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Vandals hand Rainbow Warriors fourth consecutive loss, 82-63

UH Sports

March 2, 2012
The Associated Press and staff reports

Deremy Geiger scored 20 points and Stephen Madison added 17 to lead Idaho to an 82-63 win over the University of Hawaii men's basketball team on Thursday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Vandals (17-12, 8-5 Western Athletic Conference) used a 24-9 run in the first half to take a commanding 42-24 lead.

Zane Johnson scored 18 points and Joston Thomas 16 to lead the Rainbow Warriors (15-14, 6-7), who dropped their fourth straight.

Idaho shot 51 percent from the field and made 10 of its 21 3-point attempts, while Hawaii was just 35 percent on field goals. The Vandals outrebounded the Rainbow Warriors 46-27 and made 20 of 25 free throws to help overcome 17 turnovers.

Hawaii's Vander Joaquim, who led the team with an average of 14.8 points per game entering the contest, was held to a season-low four points.

The Vandals led 45-27 at the break.

The Rainbow Warriors host Utah State on Saturday in their final WAC regular-season game - UH moves to the Big West next season. The WAC tournament starts next Thursday in Las Vegas.

* WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: At Logan, Utah, Ashlee Brown had 21 points, 10 assists and seven rebounds, and Devyn Christensen scored 23 as Utah State defeated Hawaii 85-64.

The Aggies improved to 19-8, 10-3 in WAC play.

Breanna Arbuckle scored 18 points - but also had six of Hawaii's 20 turnovers - and Kamilah Jackson posted her 15th double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds for the Rainbow Wahine (11-17, 6-7).

Molokai's Kalei Adolpho finished with two points, three rebounds, a block and a turnover in 14 minutes for UH, which shot just 29.2 percent (7-of-24) from the field in the first half and trailed 40-23 at the break.

The Rainbow Wahine close the WAC regular season Saturday at Idaho. The WAC women's tournament starts Wednesday in Las Vegas.

* BASEBALL: At Les Murakami Stadium, Zack Swasey and Piikea Kitamura each drove in two runs to help Hawaii down Wichita State

6-3 Thursday in the opener of the teams' four-game series.

The Rainbows (7-3) piled up 13 hits, including triples by Swasey and Kitamura, in winning their sixth straight game.

UH jumped out to a 6-0 lead with two runs in the fourth, fifth and seventh innings before the Shockers (5-4) rallied for three runs in the eighth against Matt Sisto (3-0). But Brent Harrison came in to finish off the win, holding Wichita State to just one hit over 1-1/3 innings.

Sisto allowed nine hits and no walks while striking out three over 7-2/3 innings.

Shockers starter Josh Smith (1-1) gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits and three walks over 4 2/3 innings. He struck out six but also had two wild pitches and hit a batter.

The teams play again today.



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