Hawaii Beat


POSTED: Saturday, November 21, 2009

Georgia Tech rewards Johnson

ATLANTA » Georgia Tech coach Paul Johnson has agreed to a one-year extension of his contract, which now runs through 2016.

Johnson, a former Hawaii assistant coach, initially signed a seven-year contract worth about $11 million when he came from Navy before the 2008 season. The school gave him a new seven-year, $17.7 million deal after he led the Yellow Jackets to a surprising nine-win season in his debut.

His second year has been even better. No. 7 Georgia Tech (10-1) has already clinched a spot in the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, and yesterday's extension keeps Johnson's contract at the original length.



Sea Warriors get first win

Jeff Ingram hit a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give the Hawaii Pacific men's basketball team its first win of the season, 77-76 over Sonoma State at Rohnert Park, Calif., last night.

It was the only basket of the game for Ingram, who played 10 minutes. Mike Helton led the Sea Warriors with 20 points and 10 rebounds, while Ray Murdock contributed 12 points.

Hawaii Pacific improved to 1-1 in coach Tony Sellito's last season, while Sonoma State dropped to 0-1.

» Justin Smith scored 19 points, but the UH-Hilo men's basketball team was blown out by Saint Martin's 84-69 last night in Monmouth, Ore.

Galen Squires led the Saints with 22 points.

The Vulcans were whistled for 27 fouls in the season opener for both teams. UH-Hilo plays Western Oregon tonight.