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.