Thirty years after pulling off perhaps the greatest upset in college basketball history, tiny Chaminade University knocked off the Texas Longhorns 86-73 in the first round at the Maui Invitational on Monday night. It came almost exactly 30 years after the Silverswords beat a No. 1-ranked Virginia team led by Ralph Sampson. That win led to the creation of the Maui Invitational, which Chaminade hosts.
The win on Monday night ran Chaminade’s record at the tournament to 7-76.
While Texas didn’t exactly play its best, the Silverswords came to play and absolutely won the game more than the Longhorns lost it. Once Chaminade got the lead, it kept it thanks to a phenomenal showing at the free throw line. The team finished the game hitting 34 of 39 from the stripe, an 87.2 clip.
Senior DeAndre Haskins led the way for the Silverswords and he was by far the best player on the floor. Haskins finished the night with 32 points, nine rebounds an assist and two steals. He also led the charge at the free throw line, hitting 14 of his 15 attempts.
Chaminade also played excellent defense. Texas turned the ball over 18 times, hit just four of 21 shots from behind the three-point line, and made just 17 of 30 free throw attempts. The Silverswords also won the battle on the boards, out-rebounding Texas 41 to 33.
Texas didn’t play its best game, but Chaminade showed that it is certainly capable of winning games at this year’s tournament. It will be fun to see how the Silverswords do on Tuesday night in their semifinal matchup against either Illinois or USC. Both of those teams are certainly beatable.