Star-Bulletin Sports

Friday, December 7, 2001


UH Football

Pisa may play tomorrow

By Dave Reardon

Hawaii outside linebacker Pisa Tinoisamoa participated in practice yesterday and might be able to play tomorrow against Brigham Young.

Tinoisamoa, a second-team all-Western Athletic Conference choice, has missed all but one play of the Warriors' past four games. He was out with a stress fracture in his lower right leg.

"His X-rays looked good," UH defensive coordinator Kevin Lempa said. "We'll look at him again (today) and see where we stand."

Defensive end Travis Laboy, also a second-team All-WAC player, remains hampered by a left ankle sprain. Laboy played in UH's last game, against Air Force on Nov. 24, but the ankle still bothers him.

Linebacker Matt Wright, who injured his right knee against Air Force, is listed as doubtful.

"We won't know until tomorrow about Matt," Lempa said yesterday.

Selling out: UH's first sellout at Aloha Stadium this season is welcome news to coach June Jones.

"I think that will be a an advantage for us if they try to audible and when big plays come up," Jones said. "The crowd noise is a huge factor here."

The last time Aloha Stadium was sold out for a game against Brigham Young was 1992, when Hawaii won 36-32.

Since then, UH is 0-2 when 50,000 tickets are distributed for a home game. USC beat Hawaii 62-7 in the 1999 season-opener, and Portland State toppled UH 45-20 in last year's first game.

Short yardage: The Cougars arrived late Wednesday and are staying at the Turtle Bay Hilton. ... Hawaii is 1-1 against teams that left the WAC to form the Mountain West. UH beat Air Force 52-30 two weeks ago and lost 34-32 to UNLV last season.

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