Tennessee picks up first win of week

Chaminade’s Kuany Kuany draws a foul on Tennessee’s Robert Hubbs III (right) as Kyle Alexander also defends during the second half of the Volunteers’ 95-81 win over the Silverswords in the seventh-place game Wednesday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

Chaminade’s Kuany Kuany draws a foul on Tennessee’s Robert Hubbs III (right) as Kyle Alexander also defends during the second half of the Volunteers’ 95-81 win over the Silverswords in the seventh-place game Wednesday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photo

LAHAINA — Tennessee might be one of the most satisfied seventh-place finishers in the history of the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

After back-to-back losses to opponents ranked in The Associated Press top 25, the Volunteers will leave the Valley Isle on a winning note, beating Cha-minade 95-81 on Wednesday at the Lahaina Civic Center.

“I can’t tell you how proud I am. … They really laid it out there for two days against two really top-20 teams,” said Tennessee coach Rick Barnes.

The Vols (2-3) had led in the second half of their tournament opener against No. 16 Wisconsin and then took No. 13 Oregon to overtime.

Tennessee senior Robert Hubbs III scored a career-high 28 points Wednesday, and Detrick Mostella added 14.

TENNESSEE Volunteers 95

TENNESSEE Volunteers 95

Barnes became the first coach to lead three schools to Maui wins — Texas and Providence are the others.

Chaminade senior guard Rohndell Goodwin, who left the game for five minutes in the second half after hurting his ankle, scored 22 points. He finished the tournament with 60, the most for a Silverswords player since De’Andre Haskins had 73 in 2012.

“It was a bad tweak,” Goodwin said. “I felt the pain, but … I can play tomorrow if we needed to.”

The Vols (2-3) closed the first half on a 20-9 run for a 51-40 lead, and were in front by at least seven points the rest of the way.

Hubbs scored 22 points in the second half.

CHAMINADE Silverswords 81

CHAMINADE Silverswords 81

“He played terrific today and almost single-handedly himself took the zone apart for us,” Barnes said of Hubbs.

Tennessee freshman John Fulkerson made his first collegiate start, and had eight points and eight rebounds.

The Division II Silverswords (2-3) have lost 14 consecutive Maui games and are 7-90 overall in the event, but they, too, are feeling optimistic.

“I will be very disappointed if we get to the end of regular season and we’re not in contention for the championship,” said Chaminade coach Eric Bovaird. “That will be our goal.”

* Colleen Uechi is at cuechi@mauinews.com.

TENNESSEE (95)

Fulkerson 4-6 0-0 8, Williams 4-7 2-2 10, Bowden 5-10 1-1 11, Hubbs 10-19 7-7 28, Phillips 4-7 3-5 12, Alexander 2-2 0-0 5, Evans 0-2 0-0 0, Parker 1-3 0-0 3, Mostella 5-9 1-2 14, Turner 1-4 2-3 4. Totals 36-69 16-20 95.

CHAMINADE (81)

Daly 6-12 0-0 12, Goodwin 8-14 4-6 22, Pope 3-8 2-2 10, Kuany 2-8 2-3 7, Shastri 6-12 4-4 19, Sakazaki 0-0 0-0 0, Southard 0-0 0-0 0, Pollard 1-1 4-6 6, Pu’ulei-Auld 0-0 0-0 0, Walker 1-4 0-0 3, Cartaino 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 28-61 16-21 81.

Halftime–Tennessee 51-40. 3-Point Goals–Tennessee 7-17 (Mostella 3-6, Parker 1-1, Alexander 1-1, Phillips 1-1, Hubbs 1-2, Williams 0-1, Turner 0-1, Bowden 0-2, Evans 0-2), Chaminade 9-25 (Shastri 3-9, Pope 2-3, Goodwin 2-5, Kuany 1-2, Walker 1-4, Cartaino 0-1, Daly 0-1). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Tennessee 35 (Fulkerson 8), Chaminade 32 (Goodwin 8). Assists–Tennessee 16 (Turner 4), Chaminade 11 (Daly, Pope 3). Total Fouls–Tennessee 19, Chaminade 18.

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