(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team hung with one of the top teams in country, until eventually succumbing to No. 6 Miami, 75-57, Friday in opening round of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.
UH (7-3) was locked into a 33-33 tie with Miami (10-0) after the first half, energizing a raucous home crowd. But the Hurricanes shot 70 percent in the second half and limited UH to just 24 points to snap the Rainbow Warriors three-game win streak and relegate UH to the consolation bracket of the tournament for the second straight year.
UH will face Davidson on Saturday night at 7:30 p.m., in the first-ever meeting between the squads, while the undefeated Hurricanes will face New Mexico State in a semifinal matchup
Sheriff Drammeh led UH in scoring for the second straight game with 17 points, while Jack Purchase had nine points and a career-high 12 rebounds. Leland Green added 10 points.
Dewan Huell and Ja'Quan Newton each scored 16 points to lead a balanced Hurricane attack.
Drammeh's three-pointer at the halftime buzzer tied the score at 33. UH shot 46 percent in the first half against one of the best defensive teams in the country. But in a tale of two halves for the Warriors, UH was out-scored 42-24 in the second half and shot 39 percent. The Hurricanes used a 17-3 run, including nine unanswered, during a nearly five-minute run to turn a four-point lead to 18 points.
Dec. 22 Results
Middle Tennessee 69, Princeton 67
USC 84, Akron 53
New Mexico State 69, Davidson 68
No. 6 Miami 75 Hawai'i 57
Dec. 23 Schedule
Middle Tennessee vs. USC, 11:30 a.m.
Princeton vs. Akron, 1:30 p.m.
New Mexico State vs. No. 6 Miami, 5:00 p.m.
Davidson vs. Hawai'i, 7:30 p.m.