Saturday, November 28, 1998


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




Hawaii makes
quick work of
Wichita State

UH advances to the final
of the United Airlines men's
basketball tourney

By Bill Kwon
Star-Bulletin

Tapa

Energized by a 15-0 run to start the game and by the play of true freshman Mike McIntyre, who was making his first start, the Hawaii men's basketball team whipped Wichita State, 73-51, in the United Airlines Tip-Off Tournament yesterday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Hawaii will meet Auburn for the first time ever in tomorrow night's final.

The unbeaten Tigers won their fifth in a row, beating Rutgers, 70-55.

Tipoff for the final will be at 7:07 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Wichita State-Rutgers game will follow.

"The unit at the start ran very well. It clicked better than it has all year," said UH coach Riley Wallace, who got what he wanted by going with McIntyre at one guard position -- a jump start for an offense that scored only 37 points in losing to Oklahoma State last week.

"He did a good job," Wallace said of McIntyre. "He looks to score and he's a good defender. One-on-one, he's the best defender on the floor, probably.

"Now that'll give the others time to work back in there. I'm not forgetting Geremy (Robinson) and the rest of them. But they'll have to work harder to get in there."

McIntyre chipped in with 11 points, including a 3-pointer from the right corner as the 'Bows never looked back in squaring their season record at 2-2. Wichita State, which never got closer than 12 points, is 1-2.

"That's what everyone dreams of -- starting in Division I basketball," said McIntyre, who was playing for Cal Poly (Long Beach, Calif.) High School at this time last year.

"I wanted to take advantage of the opportunity, and I thought I did. I had freshman jitters, but that 3-point shot kind of calmed me down."

He relaxed even more after hitting three consecutive free throws to climax the opening 15-point run.

"We picked up our defense," McIntyre said, "but we've got to execute better and cut down on our turnovers."

The 'Bows had a season-high 25 turnovers, but it didn't matter against the cold Shockers, who were never in it after shooting only 30 percent in the first half.

"Things didn't go right for us," said Wichita State's Maurice Evans, who led all scorers with 27 points -- 25 after intermission while saddled with four fouls. At one stretch, he scored 23 of the team's 25 points.

"They (the Rainbows) came out very excited, ready to play, and it was hard for us to recover from the early deficit," he said.

Whatever Shocker coach Randy Smith felt, he kept it between himself and his players in a 35-minute closed locker room session after the game.

But he couldn't have been too happy with the officiating as the Rainbows made 29 of 35 free throws to 3 of 5 for the Shockers. But they were beaten badly under the boards, getting outrebounded, 27-11.

"We had a lot mistakes that were mental, that we caused." Evans said. "We stopped ourselves."

Though he scored only four points, Mike Robinson's presence under the boards prevented the Shockers from getting any cheapies inside.

Casey Cartwright led the 'Bows with 14 points, and Marquette Alexander came off the bench to contribute 10.

The Shockers didn't get on the board until Carl Lemons hit a trey with 13:37 to go in the first half.

The 'Bows enjoyed their biggest lead in the first half, 29-13, sinking their first 11 free throws.

They maintained their double-digit lead throughout the first half, despite committing 12 turnovers as the Shockers experienced another cold spell, going scoreless in the final 5:45 of the half.

With the game all but over, Brian Moeller, the Rainbows' 7-foot reserve center, had the crowd of 5,874 roaring when he scored successive buckets -- on opposite ends of the court.

He grabbed a rebound after the Shockers missed a shot and put it in for two points for the shocked Wichita State team, and slammed a two-pointer for the Rainbows seconds later.

A bizarre sequence, but not a first for Wallace.

"I did it myself in high school back in Illinois," Wallace said. "I scored for the other team. That's what I told him (Moeller). That's why I wasn't so upset with him. I know how embarrassed he felt."

bullet Auburn 70, Rutgers 55: The Scarlet Knights led only once, 34-33, early in the second game. But Cliff Porter got a tip-in and nailed a short jumper as the Tigers pulled away.

