goals–UConn 8-20 (Purvis 4-9, Vital 2-4, Jackson 2-5, Adams 0-2), Chaminade 14-32 (Shastri 5-10, Kuany 3-6, Daly 2-2, Goodwin 2-9, Pope 1-2, Walker 1-3). Fouled Out–Jackson. Rebounds–UConn 38 (Adams 9), Chaminade 23 (Kuany 7). Assists–UConn 20 (Adams 11), Chaminade 10 (Daly 5). Total Fouls–UConn 15, Chaminade 17. A–2,400 (2,400).