No. 4 Kansas cruises over Chaminade 93-63 in Maui

Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji (30) dribbles through the Chaminade defense during an NCAA college basketball game Monday, Nov. 25, 2019, in Lahaina, Hawaii. (AP Photo/Marco Garcia)

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) Devin Dotson scored 19 points, Udoka Azubuike added 15 despite early foul trouble and No. 5 Kansas cruised to a 93-63 victory over Division II Chaminade at the Maui Invitational on Monday.

The Jayhawks (4-1) jumped on the Silverswords (2-1) with a huge early run and never let up, shooting 55% while making 12 of 29 from 3-point range. Kansas scored 36 points off Chaminade’s 27 turnovers and had a 50-22 advantage in the paint.

Isaiah Moss had 13 points for the two-time Maui champion Jayhawks, who move on to face UCLA or BYU in Tuesday’s semifinals.

Andre Arissol had 18 points and Tyler Cartaino 17 to lead Chaminade.

Kansas opened the season with a two-point loss to Duke after turning it over a whopping 28 times. The Jayhawks have gotten a better grip since then, heading into Maui with three straight double-digit wins.

Chaminade returned to the championship round this year after playing in the opening rounds last season.

The tournament hosts have had a knack for pulling off upsets against bigger opponents, most recently against California in 2017.

The Silverswords opened by making three of their first four shots to take a brief lead.

Very brief.

Once the Jayhawks got acclimated to shooting in the tiny confines of Lahaina Civic Center, they flew away from Chaminade. Kansas used a 20-2 run to go up 20-7 and made 18 of 32 shots to lead 47-27at halftime Azubuike limited seven minutes due to foul trouble.

Another short run to start the second half put the Jayhawks up 61-33 and the game out of reach.

BIG PICTURE

Kansas squelched any thought of an upset with its big early run and cruised into the semifinals.

Chaminade needed to shoot well to have any chance of keeping it close and wasn’t nearly good enough to keep up with the Jayhawks.

UP NEXT

Kansas faces the UCLA-BYU winner in Tuesday’s semifinals.

Chaminade plays the UCLA-BYU loser.