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Saturday, January 15, 2000

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

Little rest for UH’s
Johnny White


By Pat Bigold


There were some questions after Wednesday's loss to Southern Methodist about why starting senior point guard Johnny White wasn't benched for lack of production and his five turnovers.

But Hawaii head coach Riley Wallace said the fact is that White is the Rainbows' only pure point guard, and sophomore backup Mike McIntyre doesn't handle the ball well against the kind of pressure defense the Mustangs were using.

That's why White, who is averaging 29.4 minutes a game, played all 40 minutes for the first time this season.

He went the distance eight times last season.

Texas Christian, Hawaii's opponent tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center, is also expected to use pressure. Asked if that means White will have to go another 40 minutes, Wallace said, "I hope not, but if he has to, he will."

White averaged 37 minutes last year.

White is scoring 7.8 points per game and averaging 3.3 assists.

WAC standings

	Conference			Overall	
		W	L	Pct.	W	L	Pct.
SMU		2	0	1.000	14	2	.875
Tulsa		1	0	1.000	15	1	.938
UTEP		1	0	1.000	10	4	.714
TCU		1	1	.500	10	8	.556
Fresno St.	0	0	--	10	6	.625
SJSU		0	1	.000	9	7	.563
Rice		0	1	.000	4	8	.333
Hawaii		0	2	.000	11	4	.733
Today's games

TCU at Hawaii
SMU at San Jose State
UTEP at Fresno State

Tomorrow's games

Tulsa at Rice



vs. Texas Christian

Bullet Coaches: Hawaii, Riley Wallace, 13th year (208-203 career). TCU, Billy Tubbs, 6th year (550-264 career).

Bullet Season record: Hawaii (0-2 WAC, 11-4), TCU (1-1 WAC, 10-8)

Bullet Top players: Hawaii, 6-8 Sr. C. Marquette Alexander (14.1 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 2.0 apg), 6-6 So. G Predrag Savovic (11.5 ppg, 39 percent 3-point shooter, 78 percent free throw shooter), 6-1 Sr. G Johnny White (7.8 ppg, 3.3 apg), 6-9 Jr. F Troy Ostler (12.1 ppg, 7.1 rpg, 1.6 bpg), 6-5 Jr. F Nerijus Puida (6.6 ppg, 5.0 apg, 57 percent from the floor, 76 percent from the line). TCU, 6-9 Sr. F Marquise Gainous (17.7 ppg, 7.5 rpg, 47 percent from the floor), 6-6 Jr. F Myron Anthony (17.8 ppg, 10.1 rpg, 1.6 apg, 59 percent from the floor), 6-4 Jr. G Ryan Carroll (16.3 ppg, 5.1 rpg), 6-2 Jr. G Estell Laster (13.3 ppg, 4.6 rpg, 3.7 apg), 6-10 Jr. C. Derrick Davenport (12.8 ppg, 6.4 rpg, 3.05 bpg).

Bullet Interesting facts: Alexander's 24 points against Southern Methodist were a season high while 6-7 junior forward Bernard McIntosh's 16 off the bench in that game marked his Div. I career high...Alexander has scored in double digits for 10 straight games and in all but two of Hawaii's 15 games...TCU leads the nation in scoring average (90.3 points per game), but is last in the WAC in scoring defense (84.4 points per game allowed). The Rainbows are 4th in the WAC in that category (65.1 points allowed per game)...Hawaii's scoring average is 73.4 points.

Bullet Coach's quote -- Wallace, on how opponents approach Hawaii's offense: "People who scout us say our offensive execution is good and they can't beat us if they try to play us straight-up, man-to-man. So, some will test us with zone and some will trap."

Bullet Ticket prices: $14 lower, $10 upper, $7 student, $10 wheelchair adult, $7 wheelchair student.

Bullet Tipoff: Today, 7:05 p.m., Stan Sheriff Center.

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By Pat Bigold, Star-Bulletin
Ka Leo O Hawaii

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