BYU shoots past Chaminade 121-85 in Maui

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Chase Fischer launched one shot after another from behind the 3-point arc, not really paying attention to anything other than the ball going through the net.

He kept taking `em and making `em until he had shot himself into BYU’s record book and the Cougars into the next round.

Fischer scored 30 points and broke Jimmer Fredette’s school record with 10 3-pointers – nine in the first half to lead hot-shooting BYU to a 121-85 rout over Chaminade Tuesday in the Maui Invitational.

”The hoop was really big for me in the first half, so I didn’t even realize I actually shot that many 3s,” said Fischer, who had made 11 combined 3-pointers BYU’s first four games.

BYU (4-1) bounced back from a double-overtime loss to No. 15 San Diego State in its Maui opener by lighting up the Lahaina Civic Center with 17 3-pointers. The Cougars made their first 12 from behind the arc, the oohs and aahs from the crowd growing louder with each make in the loser’s bracket game.

Fischer led the charge, knocking down seven straight 3s while scoring 21 points in the opening 6 1/2 minutes. He finished 10 of 13 from behind the arc.

Tyler Haws added 19 points for the Cougars, who shot 55 percent and went 17 for 29 from behind the arc after playing less than 24 hours before.

”With a quick turnaround, you just kind of wonder what you’re going to get from your guys,” BYU coach Dave Rose said. ”I was just really impressed with how focused they were, how dialed in they were.”

Chaminade (2-2) never stood a chance against BYU’s long-range barrage despite hitting 10 3-pointers of their own.

Kiran Shastri led the Silverswords with 16 points and David Ware added 15.

”We’re a record-setting team either one way or the other,” Chaminade coach Eric Bovaird said. ”We either give up records or sometimes break them. Obviously, when you shoot the ball 14 for 18 from the 3-point line in the first half, it’s a tough road to go down after that.”

BYU had a tense Maui opener, rallying to force overtime against San Diego State after trailing most of the game.

With a short turnaround, the Cougars’ goal was to avoid a letdown against the Division II Silverswords, who have had a penchant for pulling off upsets in Maui when teams take them lightly.

Chaminade shot well in its opener against Pittsburgh, but couldn’t keep the bigger Panthers off the glass. Pittsburgh had a 51-17 rebounding advantage and scored 34 points off its 27 offensive boards in the 81-68 victory.

The Silverswords fairly shot well again, hitting 7 of 13 from 3-point range in the first half.

It wasn’t good enough to keep up with the Cougars.

BYU started making shots from the opening tip, dropping in one 3 after another.

Fischer, who made 11 3-pointers the first four games combined, made seven from behind the arc, took a break, and hit another on a fadeaway well behind the arc shortly after returning to the game. The junior transfer from Wake Forest had 27 points on 9-of-10 shooting from 3-point range in the first half.

”The goal got bigger every time he hit and he kept hitting,” Ware said. ”We tried to get to his body and make him drive, but that didn’t work.”

The Cougars made 14 of 18 from behind the arc in the half and shot 62 percent overall to lead 66-43.

TIP-INS

BYU: Fischer took one shot from inside the arc on Tuesday and missed it. … Kyle Collinsworth finished with 14 points, eight rebounds and seven assists.

Chaminade: The Silverswords had 15 turnovers that led to 27 points for BYU.

UP NEXT

BYU plays Purdue in the fifth-place game on Wednesday.

Chaminade will play Missouri in Wednesday’s seventh-place game.

CHAMINADE’S REBOUNDING

A day after being crushed on the boards, the Silverswords held their own against another big team. Focused on boxing out better, Chaminade kept BYU’s rebounding advantage to a respectable 50-38. The Silverswords also had 16 offensive rebounds, one fewer than BYU and two less than their total for the entire game against Pittsburgh.