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UH defeats ranked team for first time in six years

December 25, 2011
The Maui News

HONOLULU (AP) - Joston Thomas and the University of Hawaii men's basketball team handed Xavier another post-brawl loss.

Thomas made a layup from the baseline with 0.8 seconds left in overtime to give the Rainbow Warriors an 84-82 victory over the 14th-ranked Musketeers on Friday in a Diamond Head Classic consolation game at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Xavier suffered its third straight loss since a bench-clearing brawl Dec. 10 against Cincinnati.

The Warriors, who trailed by 15 early in the second half, tied the score at 77 on Hauns Brereton's 3-pointer with 2.0 seconds left in regulation.

Thomas finished with a career-high 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting from the field and had nine rebounds. Vander Joaquim added 20 points for UH (6-5), which will face Clemson today.

The victory was the Warriors' first over a ranked team since defeating then-No. 4 Michigan State in November 2005.

A desperation heave by Xavier from about 75 feet as time expired was well short.

Tu Holloway scored 26 points for the Musketeers (8-3), who opened the game with a 12-0 run. Mark Lyons had 18 points in his return from a three-game suspension after the fight against Cincinnati.

Holloway, who returned from his one-game suspension Thursday in a first-round loss to Long Beach State, was 4-of-8 from 3-point range and 7-of-16 overall.



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