CLICK TO SUPPORT OUR SPONSORS

Star-Bulletin Sports


Wednesday, November 28, 2001


[ UH BASKETBALL ]

UH



GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARBULLETIN.COM
Northwestern's Chris Lynch and Hawaii's Carl English fought for a
rebound last night. The Rainbows won 60-58.



’Bows hang on
for win

Hawaii nearly blows a big lead
again, but a late basket by Shimonovich
beats Northwestern State


By Cindy Luis
cluis@starbulletin.com

The winter swell hit early last night at the Stan Sheriff Center with the Hawaii men's basketball team "hanging 10" and surviving a second-half wipeout.

The Rainbows (5-1) won their 10th consecutive game at home, dating back to last year, holding off Northwestern State 60-58.

But it wasn't easy.


GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARBULLETIN.COM
Hawaii's Haim Shimonovich and his teammates celebrate after
Shimonovich scored the game-winning basket.



The Demons (2-4) wiped out a double-digit lead midway through the second half, tying the game at 58 with 18 seconds left on a 3-pointer by Michael Byars-Dawson. Haim Shimonovich's layup off a Mark Campbell assist with 4.4 seconds remaining proved to be the game-winner as a desperation 3-point attempt by Byars-Dawson from about 28-feet out hit the rim and bounced away at the buzzer.

"We didn't want to have another Colorado State game," said Shimonovich, referring to last Saturday's 61-59 loss to the Rams, when Hawaii lost a 16-point lead in the second half. "Sometimes we go to sleep. We can't keep doing that when we have the lead.

"On the last play, I knew Mark (Campbell) would find me. He's always looking for the open man."

"We ran our stall game," said Campbell, who finished with a game-high eight assists. "I tried to penetrate, draw the defenders out. I saw Haim."


GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARBULLETIN.COM
Hawaii's Haim Shimonovich, Phil Martin and Mindaugas Burneika
box in Northwestern's Jerrold McRae. Shimonovich scored
the game-winner .



It was Hawaii's first field goal since the 9:28 mark.

Northwestern State chipped away at the Rainbows' 56-44 lead. UH had just two free throws -- both by Carl English -- while the Demons went on a 14-2 run to tie it at 58-58.

After Shimonovich's basket, the Demons had a shot with 4.4 seconds to go. Campbell drew the defensive assignment on Byars-Dawson and "four seconds is an eternity," said the junior point guard.

"We keep playing in spurts," added Campbell. "We have yet to put together 40 minutes of playing together."

In another low-scoring half, the Rainbows used an 8-3 run in the final 3:11 to take a 35-29 lead at intermission.

Shimonovich had 11 of his career-high 16 points in the first half. The Rainbows had a tough time containing the Demons' senior guard Byars-Dawson, who had 17 points in an overtime game last Wednesday in a victory over Siena. Byars-Dawson finished with 17, 12 on 3-pointers.

Also in double figures for Northwestern State was Chris Lynch with 12.

English finished with a team-high 19 points and Mike McIntyre added 14. Shimonovich also had career highs in rebounds (12) and blocked shots (5).

"We hung in there," Demons coach Mike McConathy said. "You can't ask for a better chance to win it than we had.

"We were fortunate to get the ball (to Byars-Dawson), and he had a shot. It wasn't a great shot, but it had a chance."

Hawaii now has 12 days off until its next game. The Rainbows take on Alcorn State on Dec. 10, followed by San Diego State on Dec. 14.

Hawaii 60, Northwestern St. 58

DEMONS (2-4)


fg fga ft fta min reb a tp

Duplessis 0 5 0 0 25 3 1 0

Byars-Dawson 5 15 3 3 25 3 2 17

Fischer 2 7 0 0 26 9 0 4

McRae 1 6 3 4 20 6 0 5

Roberts 1 2 0 0 15 1 2 3

Wilson 2 3 0 0 17 0 1 2

Edwards 1 2 0 0 14 3 0 2

Polk 2 7 2 4 19 1 0 7

Lynch 4 8 3 4 25 4 1 12

Bradley 1 2 0 0 14 1 1 2

Team 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0

Totals 19 57 11 15 200 35 8 58

WARRIORS (5-1)


fg fga ft fta min reb a tp

Martin 2 10 0 2 28 2 0 4

Shimonovich 6 9 4 6 36 12 0 16

Campbell 1 4 0 0 40 3 8 2

Burneika 2 6 0 0 22 0 3 5

English 5 13 9 14 33 8 3 19

McIntyre 6 12 0 0 33 6 1 14

Zivanovic 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0

Jesinskis 0 0 0 1 5 0 1 0

Team 0 0 0 0 0 6 0 0

Totals 22 54 13 23 200 37 16 60

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 35, Northwestern St. 29.

3-point goals--Northwestern St. 9-17 (Byars-Dawson 4-6, Wilson 2-2, Roberts 1-1, Lynch 1-1, Polk 1-4, Duplessis 0-1, Fischer 0-1, Edwards 0-1), Hawaii 3-13 (McIntyre 2-5, Burneika 1-3, Campbell 0-2, English 0-3). Total fouls--Northwestern St. 21, Hawaii 17. Fouled out--None. Steals--Northwestern St. 5 (Byars-Dawson 2, Polk 2, McRae 1), Hawaii 6 (Burneika 2, English 2, Martin 1, McIntyre 1). Blocked shots--Northwestern St. 5 (Fischer 5), Hawaii 7 (Shimonovich 5, Campbell 1, Jesinskis 1). Turnovers--Northwestern St. 15 (Polk 4, Duplessis 2, McRae 2, Roberts 2, Wilson 2, Byars-Dawson 1, Edwards 1, Lynch 1). Hawaii 13 (English 5, McIntyre 3, Burneika 2, Shimonovich 2, Martin 1). Officials--Bryan Barr, Brian Sorenson, Ryan Wells. A--5,488.



UH Athletics
Ka Leo O Hawaii



E-mail to Sports Editor


Text Site Directory:
[News] [Business] [Features] [Sports] [Editorial] [Do It Electric!]
[Classified Ads] [Search] [Subscribe] [Info] [Letter to Editor]
[Feedback]



© 2001 Honolulu Star-Bulletin
http://archives.starbulletin.com