Fourth-ranked Jayhawks handle Silverswords 93-63

Kansas’ Silvio De Sousa dives for a loose ball between Chaminade’s Andre Arissol and Kevin Kremer during the first half Monday. The Maui News / MATTHEW THAYER photos

LAHAINA — A few hours after their ranked counterparts here stumbled, No. 4 Kansas had no trouble taking care of business on Monday at the Maui Jim Maui Invitational.

The Jayhawks (4-1) delighted their huge crowd in the Lahaina Civic Center with a 93-63 win over Chaminade (2-1), the host school from the NCAA Division II ranks.

Devon Dotson led the way for Kansas with 19 points in 31 minutes, while 7-foot center Udoka Azubuike was virtually unstoppable whenever he wanted to be, scoring 15 points on 7-for-8 shooting to go along with a team-high seven rebounds.

“I don’t think we played great, but I don’t think we played poorly either,” Kansas coach Bill Self said.

“I thought Chaminade did a good job of getting after us and I think the game was much closer than the score at halftime. And we were able to get the ball inside to (Azubuike) in the second half which was certainly a bonus for us.”

Kansas’ Devon Dotson goes up to the basket between Chaminade’s Isaac Amaral-Artharee and Roman Young on Monday.

In the prior game, No. 3 Michigan State was sent to the breakfast bracket by Virginia Tech.

“Certainly happy to advance and what an atmosphere for an opening-round game like this,” Self said. “And the games have been obviously great so far. The (Michigan State-Virginia Tech) game this afternoon was incredible. And we’ll look forward to playing whoever we get because we know either one will be a tough opponent.”

The Jayhawks take on BYU today at 5:30 p.m. for a spot in Wednesday’s championship game. The Silverswords face UCLA in a consolation semifinal at noon.

Chaminade coach Eric Bovaird said his team hung as tough as it could for as long as it could.

“When you play really good teams like this it takes a miracle,” Bovaird said. “The miracle wasn’t tonight. Maybe it will be a little bit later.”

The Jayhawks’ Ochai Agbaji drives for a layup as the Silverswords’ Tyler Cartaino (right) and Telly Davenport defend.

The Silverswords were only outrebounded 33-28 and shot 46 percent from the floor, but their downfall was committing 27 turnovers, which led to 36 Kansas points.

Andre Arissol had 18 points and Tyler Cartaino 17 to lead the Silverswords — that pair combined to shoot 13-for-22 from the field, while the rest of the team went 10-for-28.

“Yeah, they’re really good, obviously,” Cartaino said. “That’s why they’re on Kansas.”

* Robert Collias is at rcollias@mauinews.com.

KANSAS (4-1)

McCormack 5-7 0-0 10, Azubuike 7-8 1-2 15, Agbaji 4-9 0-0 11, Dotson 7-12 2-2 19, Garrett 3-6 2-4 8, De Sousa 2-3 0-1 4, Teahan 0-1 0-0 0, Moss 5-7 0-0 13, Braun 3-9 0-1 7, Jankovich 0-0 0-0 0, Elliot 1-1 0-0 3, Enaruna 1-6 0-1 3. Totals 38-69 5-11 93.


Donley 3-6 0-0 6, Davenport 1-1 0-0 2, Small 3-7 4-6 10, Arissol 6-9 2-2 18, Cartaino 7-13 1-1 17, K.Young 1-1 0-1 2, Awet 1-3 0-0 2, Takapu 0-1 0-0 0, Amaral-Artharee 1-5 2-2 5, R.Young 0-3 1-2 1, Kremer 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 23-50 10-14 63.

Halftime–Kansas 47-27. 3-Point Goals–Kansas 12-29 (Moss 3-4, Agbaji 3-6, Dotson 3-7, Elliot 1-1, Enaruna 1-4, Braun 1-4, Teahan 0-1, De Sousa 0-1, Garrett 0-1), Chaminade 7-21 (Arissol 4-6, Cartaino 2-4, Amaral-Artharee 1-4, Awet 0-1, Takapu 0-1, Kremer 0-1, R.Young 0-2, Donley 0-2). Fouled Out–None. Rebounds–Kansas 28 (Azubuike 7), Chaminade 24 (Small 8). Assists–Kansas 17 (Garrett 7), Chaminade 12 (Small 7). Total Fouls–Kansas 16, Chaminade 14.


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