Thursday, March 8, 2012
No. 6 Hawaii 72, No. 3 Idaho 70
Hawaii ended a five-game losing streak on Thursday, starting the WAC Tournament with an upset of Idaho without Zane Johnson (illness)
Idaho started 4-21 from the field and shot 10-29 (34 percent) in the first half, trailing 35-28. Hawaii pushed the lead to 11 early in the second half but Idaho opened the second half 5-7, pulling two within two on a Deremy Geiger 3 (Idaho was 6-16 from 3-point range, 5-8 in the second half). Stephen Madison hit another triple to put Idaho up 42-41 with just under 15 minutes to play. Idaho led by five with 7:59 to play.
Hawaii was whistled for two technicals in the second half, one on head coach Gib Arnold and one on Joston Thomas, where he fouled out with nine points. Playing without Zane Johnson, Hawaii freshman guard Shaquille Stokes stepped in with 17 points, pulling Hawaii level at 64-64 with 258 to play. Hauns Brereton scored three straight points to put Hawaii up 3 with 1:43 to play, but Geiger tied it at 68 with 50 seconds left. Brereton turned out to be the hero, scooping up a Stokes pass for a 13-foot baseline jumper with 3.2 seconds left that proved to be the game' winner. Brereton finished with 17 points on 6-8 shooting.