North Carolina rebounds from loss with blowout of ChaminadeBy The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Wed, Nov 21, 2012 10:30 PM EST
LAHAINA, Hawaii -- Chaminade scored one upset win during the 30-year anniversary season of its victory over then-No. 1 Virginia. A second against No. 9 North Carolina never came close to fruition. The Tar Heels rebounded from Tuesday's upset loss to Butler, dismantling Chaminade 112-70 Wednesday at the Lahaina Civic Center. James Michael McAdoo compiled 18 points and 10 rebounds, and Reggie Bullock added 17 points and six assists to help North Carolina finish in third place at the EA Sports Maui Invitational. "I think (Tuesday) night's game had a great effect on how we played today," North Carolina coach Roy Williams said. "For us, it does make you feel better, but you also have that hurt that you know you didn't play as well as you wanted to play all three days." North Carolina (5-1) failed to win the tournament title for the first time in its past four trips to Maui. The Tar Heels reached the championship game in each of their previous five appearances. "We just tried to take our anger out from last night with how we played as a team," Bullock said. The last two times the Heels won on Maui (2004, 2008), they went on to win the national title in the same season. Chaminade senior guard De'Andre Haskins, who played against North Carolina as a freshman at Valparaiso, scored the Silverswords' first nine points and had 15 in the first half. Haskins finished with 22 points and six rebounds, and Bennie Murray added 15 points for the Silverswords (3-3). Williams made a change to his starting lineup for the first time this season, giving freshman forward Brice Johnson the nod over sophomore Desmond Hubert. Hubert, who was averaging less than 2 points a game in five starts, was the sixth reserve used by Williams off the bench. Johnson finished with 16 points on 7-for-8 shooting. Hubert didn't score in six minutes. "We felt that Brice did a better job than some of the other guys in the game (on Tuesday) night," Williams said. "He's going to get better and better. He just needs to increase the intensity level of his game." Sixteen Tar Heels played in the game. Seldom-used guard Wade Moody hit North Carolina's 13th 3-pointer for the team's final points. The Tar Heels shot 62.3 percent (43-for-69) and scored 33 points off 19 Chaminade turnovers. "It was kind of a wake-up call for them (after) Butler, and unfortunately we were sitting there waiting after a horrible game," Chaminade coach Eric Bovaird said. "When any team shoots the ball that well, it makes them incredibly hard to guard." The Tar Heels became the first team to top 100 points in the Maui Invitational since Washington beat Virginia 106-63 in the opening round in 2010. "I feel like they could be a lot better than the last time I played them," Haskins said. "I feel like they could be a national championship team." Chaminade, which 30 years ago beat Ralph Sampson's top-rated Virginia team in arguably the biggest upset in NCAA history, failed in its bid to win two games in the tournament for the first time. The Silverswords played in the winners' bracket for the first time since 2003 and just the second time in 20 years after beating Texas 76-63 in the opening round Monday. "Now we have our name in the history book as one of the Chaminade teams to upset somebody," Bovaird said. "Hopefully there are a lot more to come." In earlier action Wednesday, Marquette defeated Southern California 72-64 to finish in fifth place, and Texas downed Mississippi State 69-55 for seventh place.
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