'Bows Make Successful 2004-05 Debut

HONOLULU - The Hawai'i men's basketball team successfully opened the 2004-05 season with a 71-58 victory over Mississippi Valley State, Tuesday, at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Rainbow Warriors won its season opener for the 12th time in head coach Riley Wallace's 18 seasons at the helm.

Newcomer Matt Gibson led the new-look 'Bows (1-0) with a game-high 22 points. Fellow newcomer Chris Botez recorded his first double-double of his career with 15 points and 16 rebounds. Junior pre-season all-WAC forward Julian Sensley added 13 points and seven rebounds. The 'Bows got off to a slow start in the first half, converting on just five of its first 26 field goal attempts. Gibson found his shooting touch with consecutive 3-pointers putting UH ahead 18-17 with 5:06 remaining. Gibson's third trey gave UH a 31-21 lead with just over a minute in the half. Gibson scored 15 in the first half to pace the 'Bows. UH scored the first seven points to start the second half to take a 38-23 advantage. UH pushed its lead to 43-24 four minutes into the half after a Botez putback. After a slow first half, Sensley then got hot with back-to-back 3-pointers to give UH a 54-40 lead. MVSU (0-2) cut the deficit to nine with just over 9:00 to play. But UH answered the call with a 6-0 run to take a 60-45 lead. Sophomore Bobby Nash made his first career start but struggled to find his shot. UH dominated the boards, including a 14-1 advantage on the offensive glass in first half. For the game, the Bows out-rebounded the Delta Devils, 48-30. MVSU was led by Solomon Forbes, who scored a game-high 19 points. The 'Bows will next host Coastal Carolina, Friday, Nov. 26, at the Stan Sheriff Center. Tip-off is set for 8:05 p.m.

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