'Bows Win On The Road

ST. LOUIS - Julian Sensley's banker in the lane with 15.2 seconds remaining gave Hawai'i a 53-52 victory over Saint Louis, Saturday, at the Savvis Center. At 4-0, the Rainbow Warriors are off to its best start since the 1997-98 season.

Saint Louis' Izik Ohanon missed a wide-open 18-footer from the right wing with time winding down and UH's Deonte Tatum rebounded and ran out the clock. Sensley finished the game with a team-high 15 points and 11 rebounds, for his ninth career double-double. Junior Matthew Gipson came off the bench and scored 10 points on 4-of-5 shooting. "It was a good win for us," head coach Riley Wallace said. "We got some quick baskets that I thought we wouldn't get. But we got the right guys with the ball in the end." The 'Bows took a 51-50 lead with 49.4 seconds left after a pair of Matt Gibson free throws. But the Billikens retook the lead after a Reggie Bryant bucket with 35.8 seconds left. After a timeout, UH ran its offense around Sensley, who grabbed the ball in the post and eluded his defender for the game-winning bucket. Saint Louis outrebounded Hawai'i, 41-29, and held the 'Bows to 37.5 percent shooting for the game. The Billikens used a 14-0 run in the second half during a seven and a half minute stretch to turn a six point deficit into an eight point lead (39-31) with just under 12:00 to play. Trailing 42-33 midway through the second half, the 'Bows then used its own 10-0 run, capped by a Matt Gibson lay-up, to retake the lead at 43-42 with 6:06 left. The lead then changed hands six times the rest of the way. Senior Jake Sottos, of nearby Monmouth, Ill., had nearly 100 friends and family in the stands. He didn't disappoint, helping UH take a 27-23 halftime lead with a fall-away 3-pointer at the buzzer. UH led for much of the first half as seven different players scored. Bryant, who was high school teammates with Sensley at St. Thomas More in Connecticut had a game-high 19 points, including 14 in the second half. Ohanon led the Billikens (1-4) with 16 rebounds. The 'Bows return to Honolulu and host Saint Mary's (Calif.), Saturday, Dec. 11. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.

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