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Ole Miss Upends Hawaii on Christmas Day, 81-66

December 26, 2012, 12:04 PM HST
* Updated December 26, 12:11 PM
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Hawaii dropped the fifth-place game of the  Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on Christmas Day to Ole Miss, 81-66, at the Stan Sheriff Center. Photo by UH Athletics.

By Rodney S. Yap

Ole Miss scored 10 unanswered points late in the game to pull away for a 81-66 win over Hawaii in the fifth-place game of the  Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic Christmas Day at the Stan Sheriff Center.

UH (6-5) lost despite a huge effort from senior center Vander Joaquin who finished with a career high 29 points and 15 rebounds. Joaquim, who scored 18 of his 29 points in the second half, posted his third double-double of the season. Jace Tavita finished with eight assists while Isaac Fotu (11) and Christian Standhardinger (10) each reached double figures in a losing effort.

No. 3 Arizona captured the tournament championship with a thrilling 68-67 win over No. 15 San Diego State.

Four Ole Miss players finished in double-digit scoring, led by Murphy Holloway’s 18 points. Nick Williams and Marshall Henderson each chipped in 16 points for the Rebels (10-2), who shot 60% in the second half and out-scored the Bows, 52-36.

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UH got off to a miserable start in the first ever meeting between the teams, missing 16 of its first 20 shots and falling behind, 25-9, midway through the first half. But the Rainbow Warriors surged back, going on a 21-4 run in the final 7:48 to take a 30-29 lead at the break.

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The teams went blow for blow for the better part of the second half with nine ties and 11 lead changes. After Fotu’s free throw tied it at 63 with 3:55 to play, the Rebels scored the next 10 points spurred by a pair of UH turnovers and two easy buckets by Williams.

For the third straight time in the tournament, UH won battle of the boards with a 41-32 advantage but shot only 2-of-16 from 3-point range.

No. 3 Arizona captured the tournament championship with a thrilling 68-67 win over No. 15 San Diego State.

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UH now moves on to league play and will make its Big West debut with a home game versus Cal State Northridge on Saturday, Dec. 29. Tipoff is at 7:30 p.m. and will follow the women’s basketball game versus Cincinnati.

 

Dec. 25 Results

7th Place: San Francisco 67, East Tennessee State 47

5th Place: Ole Miss 81, Hawai’i 66

3rd Place: Indiana State 57, Miami 55 (OT)

Championship: Arizona 68, San Diego State 67

 

All-Tournament Team

Murphy Holloway, Ole Miss

Jake Odum, Indiana State

Chase Tapley, San Diego State

Mark Lyons, Arizona

MVP: Solomon Hill, Arizona

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