LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) -- Finally, Louisville evened its all-time
series with Chaminade.
Taquan Dean scored 21 points and the Cardinals (No. 11 ESPN/USA Today, No. 12 AP) bounced back from
an opening-round loss to beat Chaminade 93-63 Tuesday in the
consolation bracket of the Maui Invitational.
The win came one day after Louisville lost 76-71 to Iowa. It
gave the Cardinals a 2-2 overall record against Chaminade, the host
of the eight-team tournament.
"The guys focused in, respected their opponent and did a lot of
good things in sharing the basketball," Louisville coach Rick
Pitino said. "Iowa was the better team against us and give them
the credit but we didn't play a bad game."
The Cardinals (2-1) will play Stanford for fifth
place Wednesday. The Cardinal (2-1) beat Brigham Young 62-53 on
The Division II Silverswords (1-2) held a 2-1 edge over
Louisville entering the game. Chaminade beat Louisville in December
1983 and again a year later in games played in Honolulu. The
Cardinals, who were ranked every time they played Chaminade, beat
the Silverswords in the opening round of the Maui Invitational in
Louisville started Tuesday's game like it was taking out its
frustration over the loss to Iowa.
The Cardinals led 10-2 less then three minutes into the game,
but Chaminade just wouldn't go away. A three-point play by Chris
Powell had the Silverswords within 33-31 with five minutes left in
the first half.
Dean then scored all but three points in Louisville's 12-4 run
to close the half. Dean was 7-for-11 from the field, 5-for-8 in the
"All we were worried about was defense, the shots just came,"
Dean said. "We were disappointed with the loss but we weren't
going to let it affect us today and we didn't."
Louisville used its size advantage and athletic ability to
extend the lead throughout the second half with the final score its
Ellis Myles had 16 points and 10 rebounds for the Cardinals, who
finished with a 46-30 advantage on the boards and outscored
Chaminade 40-14 in the paint.
Chris Reaves, a junior college transfer who had 33 points in
Chaminade's opening 84-62 loss to Texas (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP), had 19 points. He
was 2-for-7 from 3-point range, a far cry from his 8-for-10 effort
from beyond the arc against Texas. Dylan McCune added 18 points for
Chaminade, all on 3-pointers.
The loss dropped Chaminade to 4-56 in the tournament, which is
sponsored by EA Sports.
"It was the same old story for Chaminade in the Maui
Invitational," Silverswords coach Aaron Greiss said. "We hang
around by shooting well and then a team like Louisville starts
pounding the glass and takes over the game inside. We get outplayed
because of size and athletic ability."
Louisville's other win this season was also over another school
from the Division II Pacific West Conference, BYU-Hawaii last
"It will be interesting to see which team wins their league.
They both shoot the heck out of it," Pitino said of the Division
II schools from Oahu. "I don't look at it as Division I and
Division II. The teams we played are good teams. If we win and go
3-1 it will be a good trip, not a great trip. We're nowhere near
where we want to be."