Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Maui Zowie: Christophe Varidel Scores 42, But Baylor Drops Chaminade

College Hoops Player of the Day for Monday, November 25, 2013

The Maui Invitational is 30 years old, and, for all those years, little Division-II Chaminade University, a Catholic institution from Honolulu, has been a part of the annual festivities.

As usual, they were matched against a powerful foe - the Baylor Bears - in Monday's opening championship round, and, equally as usual, they were defeated, though not until Christophe Varidel tied a tournament record with 10 three-pointers and came within a point of the all-time tournament scoring record with 42 points.

Varidel, a senior guard hailing from Switzerland, who averaged just 6.2 points per game last season with Florida Gulf Coast, seemed to have just one thing on his mind Monday: to shoot as often as possible and keep the game within reach for the Silverswords.

Making 14 of 29 shots, Varidel hit on 10 of his 14 three-point tries, but could not counteract Baylor's full complement of scorers, five of which finished in double figures.

The game was closely-contested through the first half, Baylor taking a 50-47 lead into the locker rooms, but the Bears owned the second half, outscoring Chaminade, 43-30, en route to a 93-77 victory.

In other Maui action, Cal defeated Arkansas, 85-77; Syracuse outlasted Minnesota, 75-67, and, in the surprise of the tournament, the Dayton Flyers upended the Gonzaga Bulldogs, 84-79, despite 27 points from Gonzaga's kevin Pangos.

Chaminade gets Gonzaga Tuesday in the loser's bracket, while Cal meets Syracuse and Baylor plays Dayton in the semi-finals.

No comments: