No. 22 Syracuse 82, Chaminade 44
Nov. 23, 1998
LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) _ Freshmen reserves John Bland and Preston Shumpert combined for 26 points as No. 22 Syracuse beat Chaminade 82-44 in the opening game of the Maui Invitational Monday.
Bland finished with 15 points and Shumpert 11 as the Orangemen (3-0) took command early in overwhelming the undermanned Silverswords, who were making their season debut.
Syracuse bolted to a 39-14 halftime lead with Ryan Blackwell scoring 9 points and Bland 8. Syracuse got six 3-pointers during that run, which included sprees of 14-2 and 21-4.
The lead was up to 35 points midway through the second half with Bland completing the scoring with a 3-pointer and another basket.
All 11 Syracuse players scored, with Blackwell and Jason Hart also adding 11 apiece. For the game, the Orangemen shot 34-of-64 (53 percent), including 10-of-21 from 3-point range.
Syracuse forced the Silverswords into 24 turnovers, while holding them to 26 percent (14-of-53) shooting from the floor. The Orangemen also blocked 10 shots, with Etan Thomas getting five, and Hart getting five of his team's 11 steals.
Kenzie Weir was Chaminade's top scorer with 11 points.
The defeat was the 16th straight for Chaminade in the Maui Invitational, a tournament it hosts. The Silverswords were hampered by the loss of their top returning scorer, Stanley Martin, who broke a wrist a week ago.