LAHAINA, Hawaii — Chase Fischer came out hot in the first half against Chaminade here at the Maui Invitational, going 9-for-10 from beyond the arc for a scorching 27 points. BYU led the host school 66-43 at the break.
Fischer's barrage tied Jimmer Fredette's BYU record for 3-pointers in a game — and there's still 20 more minutes to play. It's a virtual certainty that Chase will end the day as the school's sole record holder. It has truly been a breathtaking individual display.
Of course, Fischer's teammates weren't bad themselves either. The rest of the team went 5-for-8 from deep during the opening stanza, nicely complementing the Wake Forest transfer's salvo. Anson Winder and Kyle Collinsworth paced the non-Fischer Cougars with 12 and 10 points, respectively.
But the big story of the half was Fischer — and his explosion couldn't have come at a better time. Tyler Haws picked up two quick fouls in the game's opening minutes, forcing him to the bench for the rest of the half and leaving a big questions as to who would fill the All-American candidate's scoring role. Chase didn't hesitate to step into those sizable shoes — and then some. Fischer hit his first 8 three-point attempts, missing his 9th with 10:19 left in the half.
If there was a black mark on that exhilarating first half for the Cougars, it was (surprise!) defense. Despite the offensive fireworks, BYU allowed Division II Chaminade to score 43 points in the period — on pace for 86 for the game. Coach Dave Rose will want to tighten things up on that end after the break, just in case his team ever stops making threes at an historic pace.