Hawaii 78

(8-1, 0-1 WAC)

Fresno State 79

(7-3, 1-0 WAC)

    10:00 PM ET, December 29, 2004

    Save Mart Center, Fresno, California

    1 2 T
    HAW 41 3778
    FRES 32 4779

    Top Performers

    Hawaii: J. Blackett 18 Pts, 9 Reb, 8 Ast, 1 Blk

    Fresno St: D. Morris 20 Pts, 2 Reb, 1 Ast

    Fresno State 79, Hawaii 78

    FRESNO, Calif. (AP) -- Ja'Vance Coleman and Donovan Morris scored 20 points apiece and Chris Berry hit two late free throws Wednesday night, lifting Fresno State to a 79-78 victory over previously unbeaten Hawaii.

    After Berry made both free throws with 27.1 seconds left, Hawaii's Jeff Blackett missed an off-balance three-pointer at the buzzer in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams.

    Julian Sensley scored a game-high 23 points for Hawaii (8-1, 0-1), while Blackett added 18 points and nine rebounds.

    Mustafa Al-Sayyad had 15 points for Fresno State (7-3, 1-0), which made 13 of 14 free throws down the stretch and did not commit a second-half turnover.

    Fresno State tied it at 61 with 8:25 left when Donovan Morris drove the lane and threw in an awkward layup while hanging in mid air. The Bulldogs had trailed almost the entire game.

    The Rainbow Warriors regained the lead on the ensuing possession when Blackett hit both free throws after drawing a blocking foul on Al-Sayyad.

    The final 8:25 featured six ties and eight lead changes. After Matthew Gipson's 3-pointer gave Hawaii a 77-74 lead with 1:36 left, Morris answered with a 3-pointer from the top of the key.

    One of nine freshmen on Fresno State's roster, Morris finished 7-of-7 from the field and made all five of his 3-pointers.

    Deonte Tatum made one free throw with 49.5 seconds left, putting the Warriors ahead for the final time.

    Hawaii led 41-32 at halftime by controlling the tempo and consistently getting good looks from its halfcourt offense.

    Those looks disappeared in the second half. Fresno State committed 12 fouls and made 19 of 31 free throws compared to Hawaii's 21 fouls and 11-of-16 foul shooting.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 78 79
    FG Made-Attempted 30-61 (.492) 26-51 (.510)
    3P Made-Attempted 7-13 (.538) 8-15 (.533)
    FT Made-Attempted 11-16 (.688) 19-31 (.613)
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (0/0) 12 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 11 2

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