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Bruins overcome first-half woes to beat ’Swords

UCLA’s Cody Riley attempts a shot as Chaminade’s Eliet Donley defends Tuesday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

LAHAINA — UCLA coach Mick Cronin didn’t want to answer any questions about how his team rebounded from a tough first half to beat Chaminade in a Maui Jim Maui Invitational consolation semifinal Tuesday.

“The turnaround had, before you ask, the turnaround had nothing to do with our first half,” Cronin said after the Bruins beat the Division II Silverswords 74-48 at the Lahaina Civic Center. “Chaminade’s defense and our need to continue to grow up and play with some offensive toughness and take care of the ball, that was the problem. Once we stopped turning the ball over we were able to score some baskets. We shot 55 percent from the field. So we still got a lot of growing to do as a team.”

Jaime Jaquez Jr. had 17 points and 12 rebounds to lead UCLA. Cody Riley and David Singleton each scored 15 while Prince Ali had 10 for the Bruins, who had 12 turnovers in the first half that ended with UCLA leading just 22-16.

“Right now, I’m just looking for competitive fight and fire,” Cronin said. “And then as time goes, we got to get better at executing.”

Eliet Donley led the Silverswords with 10 points and eight rebounds, and Tyler Cartaino chipped in nine points.

Chaminade’s Roman Young drives on UCLA’s Jake Kyman.

The score was tied at 22 after Cartaino stole the ball and finished with a fastbreak dunk. From there, it was all Bruins.

A jumper by Riley with 15 minutes, 25 seconds to go ended a 12-2 run for UCLA. Singleton later started a 13-0 run with his 3-pointer that put the Bruins ahead by 28.

UCLA will face No. 3 Michigan State in the fifth-place game today at 9:30 a.m.

The Silverswords, who take on Georgia in the the seventh-place game today at 4 p.m., shot 23.3 percent (14 of 60) from the field — including 19.4 in the first half — and 14.3 percent from 3 (3 of 21).

“I thought we played well through stretches. I thought we opened up the game with a high intensity and playing good basketball, but it was an offensive struggle for us tonight, there’s no doubt about it,” Chaminade coach Eric Bovaird said. “We knew coming in playing these guys that they have got a lot of really good talent. I saw their starting lineup versus our starting lineup, you know, as far as size-wise, and it’s amazing. But I was proud of our guys competing.”

* Dakota Grossman is at dgrossman@mauinews.com.

UCLA (5-2)

Riley 6-10 3-5 15, Hill 2-3 0-0 4, Smith 2-5 1-2 5, Campbell 2-5 2-2 6, Ali 4-5 2-2 10, Olesinski 0-0 0-2 0, O’Neal 0-0 0-0 0, Bernard 0-5 2-2 2, Singleton 5-8 0-0 15, Kyman 0-1 0-0 0, Jaquez 8-11 1-2 17. Totals 29-53 11-17 74.

CHAMINADE (0-2)

Donley 2-4 6-6 10, Small 2-12 4-7 8, R.Young 0-3 6-6 6, Arissol 2-13 1-2 6, Cartaino 4-16 0-0 9, Awet 0-4 0-0 0, Takapu 0-0 0-0 0, K.Young 0-0 0-0 0, Amaral-Artharee 3-5 0-0 7, Kremer 1-3 0-0 2. Totals 14-60 17-21 48.

Halftime–UCLA 22-16. 3-Point Goals–UCLA 5-14 (Singleton 5-6, Kyman 0-1, Bernard 0-1, Ali 0-1, Jaquez 0-1, Smith 0-2, Campbell 0-2), Chaminade 3-21 (Amaral-Artharee 1-3, Cartaino 1-5, Arissol 1-9, Awet 0-1, Kremer 0-1, R.Young 0-2). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–UCLA 44 (Jaquez 12), Chaminade 23 (Donley 8). Assists–UCLA 14 (Campbell 6), Chaminade 5 (Small, Arissol 2). Total Fouls–UCLA 19, Chaminade 17. Technicals–UCLA coach Mick Cronin. A–2,400 (2,400).