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Friday, December 22, 2000

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

By George F. Lee, Star-Bulletin
Georgia State's Bam Campbell, center, grabs a rebound
in front of Predrag Savovic, left, and Ricky Terrell, right.
Campbell brought down seven offensive rebounds, including
one for the game-winning put-back with 4 seconds left.
The Panthers outrebounded the Rainbows, 34-33.

Panthers muscle
past ’Bows

Hawaii loses, 65-64, after
blowing 11-point lead and
missing last-second shot

By Dave Reardon

Hawaii basketball coach Riley Wallace knows his team has to do all the little things right to win.

Last night's 65-64 loss to Georgia State is a perfect example of what fundamentally unsound play will bring the Rainbows this season.

A Stan Sheriff Center gathering of 3,157 saw Hawaii blow a game it led by 11 points with 9:19 left.

Afterward, it had less than 24 hours to regroup before tipping off with Cal-State Northridge tonight at 7 in the second day of the Nike Festival.

Alabama-Birmingham topped Northridge, 71-67, in yesterday's first game.

But Northridge (6-4) has beaten UCLA, a team that trampled Hawaii by 20.

So the Rainbows (2-4) definitely need to remember how to make layups, take care of the ball, shoot free throws and, most of all, block out.

They forgot to do those things against the hungry Panthers (8-1), who won, fittingly, on a putback by Bam Campbell with 4 seconds left. As he did twice before in the second half, Campbell swooped in unmolested to score after a teammate's miss.

Then the horn sounded as Predrag Savovic's 30-footer fell short of the rim.

"It's fundamentals," Wallace said. "It just tells me they were tired. In the second half we let (Georgia State) outwork us."

The Panthers got 17 offensive rebounds, 10 of those coming in the second half. Campbell led Georgia State with 19 points and 12 rebounds, seven of them offensive.

The Panthers won with their top scorer, Shernard Long, netting four points, and their legend of a coach, Lefty Driesell, on the mainland having a neck ailment treated.

Assistant coach Mike Perry took over, acting as a head coach for the first time ever. After last night's victory, he's only 739 behind Driesell, the winningest active coach in Division I.

"I don't know if you're up, but this one's for you coach," Perry said on a postgame radio show.

The Panthers won their first seven before falling to Creighton late in their last game.

"We've been really working on late-game situations since that loss," Perry said.

"If we were going to be in that predicament again, we were going to be ready with some answers."

Campbell provided them, with nine points and six rebounds in the last 9:19 as the Rainbows frittered away their big margin.

Still, UH led 64-63 when Ricky Terrell hit a 12-footer and was fouled with 35 seconds left. He missed his free throw and Campbell (who else) came up with the rebound to set up the final sequence.

"He had good positioning and was alert enough to get there," UH's Troy Ostler said of Campbell's play.

"We lost our focus and became overconfident (late in the game)."

Ostler led the Rainbows with 22 points and nine rebounds. Phil Martin added 16 points, as the two were dominant in the low post, making 15-of-17 shots between them.

But Martin made only 4-of-9 free throws, and as a team, Hawaii shot 18-of-29 from the line and missed four first half layups.

UAB 71, CS Northridge 67

UAB (5-3): Bass 9-13 3-5 22, Walker 5-8 2-3 12, Johnson 0-3 2-2 2, Arnold 2-12 0-0 5, Batchelor 6-15 2-2 18, Armstrong 0-0 0-0 0, Frericks 0-0 2-2 2, Nikolic 3-4 3-4 10, Campbell 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 25-56 14-18 71.

CSN (6-4): Carr 0-6 2-2 2, McCain 3-6 0-0 8, Holmes 1-8 3-4 6, Heinle 6-14 3-7 16, Parris 5-8 5-7 15, Ogden 0-1 0-0 0, Benjamin 0-1 0-0 0, Burrell 6-10 5-7 20, Busch 0-2 0-0 0, Read 0-0 0-0 0. Totals21-56, 18-27 67.

Halftime--UAB 33, CSN 33. 3-point goals--UAB 7-23 (Batchelor 4-13, Bass 1-1, Nikolic 1-2, Arnold 1-7), CSN 7-21 (Burrell 3-5, McCain 2-4, Heinle 1-2, Holmes 1-4, Parris 0-1, Ogden 0-1, Carr 0-4). Rebounds--UAB 40 (Walker 11), CSN 31 (McCain 7). Assists--UAB 12 (Bass 6), CSN 14 (Carr 5). Fouled out--Frericks. Total fouls--UAB 23, CSN 19.

Georgia State 65, Hawaii 64

Panthers (8-1)

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Rainbows (2-4)

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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-Georgia State 29, Hawaii 29.
3-point goals--GS 5-16 (Cooper 2-3, Patton 1-1, T. Terrell 1-4, Morris 1-5, McIntosh 0-1, Long 0-2); UH 0-4 (Savovic 0-1, Puida 0-1, McIntyre 0-2). Personal fouls--GS 26, UH 22. Fouled out--Long. Technical fouls-None. Steals--GS 8 (Cooper 3, Campbell 2, T. Terrell, Long, Davis), UH 4 (Puida 2, Hilton, Ostler). Blocked shots--GS 1 (Gilchrist), UH 2 (Ostler 2). Turnovers--GS 16 (Cooper 4, Morris 4, Campbell 4, Long, Davis, McIntosh, Gilchrist), UH 22 (Puida 6, Savovic 3, Hilton 3, Martin 2, Ostler 2, McIntyre 2, R. Terrell). Officials--Maracich, Jackson, Hu. A-5,781 (tickets distributed), 3,157 (turnstile).

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