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November 22, 2002

1982 Chaminade Team Recalls College Basketball's Biggest Upset

(Honolulu-AP) -- Twenty years after pulling off the biggest upset in college basketball, members of the 1982 Chaminade team gathered for a reunion today. Players and coaches from talked about the game, its place in history and how it set the groundwork for the Maui Invitational.

Former Silverswords coach Merv Lopes says the game changed his life, adding that wherever he went, people always knew about Chaminade.

It was December 23rd, 1982, when the 800-student NAIA school beat top-ranked Virginia and 7-foot-4 center Ralph Sampson. The Cavaliers had been to the Final Four the previous season and had beaten Duke, Georgetown, Houston and Utah heading into the Chaminade game.

Sampson, who also was at today's reunion, says his team simply wasn't ready to play.

A post-game conversation between Virginia coach Terry Holland and Chaminade athletic director Mike Vasconcellos served as the catalyst that led to the creation of the Maui Classic tournament two years later.

The tournament, now known as the Maui Invitational, has become one of the biggest preseason college basketball tournaments in the country.

The 20th anniversary of the Chaminade-Virginia upset is being celebrated early because the schools meet Monday in the tournament's opening game on Maui. Other teams in the field include Arizona State, Gonzaga, Indiana, Kentucky, Massachusetts and Utah.

(Copyright 2002 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APNP-11-22-02 1414HST

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