Sports Notebook

Sunday, January 25, 2004


BSU sits 4, including starter

Coach Greg Graham said they
didn't play because of "discipline"

Boise State used only seven of its 11 available players last night in Hawaii's 64-58 victory over the Broncos.

BSU coach Greg Graham tried his best not to use that as an excuse.

"They wore us down a little. I think we got a little tired with just the seven guys," Graham said. "I can't complain. We had some guys not used to the positions they were in and they had to step up into the fire."

Starting guard Bryan Defares was among the four who did not play.

"It's a coaching decision and some team discipline," Graham said. "All four of them ... leave it at team discipline."

Hawaii's Julian Sensley went to the hoop between Boise State's Coby Karl and Jermaine Blackburn during last night's game. Sensley had 12 points and seven rebounds.

Generation Next: Hawaii freshman Bobby Nash found himself guarding Boise State freshman Coby Karl several times last night, including a key juncture late in the game.

Their fathers, Hawaii associate coach Bob Nash and former NBA coach George Karl, played against each other during the mid-1970s in the ABA and NBA.

Karl started his second game of the season, replacing Defares.

Karl scored nine points on 3-for-9 shooting, including two 3-pointers, the second of which gave Boise State a 39-32 lead with 16:23 left in the game.

But Nash helped shut him down the rest of the way, except for a meaningless dunk with five seconds left.

"Bobby Nash came in and did a very good job on Coby Karl," Hawaii coach Riley Wallace said. "I thought Bobby played really well when he went in there when Michael Kuebler was so tired in the second half."

The younger Karl said he met Nash when they were in sixth grade at a summer basketball camp in Utah. They both also attended the ABCD Camp together while in high school.

Loud crowd: The Stan Sheriff Center crowd of 7,799 was UH's biggest of the year -- as well as the most boisterous. The fans were eardrum-splitting loud at points of the second half. The crowd even got a warning -- when a fan shined a laser pointer into the eyes of Jason Ellis as he shot free throws.

Boise State came into the arena with six road wins. And that's how many it left with.

"We're road warriors, but this is a very tough place to play," Karl said.

The crowd was Hawaii's largest since Senior Night of last season.

Bouncing back: Wallace predicted that senior forward Phil Martin would come back strong after a zero-point performance against Texas-El Paso on Thursday.

It took until the second half for Martin to make Wallace a prophet.

Martin played all 20 minutes after the break, scoring nine of his 13 points on 4-for-6 shooting from the floor.

Inducted: Larry Tanimoto and the late Dr. Allen Richardson were officially enshrined in the UH Sports Circle of Honor at halftime.


[ GOLF ]

Results matter little
to Arnie’s Army

KA'UPULEHU-KONA, HAWAII >> It was 10:45 in the morning and there were about 20 minutes left until Arnold Palmer was scheduled to begin his second round in the 2004 MasterCard Championship at the Hualalai Golf Club.

But the minute he walked off the putting green to walk to the first tee box, the King of Golf was besieged by autograph seekers and fans wanting to have their picture taken with the legend.

"We've seen Mr. Palmer play many a times and he attracts a crowd wherever he goes," said course volunteer Monte Box, of Tulsa, Okla. "The seniors has brought about a new era -- the Jack Nicklauses, and Arnold Palmers -- and his presence here is great. But once he tees off, he's all business."

Doug Tewell teed off during the second round of the MasterCard Championship in Ka'upulehu-Kona, Hawaii, yesterday. Tewell has a two-stroke lead.

It didn't matter to the crowd of 150 or so that surrounded the first tee that Palmer was 5 over and the first player off the tee yesterday.

"Are you kidding?" said Pauline Brickey of San Francisco.

"He's one of the best ... a real gentlemen."

Brickey was the first person fortunate enough to get a picture of Palmer and herself when he finished putting and made his way toward the opening hole.

"Of course I asked him first," said Brickey, who smiled broadly after her husband, Jim Brickey, snapped a picture of them.

Palmer, who turned 74 on Sept. 10, begins his 50th year in professional golf and will be playing in his 50th consecutive Masters. He has 62 wins on the PGA Tour, including four Masters, two British Opens and one U.S. Open. He also has 10 victories on the Champions Tour -- the last was the 1988 Crestar Classic.

"One of the great things about golf is the people I get to meet along the way," said Palmer after carding a 39-36-75 yesterday for a two-round total 152.

Palmer has been a fixture in the Senior Skins Game, an event that he has won in 1990, '92 and '93, and this year will be no different.

"The Legend always brings 'em in," course volunteer Pat Ryan from Waikoloa said of Palmer, who will return to Wailea, Maui, next week to defend his Skins title.

Palmer was also cordial enough to stop and take a picture with Lacy Berdon before ducking under the ropes at the fist tee.

"I never really got into golf, but I used to work at the PGA West and Indian Ridge, so I was always around golf and he's always been like that," said Lacy's mother, Kellie Berdon of Kona, who took the picture of Palmer.

It was the second straight day Palmer attracted one of the biggest crowds and it promises to be much more of the same today and every time he plays.

"He does that every year," Ryan said.

By the numbers: The toughest hole after the completion of yesterday's first round was the 205-yard, par-3 No. 5.

A straight-away hole that plays from an elevated tee overlooking a picturesque fairway with lake and water features, there were 24 pars, 13 bogeys and two double bogeys recorded there -- one by Vicente Fernandez and the other by Gary Player.

The easiest hole after one round was the downhill, dogleg-left 10th, a 566-yard, par-5.

There were three eagles (Jim Ahearn, Rodger Davis and Dave Eichelberger), 23 birdies and 13 pars.

Overall, there were 21 rounds in the 60s and six scorecards at over par (72).

It was a different story following the end of the second round.

The 222-yard, par-3 eighth and 416-yard, par-4 No. 11 were the toughest holes. There were only four birdies on No. 8 with 25 pars, nine bogeys and one double bogey. The 11th saw just two players making birdies, while there were 28 pars and nine bogeys.

The easiest hole was No. 4, a 526-yard par 5. There were two eagles, 27 birdies, nine pars and just one bogey by D.A. Weibring.

The average score for the second round was 68.667. Yesterday, 25 of 39 players had rounds in the 60s.

Moving on up: Don Pooley's 65 moved him up 13 spots into a tie for 12th, the biggest move of the day by anyone in the field.

Weather watch: At 7:45 a.m. yesterday thunderstorms were predicted to hit the course between 2 and 5 p.m. But by the time Palmer finished his round in a little over three hours at 3:20, it was sunny, hot and there wasn't a drop of rain to be found.

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