Tennessee beats Chaminade 95-81 to take seventh in Maui

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LAHAINA, Hawai’i — Robert Hubbs III scored a career-high 28 points Wednesday, fueling Tennessee to a 95-81 win over Chaminade on the final day of the Maui Invitational at Lahaina Civic Center.
Hubbs scored Tennessee’s first 11 points of the second half, and 22 of his 28 points came after halftime. He also totaled five rebounds, three assists and four steals.
Nine different Vols scored at least three points in the victory, as the team shot 52 percent from the field and totaled 52 points in the paint.
Riding 12 points from sophomore Shembari Phillips, the Volunteers (2-3) led 51-40 at halftime. The Big Orange entered the break on a 7-0 run.
For the third straight day, Vols junior Detrick Mostella came off the bench to ignite the Tennessee offense. The Decatur, Alabama, native hit a pair of first-half 3-pointers and also had a block and a steal before halftime.
Mostella finished with 14 points Wednesday, making him Tennessee’s leading scorer at this year’s Maui Invitational with 16.0 points per game. He shot 44 percent from 3-point range during UT’s three tournament games.
After logging a double-double Tuesday vs. No. 13 Oregon, UT freshman John Fulkerson earned his first career start Wednesday and picked up right where he left off the day before. The forward scored all eight of his points in the first half and finished with a team-high eight rebounds. He also added two assists, two blocks and two steals.
Rohndell Goodwin had a team-high 22 points for Chaminade (2-3), while Kiran Shastri added 19.
Tennessee now returns home to Rocky Top, where it has more than a week until its next game–a home clash vs. Georgia Tech on Saturday, Dec. 3, at 1 p.m. ET (SEC Network+).
FOR STARTERS
Tennessee on Wednesday used its fifth different starting lineup in five games this season. The Vols’ starters were Shembari Phillips, Jordan Bowden, Robert Hubbs III, Grant Williams and John Fulkerson. It was Fulkerson’s first collegiate start. Five different freshmen have started for the Vols this season.
CAN’T SPELL MAUI WITHOUT A “W”
With the win over Chaminade, Tennessee has won at least one game in each of its three appearances at the Maui Invitational. Wednesday’s victory also made UT head coach Rick Barnes the only coach in the famed event’s history to lead three different programs to wins in Maui.

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