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Monday, November 27, 2000

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

By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
San Diego's Sam Adamo tries to stop Hawaii's Predrag
Savovic on a drive to the basket in the first half.

‘foul’ up in
title game

Toreros make 24 of 36
free throws to claim
Tip-Off championship

By Dave Reardon

Home cookin' doesn't always go down very well.

Just ask Univeristy of Hawaii men's basketball coach Riley Wallace, who had a hard time digesting the fact that San Diego went to the foul line 36 times compared with 13 for Hawaii last night -- in the Rainbows' home, the Stan Sheriff Center.

"There was no balance in the officiating," he said. "They missed some calls."

Wallace readily admitted that the men in stripes weren't the only reason San Diego beat Hawaii, 65-63, in the championship game of the United Airlines Tip-Off Tournament.

"They're a good team. They forced the action," Wallace said. "They attacked. Dribble penetrated, looked for the seams."

Sure, some calls went the other way down the stretch. But the Rainbows did their share to squander a six-point lead in the final five minutes yesterday in falling to 1-2. San Diego improved to 2-1.

The most pivotal play may have been Dana White's steal of Mike McIntyre's dribble that turned into a fastbreak layup by Tom Lippold, making it 60-57, San Diego, with 1:05 left.

It was point guard McIntyre's only turnover.

By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Hawaii's Mindaugas Burneika attempts a fade-away
jumper in front of San Diego's Cameron Rigby.

"I was dribbling too high and looking at the offense and not enough at the defense," McIntyre said.

Lippold led San Diego with 17 points, including three free throws in the last minute to go with the big bucket.

"This was a statement game for us," San Diego coach Brad Holland said. "It's very satisfying to beat a quality team on the road."

Both of Hawaii's losses have connections to UCLA, where UHwill travel to play its next game Dec. 9; Louisville coach Denny Crum assisted under John Wooden, and Holland starred for the Bruins.

It wasn't just bad omens and bad calls that plagued UH last night -- plain old bad shooting hurt Hawaii, too.

Troy Ostler paced the Rainbows with 17 points, despite making only 6-of-21 shots from the floor.

UH shot a miserable 10-of-33 from the floor in the first half, including 1-of-8 on 3-pointers.

Still, Hawaii, which trailed by as many as 15 in the first half, came back to lead 53-47 with 5:37 left after Nerijus Puida's transition basket off a steal and pass by Predrag Savovic.

But the Toreros crept back, and led 62-57 after two free throws by Lippold with 35 seconds left.

Mindaugas Burneika got UH back into it with 3-point baskets with 22 and 7 seconds left.

After Burneika's second trey, it was 64-63, San Diego.

Lippold made one free throw, and missed a second, which was rebounded by Burneika.

Hawaii's David Hilton then dribbled to the 3-point line as time ran down and passed to Puida, whose 30-foot shot -- which he did not release before the buzzer, anyway -- missed.

"Obviously this was very disappointing," Puida said. "We got back in the game but didn't play good defense in the last five minutes. Their back-door cuts in the last couple minutes were big."

Cameron Rigby scored 14 for San Diego, including three first-half 3-pointers that staked the Toreros to a 31-24 lead at intermission.

Holland rotated 10 players who all got between 14 and 30 minutes. Wallace, again strapped by the eligibility questions surrounding center Haim Shimonovic, gave significant time to only six players.

"We try to use depth as a strength," Holland said. "Sometimes we can wear people down by changing our lineup."

Wallace said he hoped to have an answer from the NCAA on Shimonovic's status by the UCLA game.

Elon defeatedt Southeastern Louisiana, 59-51, in the third-place game.

San Diego 65, Hawaii 63

Toreros (2-1)


Rainbows (1-2)


Key--fg: field goals; fga: field goals attempted; ft: free throws; fta: free throws attempted; min: minutes; reb: rebounds; a: assists; tp: total points.

Halftime-San Diego 31, Hawaii 24.

3-point goals--SD 3-13 (Rigby 3-5, White 0-1, Morris 0-1, Delzell 0-1, Adamo 0-2, Laws 0-3); UH 4-16 (Burneika 2-3, Savovic 1-5, McIntyre 1-5, Hilton 0-1, Puida 0-2). Personal fouls--SD 16, UH 26. Fouled out--Radovic. Technical fouls-None. Steals--SD 6 (White 2, Delzell 2, Lippold, Adamo), UH 4 (Radovic 2, Savovic, Ostler). Blocked shots--SD 1 (Delzell), UH 4 (Savovic, Radovic, Puida, Ostler). Turnovers--SD 16 (Rigby 4, White 2, Morris 2, Laws 2, Field 2, Greene 2, Hanson 2), UH 13 (Savovic 6, Ostler 2, McIntyre, Radovic, Terrell, Burneika, Puida). Officials--Sitov, Thibodeaux, Hu. A-5,744 (tickets distributed).

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