OU Meets Chaminade in Maui Finale

Athletics Communications
By Athletics Communications
University of Oklahoma
NOVEMBER 22, 2006

Oklahoma (2-2) meets Chaminade (0-2) in the third and final round of the 2006 EA SPORTS Maui Invitational Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. CST (2:30 p.m. Hawaii time) at the Lahaina Civic Center after both teams lost their first and second round games.   Oklahoma fell 77-65 to No. 12 Memphis on Monday and 74-71 to Purdue on Tuesday.  Chaminade lost 88-63 to No. 20 Kentucky before falling 93-74 to DePaul.

Wednesday’s game will air on the Sooner Radio Network (flagship KOKC-AM 1520 in Oklahoma City) with Bob Carpenter and Mike Houck announcing.  It will be televised on ESPNU with Sean McDonough, Bill Raftery and Jay Bilas calling the action.

Wednesday, Nov. 22
Tip: 6:30 p.m. CST (2:30 p.m. Hawaii time)
Radio: Sooner Radio Network
  Flagship: KOKC 1520 AM (OKC)
Series: Oklahoma leads 1-0

Game Notes (PDF) | Schedule  

F  32  Taylor Griffin (6-7, 232, So., 9.0 ppg, 7.8 rpg) 
C  30  Longar Longar (6-11, 228, Jr., 11.8 ppg, 5.5 rpg) 
G  2   Michael Neal (6-3, 198, Sr., 12.0 ppg, 4.5 rpg) 
G  5   Tony Crocker (6-5, 187, Fr., 10.3 ppg, 3.3 rpg) 
G  20  Austin Johnson (6-3, 160, So., 11.8 ppg, 4.8 apg) 

F  40  Stewart Kussler (6-5, 215, Jr., 12.5 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
C  30  Marko Kolaric (6-11, 230, Jr., 7.5 ppg, 9.0 rpg)
G  1   Hayden Heiber (6-2, 180, Jr., 5.5 ppg, 3.0 rpg)
G  10  Darrell Birton (5-11, 180, Jr., 9.0 ppg, 2.0 rpg)
G  25  Zack Whiting (6-3, 205, Sr., 13.5 ppg, 11.5 apg)

The Sooners surrendered 27 points off turnovers and 19 second-chance points in a 74-71 loss to Purdue on Tuesday morning at the EA Sports Maui Invitational.  It was OU’s second loss in as many days in Hawaii.  OU committed 18 turnovers and got outrebounded 33-26 (14-8 on the offensive glass).

David Godbold, who was replaced in the starting lineup by Michael Neal, scored a career-high 17 points and tied a career high with nine rebounds in 32 minutes.  He matched his career best with four 3-pointers on eight attempts and added a pair of assists.  Austin Johnson netted 16 points (his second highest career total) and a team-high five assists while Longar Longar registered 10 points and five boards.  One day after scoring 18 points, Neal was held to six points on Tuesday.  He failed to make a 3-pointer for the first time in his OU career (he was 0-for-3).  Tony Crocker, who entered the game with a 13.2 scoring average, failed to score a point in 13 minutes of action.  He was hampered by foul trouble for the second straight day.

Six Sooners average at least 9.0 points per game.  Neal leads the way with his 12.0 scoring average and is followed by Johnson (11.8), Longar (11.8), Crocker (10.3), Godbold (9.3) and Taylor Griffin (9.0).  Griffin also averages a team-high 7.8 rebounds a game, but was held to two on Tuesday.

Tuesday’s game began at 8:30 a.m. Hawaii time.
One day after going 19-for-20 (.950) at the free throw line, Oklahoma made 18-of-21 attempts (.857).  The Sooners are now shooting .747 from the line on the year.
The Sooners shot .520 from the field in the second half after shooting .400 in the first.  They finished at .460 for the game.
OU made its first four 3-point attempts of the second half but missed its final six tries.  It went 7-for-24 for the game (.292).
The Sooners dropped to 4-4 all-time in the Maui Invitational.  They went 2-1 in each of their previous trips (1988 and 1992).
OU fell to 5-4 all-time against Purdue and had its two-game winning streak against the Boilers snapped.

Chaminade enters Wednesday’s game against OU with a 0-2 record after losing to Kentucky (88-63) and to DePaul (93-74).  The Silverswords are coming off perhaps their best season in history.  They finished 19-9 last year and won the Pacific West Conference with a 9-3 record.  Chaminade also advanced to its first ever Division II NCAA Tournament and beat Alaska-Anchorage 84-67 in the first round.

The Silverswords are led by senior point guard Zack Whiting, a Bob Cousy Award candidate who averages team highs of 13.5 points and 11.5 assists a game.  He had 13 points, 13 assists and six rebounds against DePaul on Tuesday.  Junior forward Stewart Kussler contributes 13.0 points and 5.5 boards a game and netted 21 points on 8-for-11 shooting versus the Blue Demons.  Junior guard Mike Green has come off the bench the first two games to average 12.5 points a contest.  Green and fellow junior guard Darrell Birton are both 6-for-13 (.462) from 3-point range on the young season.

Matt Mahar, the 2006 Pac West Coach of the Year, is in his second season as the Silverswords’ head coach and owns a 19-11 (.633) record at the school.  

Oklahoma and Chaminade have met one previous time and the Sooners came out on top.  OU posted a 105-88 victory in the Maui Invitational second round on Dec. 22, 1992.

This marks OU’s third trip to the Maui Invitational and 10th time it has participated in a tournament in the Aloha State.  The Sooners were runners-up in the 1988 Maui Invitational and finished fifth in 1992 (they went 2-1 both times).  They also competed in the Big Island Invitational in 1997 (1-2 record) and 2000 (3-0), the Chaminade Classic in 1984 (1-1) and 1987 (3-0), the Hawaii-Loa Tournament in 1985 (2-0) and the Rainbow Classic in 1982 (2-1) and 1994 (1-2).

Oklahoma’s previous two Maui Invitational results are below.

Second place (2-1 record)
Head Coach: Billy Tubbs
Day 1: OU 97, Ohio State 93
Day 2: OU 83, UNLV 81
Day 3: Michigan 91, OU 80

Fifth place (2-1 record)
Head Coach: Billy Tubbs
Day 1: BYU 76, OU 75
Day 2: OU 105, Chaminade 88
Day 3: OU 108, DePaul 94



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