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UH basketball team falls to LaTech, goes 0-3 on road trip

By Star-Advertiser staff

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LAST UPDATED: 02:00 p.m. HST, Feb 25, 2012



A marathon road trip for the Hawaii men's basketball team came to a disappointing end with an 84-67 loss at Louisiana Tech today.

UH (15-13, 6-6 Western Athletic Conference) completed the 10-day, 10,000-plus-mile trip 0-3 after committing 22 turnovers and having a comeback effort cut short at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, La.

The Rainbow Warriors dropped into a fourth-place tie with Utah State heading into next week's final homestand against Idaho and USU. Sixth-place LaTech swept the season series from UH, won its fourth straight game and improved to 15-14 overall, 5-7 in the WAC.

Junior center Vander Joaquim had 20 points and 10 rebounds to lead UH. Senior point guard Miah Ostrowski had 10 assists to go with six points and seven rebounds. Senior shooting guard Zane Johnson scored 11, snapping a streak of five games of single-digit points.

But guard Trevor Gaskins celebrated LaTech's senior day with 22 points, eight assists and seven rebounds and the Bulldogs went 11-for-24 (45.8 percent) on 3-pointers.

A UH offensive drought to start the second half allowed LaTech to open up a 20-point lead. UH cut it to 61-50 with a 3-pointer and two free throws by Shaquille Stokes at the midpoint of the period.

Ostrowski converted a layup to make it 65-55 with 7 minutes left. The point guard followed with two free throws to get UH within eight.

But LaTech nailed a 3 and Joaquim committed a simultaneous foul, giving the Bulldogs two free throws and a five-point possession for a 13-point lead.

UH would not get back within single digits.

LaTech hit UH with plenty of pressure early, but UH jumped out to a 9-1 lead. 

The Bulldogs surged back within a point, then took their first lead at 29-28 with a hail of 3-pointers.

LaTech used a 16-4 run to go up by as much as eight in the period, but Bobby Miles went coast-to-coast for a layup to beat the first-half buzzer and UH trailed 42-36 at halftime.







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joshislost wrote:
Wow never thought id say this but Hawaii basketball has really fell off especially this year. Its sad that almost all the players are never consistent. Coach Gib think you need to implicate a different defense. Sigh how depressing
on February 25,2012 | 01:22PM
usahwn wrote:
It is hard to be consistent when you keep rotating a starting five so much. All the players do well but try to do so much when given their pt that leads to inconsistency. Shoot shoot shoot !
on February 25,2012 | 07:20PM
entrkn wrote:
... and this is the last road trip to hell for the foreseeable future.
on February 25,2012 | 02:53PM
fishwrider wrote:
What's wrong with Zane Johnson? Is he playing through an injury or just lost his confidence?
on February 25,2012 | 03:21PM
nomakeshame wrote:
The question begs to be asked and answered..why is it that the womens athletic teams seem to do better on the road than their male counterparts.
on February 25,2012 | 04:13PM
jrboi96786 wrote:
HAWAII SUCKS!!!
on February 25,2012 | 06:50PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Wow, UH Men's basketball needs some home cooking and Support. It appears the players are in a "funk" and need some encouragement of sorts. Granted the WAC is not at the top level, but surely that doesn't mean they cannot strive to be the best in their conference. Go Rainbow Warriors, We Have Faith in you.
on February 25,2012 | 08:38PM
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