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Saturday, November 25, 2000


R A I N B O W _ B A S K E T B A L L




By Dennis Oda, Star-Bulletin
Southeastern Louisiana's Curtis Walker, left, and
Alfrado Jackson tie up Hawaii's Troy Ostler.



Rainbows
under control at
Tip-Off

Hawaii opens tournament by
beating Southeastern Louisiana
for first victory


By Dave Reardon
Star-Bulletin

University of Hawaii men's basketball coach Riley Wallace took away some of his team's freedom.

And it liberated the Rainbows enough for them to beat Southeastern Louisiana, 59-55, last night.

UH It wasn't the prettiest thing the gathering of 3,755 at the Stan Sheriff Center ever saw. But the crowd appreciated the grit, as Hawaii came back from a four-point second-half deficit in the first game of the United Airlines Tip-Off Tournament.

The Rainbows played transition ball in the season-opener against Louisville, but took too many quick shots and ended up losing.

"Once they realize what a good shot is, we'll let them run again," Wallace said.

Last night, Wallace disallowed fastbreaks after made baskets, and the Rainbows used the saved energy on defense.

It worked.

Point guard Mike McIntyre caused two five-seconds turnovers and took a charge to lead the Rainbows to their first victory.

"They did it with defense," Wallace said.

Tomorrow the Rainbows play San Diego, a team Wallace said is similar to Southeastern Louisiana. The Toreros pounded Elon College, 87-66, last night.

"They're well-coached and well-disciplined," he said. "We'll have to be patient again."

The Rainbows took their time on offense and took the ball away on defense last night.

The Lions turned it over six times in the last 7:34 in frittering away their lead.

The final Southeastern Louisiana (2-1) mistake came with three seconds left and a chance to tie or go ahead as Derrick Franklin dribbled the ball off his right foot and out of bounds.

"We broke down defensively and lost our composure against a tough opponent on the road," Lions' coach Billy Kennedy said.

McIntyre made two free throws with a second left to ice it.

He also applied pressure against the Lions' ballhandlers throughout the game.

"At point guard, team defense starts with your initiative. If I play hard 'D,' if I pressure the ball it takes them longer to get in their offense," McIntyre said.

It also inspired other Rainbows. Ricky Terrell also caused a five-seconds turnover, and Predrag Savovic and Mindaugas Burneika also drew charges in the second half.

"It's catching. If you see a guy make a great defensive play and get congratulated, you want to make one, too," Wallace said.

Troy Ostler led Hawaii in the scoring column with 15 points, including 9 in the second half.

Nerijus Puida added 12 and Savovic 11 -- including two off a layup after Ostler's perfect bounce pass. The play made it 54-53 with 3:15 left, and Hawaii had the lead it would keep.

Marcus Kemp and Jamaal Wolfe scored 13 each for the Lions.

Hawaii 59, Southeastern Louisiana 55

Lions (2-1)


fg fga ft fta min reb a tp
Jackson 1 6 2 2 34 2 2 10
Ceaser 0 1 0 0 16 0 0 4
Kemp 5 12 0 0 36 5 4 25
Franklin 2 4 0 0 23 4 1 11
Wolfe 6 9 0 0 31 3 3 13
Clark 2 2 0 0 9 1 0 12
Berry 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 2
Singletary 3 6 0 0 20 0 2 0
Juluke 0 1 0 0 20 5 0 9
Walker 3 5 1 2 18 5 0 9
Team 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Totals 22 46 3 4 200 27 12 55

Rainbows (1-1)


fg fga ft fta min reb a tp
Savovic 3 7 5 7 38 1 4 11
McIntyre 2 5 2 2 32 1 1 7
Radovic 0 1 0 0 14 1 0 14
Puida 5 10 1 2 36 6 5 12
Ostler 5 10 5 9 35 4 2 15
Martin 1 2 1 1 12 2 0 3
Terrell 1 2 0 0 12 0 2 2
Burneika 3 6 2 2 21 1 1 9
English 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0
Fields 0 1 0 0 5 1 0 0
Team 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0
Totals 20 44 16 23 200 19 15 59

Key--fg: field goals; fga: field goals attempted; ft: free throws; fta: free throws attempted; min: minutes; reb: rebounds; a: assists; tp: total points.

Halftime-Hawaii 29, Southeastern Louisiana 27.

3-point goals--SL 8-17 (Singletary 3-6, Kemp 3-7, Franklin 1-1, Wolfe 1-3); UH 3-10 (Puida 1-1, Burneika 1-3, McIntyre 1-3, Terrell 0-1, Savovic 0-2). Personal fouls--SL 23, UH 12. Fouled out--None. Technical fouls--None. Steals--SL 5 (Ceaser 2, Kemp 2, Juluke), UH 5 (Savovic 2, Puida 2, Terrell). Blocked shots--SL 2 (Wolfe, Walker), UH 2 (Ostler 2). Turnovers--SL 19 (Franklin 6, Clark 4, Jackson 3, Singletary 2, Juluke, Walker, Wolfe, Kemp), UH 12 (Ostler 5, McIntyre 3, Puida 2, Savovic, Terrell). Officials--Sitov, Thibodeaux, Yamashita. A-5,922 (tickets distributed), 3,755 (turnstile).

San Diego 87, Elon 66

SAN DIEGO (2-1): White 1-4 1-5 3, Laws 8-14 1-1 22, Rigby 4-7 2-2 11, Lippold 2-6 2-2 7, Field 2-2 5-8 9, Morris 0-1 2-2 2, Delzell 3-3 0-0 7, Boardman 0-2 4-4 4, Adamo 5-10 3-4 16, Greene 0-2 0-2 0, Hanson 3-4 0-0 6, Borrego 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 28-55 20-30 87.

ELON (0-3): Rowell 4-10 14-14 24, Gaskins 5-10 0-0 12, Adams 2-4 0-0 5, Hall 1-2 2-2 4, McSwain 5-9 0-0 12, Jerenic 1-2 0-0 2, Sims 0-2 2-4 2, Kusterman 1-5 -0 3, Kirby 0-2 0-0 2, Johnson 0-0 0-0 0, Backs 1-2 0-0 2. Totals 20-48 19-22 66.

Halftime--San Diego 48, Elon 34. 3-point goals--San Diego 11-21 (Laws 5-7, Adamo 3-6, Rigby 1-1, Lippold 1-1, Delzell 1-1, White 0-1, Morris 0-1, Greene 0-1, Boardman 0-2), Elon 7-16 (Rowell 2-3, Gaskins 2-3, McSwain 2-4, Kusterman 1-5, Sims 0-1). Fouled out--Adams. Rebounds--San Diego 41 (Field 9), Elon 18 (McSwain 3). Assists--San Diego 19 (Field 5), Elon 12 (Gaskins 3). Total fouls--San Diego 19, Elon 22.



UH Athletics
Ka Leo O Hawaii



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