'Bows Rebound From Two-Game Skid

HONOLULU - The Hawai'i men's basketball team picked up its first Western Athletic Conference win of the season with a 71-45 victory over San Jose State, Saturday night, at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Rainbow Warriors snapped their two-game skid and improved to 9-2 overall and 1-2 in the WAC. The 'Bows were led by a balanced attack as four 'Bows reached double-figures in scoring, paced by Vaidotas Peciukas' season-high 13 points. Forward Julian Sensley filled the stat sheet with his 10th career double-double, posting 10 points and grabbing 11 rebounds. Sophomore guard Matt Gibson chipped in with 12 points, his seventh consecutive game in double figures. UH got off to a fast start, racing out to a 14-2 lead with a 14-0 run. The 'Bows never looked back, extending their lead to 25-9 with under eight minutes to play and 32-13 at the half. Marquin Chandler provided the only offense for the Spartans (3-9, 0-3) in the first half, scoring seven points. Chandler had all of the team's field goals until Alex Elam's trey with 5:58 remaining. Junior Matthew Gipson made first career start in place of Jeff Blackett, who missed several days of practice this week due to an infection. Gipson scored all seven of his points in the first half. The 'Bows poured it on in the second half, pushing their lead to 27, with a 13-3 run to start the period. The Spartans would get no closer than 15 the rest of the way. The final margin of 26 points was the largest in the series' 22 game history. Chandler finished with a team-high 15 for the Spartans, while Donta Watson scored all of his 12 points in the second half. The only negative for the 'Bows was their free-throw shooting. UH converted just 16-27 for a 59.3 percentage. The 'Bows continue their homestand against SMU, Thursday, Jan. 13 and Louisiana Tech, Saturday, Jan. 15. Tip-off for both games is 7:05 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.

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