De’Andre Haskins unleashes 32 points as Chaminade upsets Texas 86-73 in Maui Invitational
LAHAINA, Hawai‘i – De’Andre Haskins unleashed 32 points and Kevin Hu dropped 16 as the Chaminade men’s basketball team celebrated the 30th Anniversary of its victory over No. 1 Virginia by whipping Division I Texas 86-73 in the opening round of the EA SPORTS Maui Invitational.
The game was held in the Lahaina Civic Center on the island of Maui on Monday, Nov. 19.
The victory marked just the seventh time in 83 games in the tournament that the Silverswords have knocked off a Division I team. It also was just the fourth opening-round victory for Chaminade in the event. The Silverswords last victory occurred in 2010 vs. Oklahoma.
“We're ecstatic,” Chaminade Head coach Eric Bovaird said of the victory. “That's an incredible win for our program. We believed all along that we had a chance to play with these guys over here, and we knew if we got down to a close ballgame, that there was a good chance we were going to win.”
The Silverswords trailed early but managed to forge a 31-27 halftime lead before unveiling an offensive torrent that pushed Chaminade ahead by as many as 19 points in the second half.
“I have so much faith in my team,” Bovaird said. “I'll put them up against anybody, anybody in the country on a given night. These guys have worked so hard to get to where they are right now. You have no idea. They've worked just as hard as any Division I athlete. I'm really proud of them.”
Haskins was an unstoppable locomotive for the Silverswords on Monday night. He scored his 32 points from all sectors of the court, going 7 for 11 from the floor, 4 for 6 from three-point range, and 14 for 15 at the line. He also led the team in rebounds with nine and was a huge reason the Silverswords shot 87.2% (34 for 39) from the foul line.
“I was a little worried about (foul shooting) myself because in our previous game against Western Washington we were 15 for 31 from the line,” Bovaird said. “It really hurt us in that game. I wanted to talk about that free throw shooting in practice, and we needed to practice more. So it was a little bit of a focus, but I've had faith in these guys. These guys are great players, great shooters. I had all the confidence in the world making shots down the stretch.”
Hu came off the bench to score his 16 points, going 5 for 8 from the field, 2 for 4 from three-point land and 4 for 4 from the line.
Dominique Cooks chipped in with nine points, six rebounds and a team-high four assists.
The Silverswords will face the winner of USC vs. Illinois at 5:30 p.m. HAST on Tuesday evening, Nov. 20.