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You knew that with 'Nova playing so many games there was a chance of this happening...

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Hosts sever 30-game Invitational Streak

LAHAINA, Hawaii (AP) -- This time, Chaminade's upset just felt really good.

Kashif Reyes scored eight of his 10 points in the final 2{ minutes to help Chaminade beat Villanova 52-49 Monday in the opening round of the Maui Invitational and snap a 30-game losing streak in its own tournament.

The win was nowhere near the Division II school's most famous -- it beat then-No. 1 Virginia and Ralph Sampson 77-72 on Dec. 23, 1982 -- but it did set off an on-court celebration at the Lahaina Civic Center.

"I'm not sure how I feel," fourth-year coach Aaron Greiss said. "I'm new at this, but it feels great."

The Silverswords' last win in the tournament was in the seventh-place game in 1992 in double overtime over Stanford. This win lifts their record in the tournament to 4-53.

"This was a great game for the program," forward Sam Henning said. "People kept reminding us about how many years it's been. For our program it's just great."

Chaminade will play Hawaii, which beat Santa Clara 56-43 in Tuesday's semifinals. It will be the third meeting between the schools located about a mile apart in Honolulu on neighboring Oahu. The teams split the previous games with Hawaii winning the most recent on Dec. 17, 1982.

Reyes, a native of Reading, Pa., came up big against the school from his home state. He hit a 3-pointer with 2:29 left that brought Chaminade (1-0) within 46-44 and he nailed another one from beyond the arc with 1:44 to play that gave the Silverswords the lead for good at 47-46.

Henning and Reyes each sandwiched two free throws around one by Villanova's Will Sheridan to make it 51-47 with 13 seconds left.

Villanova (2-1), which played just seven players as the team continues to serve out suspensions from last season over the misuse of a university telephone access code, had one last chance to tie.

Roy Stigall made the first of two free throws for Chaminade with 5.7 seconds left to make it 52-49 and Randy Foye's 3-point attempt bounced off the rim just before the buzzer and the Silverswords charged the court to celebrate.

Reyes said he didn't know any of the Villanova players but that didn't take anything away from what the Silverswords did.

"It didn't matter we just went out and played," he said. "We're really happy for coach that he got a win here. He prepared us so well and we did it on the floor."

Stigall led Chaminade with 14 points and Henning had 12 points and 11 rebounds.

Allan Ray had 19 points for Villanova, while Foye had 12 points and seven assists and Chris Charles had eight points and 12 rebounds. The Wildcats were playing their third game in four days in three time zones.

"We had a good rest and we played hard to the end, but they played smarter, tougher," Villanova coach Jay Wright said.

Wright had reminded the team about Chaminade's success two decades ago.

"It was a big game for them but it shouldn't have affected us," he said. "They just played better. We had opportunities but we didn't make them. Give Chaminade a lot of credit. They played better than us."

Chaminade led 28-20 at halftime after Villanova managed just two points over the final 8:50 of the half. The Wildcats went up 44-37 on a free throw by Ray with 7:08 to play, but they managed just two field goals the rest of the way.

Greiss said the suspensions didn't take away from the win.

"They may have been short in the lineup but they still had some McDonald's All-Americans," he said. "We have some good players, too."




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Well, I was going to say with 'Nova only playing seven players, you knew this was going to happen, but the end result is the same.

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