Important win

It seemed like the classic “Hawaii jumps out to big lead on the road, only to cough up the lead when it mattered” game.

This UH team had other ideas, coming up with a huge 74-68 win at Fresno State in overtime even after the Bulldogs came from behind to grab the lead with under 15 seconds left in regulation.

Vander Joaquim made good on a considerable height advantage, and more importantly made the offensive plays in the second half and OT to keep UH in it (23 points, 16 rebounds, three blocks). Also, Garrett Jefferson should be commended for his pesky defense in hounding the Bulldogs’ top player Kevin Olekaibe into a 5-for-17 shooting night.

Then there was Miah Ostrowski, dishing a career-high 11 assists, and Zane Johnson hitting six 3s. He looked past whatever trouble his separated rib was giving him. All in all, it was a hugely positive night, even with Joston Thomas, Shaquille Stokes and Hauns Brereton being mostly nonfactors.

Can UH pull off the improbable and succeed at Nevada on Saturday for a 3-0 WAC start? History says no — the ‘Bows have never won there, and the 3-0 Wolf Pack is as talented as ever — but there would be beauty in pulling it off in UH’s last chance before it and UNR go their separate ways next season.


  1. Sickman Fraud January 13, 2012 5:11 am

    Should mention what Wiseman did in 18 minutes of play.

  2. Derek January 13, 2012 6:33 pm

    No doubt about it. A win on the road is huge. All positive vibes. Is Gerry Blakes here for the second semester? Is he joining at all?

  3. jjay January 13, 2012 8:51 pm

    Only if his grades are in order, Gib and co. are probably keeping tabs on that one

  4. krump1_AKA_protector January 14, 2012 12:15 am

    It would be very sweet for UH to pull the upset on the road. And after playing solid-caliber teams in the Diamond Head Classic and UNLV, this incarnation of UH B-ball isn’t going to be intimidated by Nevada at all. The uphill battle is in Nevada returning all of its starters; they should not have many weaknesses. If everybody plays well on UH though, they could cause a lot of problems for the Wolfpack. That’s what I’m hoping for, at least.

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