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
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
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.