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Saturday, January 22, 2000

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

Hawaii trails
Tulsa by seven
at the half

The Rainbows fight back
from a 15-point deficit


By Pat Bigold


The Hawaii men's basketball team rallied from a 15-point deficit to trail nationally ranked Tulsa at halftime, 41-34, before a sellout crowd of 8,355 at the Donald W. Reynolds Center.

Tulsa (3-0 WAC, 17-1) got its lead up to 39-24 after a 3-pointer by Dante Swanson.

But Hawaii (2-2 WAC, 13-4) had a 7-0 run with Geremy Robinson scoring four points. He created one basket with a steal and a streak to the hoop for a slam that cut it to 39-29. Robinson cut it to 39-31 on a 15-foot jumper.

Kevin Johnson came back for Tulsa to make it a 10-point difference again (41-31). But Nerijus Puida set up Johnny White for a 3-pointer he drained to send Hawaii into the locker room down by only seven points.

Marquette Alexander and White share high scoring honors at the half with nine points apiece. Predrag Savovic added eight points.

Tony Heard led Tusla with 11 points.

Hawaii is being outrebounded, 16-11. The Rainbows have eight turnovers to Tulsa's seven.

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