Dec. 17, 2005
LOGAN, Utah - Matt Lojeski scored a game-high 20 points, while Julian Sensley added 19 points and seven rebounds to lead Hawai'i to a 69-59 win against Utah State in the Western Athletic Conference opener for both teams here Saturday afternoon.
Hawai'i improves to 4-2 overall and 1-0 in league play with the win, while Utah State falls to 4-3 on the year and 0-1 in the WAC with the loss.
Utah State scored the first points of the game on a three-pointer by Carroll and led 7-5 before Hawai'i went on an 8-0 run to take a six-point lead. The Rainbow Warriors extended its advantage to 22-11 mid-way through the opening half before Utah State slowly chipped away at the deficit, as the Aggies ended the half on a 15-4 run, which included a five-point play as Carroll hit a three-pointer and Harris added two free throws after being fouled on the play, to take a 35-32 led into the break.
Utah State shot 54.2 percent from the field in the opening half as Carroll had 10 points, while Hawai'i made 44.8 percent of its field goals. Hawai'i scored the first five points of the second-half to regain the lead and 37-35, and would trail only one more time as Utah State's last led of the game came with 11:03 remaining on a three-pointer by Chris Huber to give the visitors a 47-46 advantage. Hawai'i then went on an 11-2 run to regain control of the game and USU could get no closer than seven points before losing by 10.
Hawai'i shot 57.7 percent from the field in the second-half and held Utah State to just 21.9 percent as it was 7-of-32 from the field in the half.
Overall, Hawai'i shot 50.9 percent from the field and held Utah State, who came into the game leading the nation in field goal percentage at 54.8 percent, to just 35.7 percent shooting for the game.
Hawai'i also out-rebounded Utah State 37-28 and the Rainbow Warriors blocked a season-high nine shots in the game.
Utah State will return to action on Tues., Dec. 20 when it hosts Oral Roberts at 7:05 p.m. in the Dee Glen Smith Specturm.
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