Silverswords Slice Through Horns

Texas coach Rick Barnes called his Longhorns "tentative" and "scared" following their shocking 86-73 loss to Division II Chaminade in the semifinals of the EA Sports Maui Invitational.

Call it looking past an opponent. Call it not understanding the urgency at which the game is played. But don't try to convince Texas coach Rick Barnes that Texas's 86-73 loss at the hands of Division II Chaminade — the Silverswords' seventh win in 29 Maui Invitationals — is the product of the team's youth.

Barnes called the Longhorns tentative and scared, and here summed up a point, following a timeout, where Texas committed a shot-clock violation.

"No, we're not going to buy the youth thing," Barnes said. "It chalks up to toughness. It chalks up to guys doing their job, chalks up to leadership or lack of. It chalks up to understanding a sense of urgency. So it's just right after that was another timeout, and it just goes back to, again, when you are tentative, you're not doing the things that you practice, I think those type things happen.

"Guys are looking around like who is going to make a play?" Barnes said. "We're not a good enough team right now that we can rely on any one individual. We have to be a team, a collective team. We've got to have everybody doing their job. We didn't get that from the very tip, from the very tip we didn't get it."

Actually, the Longhorns didn't appear to have too many problems at The Opening tip. Despite struggling offensively, Texas raced out to an early 8-0 lead with buckets from four different players. But the rest of the half played out closely, with Chaminade taking its first lead at 25-24 with 3:22 left in the first half. Surprisingly, that was a lead the Silverswords never relinquished, and Chaminade led 31-27 at halftime.

In the second half, De'Andre Haskins took over, scoring 27 of his 32 points as the Silverswords canned 50 percent of their three-pointers. With the Longhorns themselves struggling to find consistent offense, the Silversword lead swelled to as many as 19 points. at 64-45

Texas did fight back after that point, going on a 12-3 run and cutting the lead to 10 points at 67-57 with 3:10 left. But the Silverswords, who shot at outstanding 34-of-39 from the free throw line for the game, closed out the game by making 17-of-18 free throws in the final three minutes.

"Well, from my point of view, not really," Barnes responded when asked if he was encouraged by the late run. "I think sometimes there is such a thing as phony tough guys when you're playing with house money now. You're coming back saying what the heck, and you play.

"I'm just really disappointed in our whole team, and I'm including coaches too, because obviously we haven't done a good enough job coaching them," Barnes said. "But when you come back and make a push, we had a chance to even cut a little lower and missed a dunk, missed a couple of dunks.

"But we had a chance," Barnes said. "We had even more chances, but we just didn't do anything that we need to do."

Hoskins scored 32 points and grabbed nine rebounds in just 25 minutes, going 7-of-11 from the floor, 4-of-6 from the three-point line and 14-of-15 from the free throw line. Kevin Hu was the only other Silversword in double figures, scoring 16 points.

Chaminade actually shot just 36.8 percent from the field to Texas's 46.4 percent, but the difference in free throw shooting (Texas was 17-of-30 from the line), three-point shooting (Texas was 4-of-21 to Chaminade's 10-of-30) and rebounding made the difference. The smaller Silverswords actually out-rebounded the Longhorns 43-35.

"The team that won the game should have won the game," Barnes said. "They played better. I thought they played, collectively, I thought they played harder. I thought we played very tentative. I would probably even use the word scared. We haven't played anything in the three games that we've played anything like what we've practiced.

"That's probably the most disappointing thing is that we just aren't even giving ourselves a chance to be in games because the guys that you count on and as a group, we've got to count on everybody to do what we expect them to do," Barnes said. "But, again, Chaminade won the game. They should have won it. I don't even think the score is even indicative of how much better they played than we played."

Javan Felix led the Longhorns with 17 points and five assists. Sheldon McClellan scored 14 but was just 3-of-11 from the field and 1-of-7 from the three-point line. Jonathan Holmes (10 points, nine rebounds) and Julien Lewis (10 points) also scored in double-digits.

Texas (2-1) will play USC (2-1), 94-64 losers to Illinois, in the second round of the tournament. That game is set for 4 p.m. CT on ESPN2.

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