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Hawaii tops Clemson, finishes 2-1 in Diamond Head Classic

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:19 p.m. HST, Dec 25, 2011

Zane Johnson scored a season-high 27 points to lead Hawaii past Clemson 75-68 in the fifth-place game of the Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center today.

The Rainbow Warriors (7-5) also beat No. 14 Xavier on Friday after losing to Auburn in the first round Thursday.

UH has won five of its last six games.

The Tigers (7-6) led 34-31 at halftime. But UH scored the first nine points of the second half. The rally was capped by one of Johnson's six 3-pointers. He hit another after Clemson had closed it to 40-39, and UH's lead was never smaller than four points the rest of the way.

Vander Joaquim added 14 points and 10 rebounds for Hawaii, and Hauns Brereton pitched in 10 points.

Andre Young led Clemson with 14 points. Devin Booker contributed 13. Tanner Smith scored 10.

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islandsun wrote:
Now thats what I call progress, finally! keep it going....
on December 25,2011 | 02:29PM
Imua45 wrote:
Sweet win & great tournament for the Bows.
on December 25,2011 | 02:30PM
ethan wrote:
YESSAH! Go Bows!
on December 25,2011 | 04:32PM
Anonymous wrote:
A couple of quality wins and one tough loss against a tough opponent. AWESOME JOB TEAM !!!!!
on December 25,2011 | 05:32PM
mar_vil wrote:
now UH have to be consistant during conference play. the way they have played aurburn, xavier and clemson, UH could go undefeated in conference games if they play the way they did in this tourneyment...that being said, a 20 win season is a failure in my opinion.
on December 25,2011 | 05:42PM
fishwrider wrote:
So a 10 win season would be a success?
on December 25,2011 | 09:28PM
Bdpapa wrote:
Proud of you, guys! keep it going.
on December 25,2011 | 05:49PM
niimi wrote:
Conference play is much tougher than people dismiss it to be because they do much more scouting on Hawaii than do these other teams.. However, Hawaii has opportunities if they can be consistent. A lot depends upon Joston Thomas if he can step it up at the 4. And Hawaii seems short 1 shooter this year.
on December 25,2011 | 09:25PM
krump1_aka_protector wrote:
Great, gutty effort by the team. And if they ever return to form on free throw shooting (seemingly terrible during this tournament), they'd be an even more dangerous team. Hope they all continue to work hard. It was nice that even though Shaq didn't play many minutes (because Miah was triggering the offense better), it was nice to see him make some clutch free throws down the stretch; that should add to his confidence. For those that didn't get a chance to go, the overall tournament was really good. I saw every game including all the consolation match-ups; really entertaining. Great job by the tournament; can't wait to see who they've got lined up for next year.
on December 25,2011 | 09:28PM
TaiBow wrote:
Good Tournament but there's work to be done before the beginning of the final WAC season: 1. Free Throwing - not solid nor consistent 2. Rebounding was OK, but there needs to be more "put-backs" under the offensive boards. 3. Perimeter ball movement was good, but not too much collapsing inside offense; heavy reliance on outside shooting 4. Major work needs to be done on the in-bounds passing from the defensive baseline. Clemson was two more inbound turn-overs from making it an undeservedly close game.
on December 25,2011 | 10:39PM
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