Bruins Defeat Chaminade In Opening Round Of Maui Invitational

Nov. 20, 2006

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - Arron Afflalo scored 11 of his 25 points during UCLA's game-opening 17-2 run, and the fifth-ranked Bruins went on to an 88-63 victory over Chaminade on Monday night in the opening round of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

The Bruins (2-0) will play No. 20 Kentucky, which beat DePaul 87-81, in the semifinals on Tuesday night. It will be a matchup of two schools with a combined 18 national championships - a record 11 by UCLA.

Afflalo hit three 3-pointers in the early run and the Bruins were never threatened by the Division II Silverswords (0-1), the hosts of the eight-team tournament.

The 6-foot-5 junior guard finished two points off his career high set last February against Arizona. He was 10-for-14 from the field, including 5-for-7 from 3-point range.

UCLA led 43-20 at halftime and the Bruins' biggest lead was 56-26 on two free throws by Josh Shipp with 16:08 to play.

Zack Whiting had 14 points and 10 assists for Chaminade, which is 4-61 in the tournament's 22 years. Darrell Birton was 4-for-5 on 3s and had 12 points for the Silverswords, whose last tournament win was over Villanova in the opening round in 2003.

Shipp had 16 points and Darren Collison added 15 for UCLA, which returned two starters from the team that lost to Florida in the national championship game last April.

UCLA shot 51.5 percent (17-for-33) in the first half while holding the Silverswords to 33.3 percent (8-for-24) and forcing 12 turnovers, which the Bruins converted into 18 points.

The Silverswords got to 58-41 with 11:17 to play on a free throw by Dan Wendt. Collison then hit two 3-pointers and scored after stealing an inbounds pass to account for all the points in an 8-2 run that made it 66-43 with 10 minutes left. Chaminade was never closer than 20 points the rest of the way.

This is UCLA's third appearance in the Maui Invitational. The Bruins finished sixth in 1995 as defending national champions and were third in 2001.

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