Nov. 14, 2010
Honolulu, Hawai'i - Guard Hiram Thompson scored 9 of his 18 points in a 14-0 run to finish the game as Hawai'i pulled away for an 84-70 win Saturday night over Cal State Fullerton in the Outrigger Hotel Rainbow Classic.
Bill Amis led the Warriors (2-0) with 24 points and Bo Barnes came off the bench for 19. Orane Chin scored a career-high 27 to lead the Titans (0-2), who got 10 points from Isiah Umipig and a team-high 8 rebounds and 9 points from Orlando Brown.
Sedric Martin made two free throws for Fullerton to tie the game at 70-70 with 3:39 to play. Thompson made two free throws and Zane Johnson hit a trey for Hawai'i to make it 75-70 before Thompson added a trey and four free throws.
"We just ran out of gas," said Fullerton Head Coach Bob Burton. "We were really excited to be tied up with 3 minutes to play. It's where we wanted to be. But they made shots and we didn't.
"We stayed in a zone way too long but we had no choice with only three post players and all of them in foul trouble. We had to worry so much about Barnes and Johnson that it left Thompson open at the top.
"I'm proud of our effort. We kept battling.
"The schedule has not been real favorable. We flew Thursday and had only two hours before our practice and then played the late game last night and had to come back tonight."
Fullerton led only in the early going and Hawai'i spurted late in the first half for a 41-35 lead at intermission. Hawai'i stretched it to 7 points a couple of times in the second half but Fullerton kept coming back,
Hawai'i shot 51 percent from the floor and 42 percent at the 3-point line, making 10 of 24. Fullerton shot only 41 percent overall and made only 9 of 32 treys for 28 percent. Devon Peltier was 1-for-11 overall and 0-for-7 from the arc and had only 2 points. Fullerton improved vastly from the foul line from the previous night, making 11 of 13. But Hawai'i was 18 of 23.
Fullerton plays next on Monday night at 5 p.m.Hawai'i time vs. Montana State.