Nov. 21, 2011
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) - Lazeric Jones had 19 points, Jerime Anderson added a career-high 18 more as UCLA ran past Chaminade in the second half for a 92-60 victory in the quarterfinals of the Maui Invitational on Monday.
The Bruins (1-2) were raggedy early, but came out in the second half with lots of energy and stellar defense."To be honest, it felt different in the locker room (at halftime)," said Jones. "I could see everybody was feeling confident. And you could see everybody was feeling anxious to get back on the floor and work hard. From the beginning (of the second half) we came out with some energy that we haven't seen so far. So I felt like this was a turning point for us."
UCLA turned around quickly, hitting 19 of 33 shots in the second half and preventing any thought of a comeback with seven of its 12 blocked shots. Joshua Smith had a career-high four blocks on the evening to go with 12 points and eight rebounds.Tyler Lamb added career-highs of 15 points and three blocks to go with five rebounds, two assists and two steals in an all-around effort for the Bruins, who improved to 7-3 all-time in the Maui Invitational.
The Bruins move on to face No. 14 Kansas in Tuesday's semifinal. The game will be televised on ESPN at 6:30 p.m. (PT)/4:30 p.m. (HT).
Chaminade (3-1) had designs on another upset in its home state, refusing to back down against the bigger Bruins in a tight first half. But the Silverswords didn't have enough to finish this one off, so they head into the loser's bracket.