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UH tops Clemson in Diamond Head fifth-place game

December 26, 2011
The Associated Press

HONOLULU (AP) - Zane Johnson made six 3-pointers and finished with 27 points as the University of Hawaii men's basketball team beat Clemson 75-68 on Sunday in the fifth-place game of the Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Vander Joaquim added 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Rainbow Warriors (7-5), who have won five of their last six games.

Andre Young scored 14 points for Tigers (7-6), Devin Booker added 13 and Tanner Smith had 12 points and five assists.

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Hawaii’s Vander Joaquim blocks a shot by Clemson’s Catalin Baciu during the second half of the Rainbow Warriors’ 75-68 victory over the Tigers on Sunday in the Diamond Head Classic fifth-place game at the Stan Sheriff Center.
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Johnson finished 8-of-14 from the field - all but two of his shots were from 3-point range. He sank four of his 3-pointers over the first 13 minutes of the second half.

Hawaii went on a 9-0 run to start the second half for a 40-34 lead, and used a 10-3 spurt for a 59-48 advantage with 5:43 remaining.

Clemson (7-6) used full-court pressure late, and scored six points in a row to get within 69-64 with 35 seconds left.

Hauns Brereton added 10 points for UH, which made 15 of 25 shots in the second half and finished 26-for-53 in the game. Jeremiah Ostrowski had eight assists.

Hawaii's next game is on Thursday, at home against South Carolina State. After a home contest against Nevada-Las Vegas on New Year's Eve, the Rainbow Warriors will begin Western Athletic Conference play with a game against San Jose State in Honolulu.



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