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Division II Chaminade Beats Texas In Maui Invitational

Every year, the EA Sports Maui Invitational is hosted by the Division II Chaminade Silverswords, who get a chance to take on the Division I talent that descend on their turf in exchange for their hospitality. Tonight, they made a fool of one of those schools in an 86-73 win over the Texas Longhorns.

Chaminade went down 8-0 in the early going, but did not back down, scoring ten of the next twelve points in the game to tie it up despite going scoreless in the game’s first five minutes. By the half, the Silverswords had a four point lead.

Immediately in the second half, Chaminade ran away with the game, opening the second half with an 8-2 run to take a double digit lead, one which DeAndre Haskins and company didn’t relinquish.

Haskins, who spent some time at Valparaiso of the Horizon League before moving down to Division II, finished the game with 32 points and 9 rebounds against a Longhorn team who looked like they were the lower division squad for the majority of the night.

For the game, Texas was outrebounded 41-33 by the Silverswords and turned the ball over more than Chaminade did, a sign that they sorely miss sophomore guard Myck Kabongo, who is being probed by the NCAA for allegedly receiving improper benefits through an agent.

Chaminade will take on the winner of the Illinois/USC quarterfinal game, while Texas is moved to the consolation bracket.

Fortunately for Texas, a loss to a Division II team can’t hurt their RPI, but it is still an embarrassing loss for the program nonetheless and one that could kill their ability to pass the eye test on Selection Sunday come March.

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