Defense Shuts Down Hawaii, 77-53
 
UNLV guard Derrick Jasper (5) scores two points on this layup as Hawaii guard Hiram Thompson (2) trails on the play in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday Dec. 23, 2009 at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
UNLV guard Derrick Jasper (5) scores two points on this layup as Hawaii guard Hiram Thompson (2) trails on the play in the first half of an NCAA college basketball game Wednesday Dec. 23, 2009 at the Diamond Head Classic in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)
 
 
 

Dec. 24, 2009

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HONOLULU (AP) - UNLV stymied Hawaii's offense in the first half and continued its pressure as it cruised to a 77-53 win in the semifinal of the Diamond Head Classic Wednesday night.

The Runnin' Rebels (12-1) advanced to the tournament's championship game on Friday against USC, which bested Saint Mary's 60-49 in the other semifinal game.

The Hawaii offense struggled against UNLV's suffocating man-to-man defense and aggressive full-court press, especially in the first half. The Rainbow Warriors (6-5) did not score for the first six minutes, needed 13 minutes to score double figures and managed more turnovers (11) than made field goals (5) en route to a deficit that ballooned to 25 points just before halftime.

Hawaii scored a season-low 53 points.

Hawaii's Dwain Williams came off the bench to lead all scorers with 20 points. UNLV's Derrick Jasper led his team with 14 points.


 

 

 
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