Porter scored 22 points and grabbed 11 points, both season highs.

"I thought the key to the game was our inside game, which opened things for us," Auburn coach Cliff Ellis said.

"I like Hawaii's team. It should be a good game."

"They're very good, very athletic. They get after you," Wallace said of the Southeastern Conference Tigers.

Wallace is particularly worried about the matchup with Auburn's Mamadou N'Diaye, a 7-foot junior from Senegal who blocked four shots last night.

"And their Chris Porter is a big-time JUCO player." Wallace added.

Tapa

United Airlines
Tipoff Tournament

bullet Hawaii 73, Wichita State 51

At Stan Sheriff Center

Shockers (1-2 overall)

		mp	fgm	fga	ftm	fta	reb	pf	tp
Lemons		27	3	7	0	0	2	5	8
Evans		27	10	15	3	4	1	4	27
Steven		31	1	2	0	0	0	2	3
Perez		35	3	10	0	0	2	3	8
Bunch		9	0	1	0	0	0	0	0
Westgeest	6	0	0	0	0	0	1	0
Lewis		3	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
Benton		1	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
Mack		11	0	1	0	0	1	0	0
Utting		9	0	0	0	0	0	4	0
Martina		12	0	3	0	1	1	1	0
Smithson	23	1	4	0	0	2	4	3
Flowers		6	0	0	0	0	0	3	0
Team			1	1			2		2
	Totals	200	19	44	3	5	11	27	51
Rainbows (2-2 overall)

		mp	fgm	fga	ftm	fta	reb	pf	tp
Galloway	24	2	2	4	5	4	5	8
McIntyre	27	3	6	3	4	2	2	11
M. Robinson	25	1	3	2	2	8	2	4
White		30	2	6	3	5	0	1	7
Cartwright	30	5	8	2	2	3	2	14
Lee		7	0	0	0	0	0	0	0
Czernin		13	0	0	5	6	2	2	5
G. Robinson	11	1	2	3	4	0	0	5
Gillman		3	2	2	1	1	4	0	5
Alexander	26	3	6	4	4	1	2	10
Moeller		4	1	2	2	2	1	0	4
Team						2
	Totals	200	20	37	29	35	27	16	73
Halftime score--Hawaii 30, Wichita State 16.

3-point goals--Wichita State 10-20 (Evans 4-7, Lemons 2-3, Perez 2-5, Steven 1-1, Smithson 1-4). UH 4-11 (McIntyre 2-4, Cartwright 2-4, G. Robinson 0-1, White 0-2).

Assists--Wichita State 13 (Perez 4), UH 11 (White 5). Turnovers--Wichita State 24

(Lemons 6). UH 25 (Galloway 4, McIntyre 4, White 4, Alexander 4). Steals--Wichita State 8 (Steven 3, Perez 3), UH 8 (M. Robinson 3). Blocked shots--Wichita State 0, UH 2 (Galloway 2).

Technicals--None.

Officials: Vern Harris, Oscar Payen, Louis Fuentes.

bullet Auburn 70, Rutgers 55

Auburn: Porter 9-14 4-6 22, Pohlman 2-9 0-0 5, Smith 1-5 3-6 5, N'Diaye 5-10 3-6 13, Robinson 7i-13 0-0 14, Sharp 3-6 0-0 9, Heard 0-0 0-0 0, Fishback 0-2 2-2 2, Smith 0-0 0-0 0, Chilliest 0-1 0-0 0, Hamilton 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 27-60 12-20 70.

Rutgers: Johnson 1-4 3-4 6, Billet 3-8 2-3 10, Greer 1-6 1-2 3, Hodgson 5-9 5-6 15, Tenys 0-0 0-0 0, Collins 0-1 0-0 0, Jones 5-10 5-5 15, Dabney 1-2 0-1 2, Kent 2-4 0-4 4. Totals 18-44 16-25 55.

Halftime--Auburn 31, Rutgers 27.

Total fouls--Auburn 21, Rutgers 20.



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