(15) Texas 84

(2-0, 1-0 away)

    2:30 PM ET, November 22, 2004

    Lahaina Civic Center, Maui, Hawaii

    1 2 T
    #15TEX 39 4584
    CHAM 28 3462

    Top Performers

    Texas: P. Tucker 15 Pts, 11 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Chaminade: C. Reaves 33 Pts, 1 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl

    Silverswords junior finished with 33 points

    LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) -- Texas was having trouble with fouls and Chris Reaves' 3-point shooting. The Longhorns (No. 13 ESPN/USA Today, No. 15 AP) were able to overcome both and beat Chaminade 84-62 on Monday in the opening round of the Maui Invitational.

    "We came in knowing there's a lot of things we have to work on and we got in foul trouble early and had to work through it," Texas coach Rick Barnes said. "We had a couple of guys trying to do too much and they just have to learn to let it come to them."

    P.J. Tucker had 15 points and 11 rebounds for the Longhorns (2-0), who will play Iowa in Tuesday's semifinals. The Hawkeyes (2-0) beat Louisville 76-71 on Monday.

    Reaves, a junior college transfer, hit his first six 3-point attempts, finished 8-for-10 from long range and had 33 points for the Silverswords (1-1).

    "Thank goodness he was feeling it, because we couldn't do anything inside," Chaminade coach Aaron Greiss said. "We had trouble maintaining the effort in the second half when they showed their strength and athletic ability. Our guys got tired."

    Texas freshman LaMarcus Aldridge picked up two fouls in the opening four minutes of the game and classmate Daniel Gibson had two before 12 minutes elapsed. Tucker, a sophomore, picked up his third foul in the first half, and the Longhorns were forced to scramble with their young eight-man rotation.

    The Longhorns led 39-28 at halftime, but Reaves opened the second half with two 3-pointers, the second a four-point play that made it 42-35 with 18:56 to play.

    Aldridge and Gibson combined for Texas' next six points to start a 17-4 run that made it 59-39 with 11:57 to go. Tucker had nine points over the final nine minutes.

    "Once I drive, people get open," Tucker said. "I either get a layup or my teammates get an open shot. It's a win-win situation."

    Reaves was unable to get off a shot for almost 11 minutes as Texas took control with its defense.

    "It wasn't anything they did on defense. Other people were open, and I didn't want to force it," said Reaves, who missed most of his sophomore season at Citrus (Calif.) Community College with a broken hand. "Today I was calm and everything was falling, and they kept giving it to me."

    Kenton Paulino added 14 points, while Kenny Taylor and Jason Klotz each had 12 for Texas, which finished with a 43-28 rebounding edge.

    Paulino was 4-for-6 from 3-point range, and the Longhorns went 10-for-23 from beyond the arc.

    Other than Reaves, Chaminade was just 3-for-17 on 3s.

    The loss dropped the Division II Silverswords to 4-55 in the eight-team tournament it hosts. Chaminade ended a 30-game losing streak in the event last year with a 52-49 win over Villanova in the opening round.

    "You can't lose your focus against a team like this. Look what happened to Villanova last year," Tucker said. "Reaves got in a groove, and we didn't help and recover enough."

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 84 62
    FG Made-Attempted 31-63 (.492) 17-49 (.347)
    3P Made-Attempted 10-23 (.435) 11-27 (.407)
    FT Made-Attempted 12-16 (.750) 17-24 (.708)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 25 2

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