RENO, Nev. - The University of Hawaii men's basketball team squandered a late lead and suffered its first Western Athletic Conference loss of the season on Saturday, falling 77-74 to Nevada.
The Rainbow Warriors (10-7, 2-1 WAC) were in front 70-63 after Vander Joaquim hit a pair of free throws with 4 minutes, 49 seconds remaining, but the Wolf Pack (14-3, 4-0) responded with 10 straight points - the last five by Deonte Burton on two foul shots and a 3-pointer.
Joaquim finished with 22 points, shooting 8-for-12 from the field, and had seven rebounds. Joston Thomas scored 21 points for UH, which had won five of its previous six games.
Burton had 25 points, and Olek Czyz had 24 points and 11 rebounds.
The Rainbow Warriors' next game is on Thursday, against Louisiana Tech at the Stan Sheriff Center.