Maui Sports

Bows Pull Out a Thriller

January 6, 2009, 7:43 AM HST
* Updated January 6, 8:55 PM
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After a near-perfect start, Hawaii raced out to a 24-11 lead by making 11 of its first dozen shots. But UH then couldn’t buy a bucket during a six-minute scoring drought down the stretch, blowing that early 13-point edge and trailing by four with just 33.3 seconds remaining.

Somehow, the Bows pulled out a thrilling and unlikely 65-64 conference victory over Louisiana Tech last night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Kareem Nitoto launched and made a 24-foot shot for his first three-pointer of the season, pulling Hawaii to within one with 24.6 seconds left. After LaTech missed the front end of a one-and-one, Bill Amis grabbed the rebound and gave the ball to Nitoto. The point guard drove the lane and dished the ball out to the right corner, where Amis calmly swished a 15-footer for the lead with 8.1 seconds remaining.

Hawaii still had to survived a couple of near-misses in the waning seconds to improve its records to 9-5 overall and 1-1 in the WAC.

On a night that Petra Balocka was limited to a pair of minutes because of groin injury and Lasha Parghalava did not suit up because of a back injury, others stepped up for UH. Amis finished with 17 points, five rebounds and five assists. Paul Campbell – a 6-10 center — had his best game at UH, finishing with 13 points, 12 rebounds and five blocks. And Rod Flemings, the team’s leading scorer, had 13 as did Adher Mayen.

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UH next plays on Thursday at Idaho, which is coming off a 70-61 loss to conference favorite Utah State. Also last night, New Mexico State edged host San Jose State 75-73.

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