Rebels pull away, defeat Rainbow Warriors 73-59

HONOLULU (AP) — Joel Ntambwe scored 17 points with 11 rebounds, Kris Clyburn also scored 17 and Noah Robotham had all 16 of his points in the second half when UNLV used a big run to overtake the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team 73-59 in the first round of the Diamond Head Classic on Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Runnin’ Rebels (6-4) play Indiana State in a semifinal today while the Rainbow Warriors (6-5) face Colorado.

Jonathan Tchamwa Tchatchoua scored five points to give UNLV the lead and begin a 23-3 run that included two 3-pointers and nine points from Clyburn and left the Rebels ahead 56-38 with 7 1/2 minutes remaining. The Warriors missed 10 consecutive shots during UNLV’s run.

Hawaii got within eight with two minutes left, but a Clyburn dunk and a Robotham 3-pointer squelched the rally.

UNLV had built a 13-point lead with 8:26 left in the first half, but the Rainbow Warriors then outscored the Rebels 18-3 before the break.

Drew Buggs led Hawaii with 16 points and seven assists. Mate Colina scored 13 points and Eddie Stansberry added 12 points and six rebounds for UH, who shot 20-for-60 (33 percent) from the field. The Rainbow Warriors also only hit 12 of 21 free throws.