Scores

Final

UNLV 77

(12-1, 4-0 away)

Hawaii 53

(6-5, 6-4 home)

11:30 PM ET, December 23, 2009

Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

1 2 T
UNLV 44 3377
HAW 21 3253

Top Performers

UNLV: D. Jasper 14 Pts, 7 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

Hawaii: D. Williams 20 Pts, 1 Ast

UNLV 77, Hawaii 53

Associated Press

HONOLULU -- UNLV stymied Hawaii's offense in the first half and continued its pressure as it cruised to a 77-53 win in the semifinal of the Diamond Head Classic Wednesday night.

The Runnin' Rebels (12-1) advanced to the tournament's championship game on Friday against USC, which bested Saint Mary's 60-49 in the other semifinal game.

The Hawaii offense struggled against UNLV's suffocating man-to-man defense and aggressive full-court press, especially in the first half. The Rainbow Warriors (6-5) did not score for the first six minutes, needed 13 minutes to score double figures and managed more turnovers (11) than made field goals (5) en route to a deficit that ballooned to 25 points just before halftime.

UNLV scored a season-worst 53 points.

Hawaii's Dwain Williams came off the bench to lead all scorers with 20 points. UNLV's Derrick Jasper led his team with 14 points.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
UNLV
HAW
Points 77 53
FG Made-Attempted 27-65 (.415) 15-44 (.341)
3P Made-Attempted 7-22 (.318) 4-13 (.308)
FT Made-Attempted 16-20 (.800) 19-30 (.633)
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 26 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
Largest Lead 25 0

2009-10 Season

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