Men's Basketball Hosts Adidas Festival

After a road trip to San Diego State, the UH Men's Basketball teams hosts Eastern Illinois and New Orleans in the Adidas Festival.

HONOLULU - The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team returns to Honolulu to host the Adidas Festival, Dec. 20-21. UH will meet Eastern Illinois, Friday, Dec. 20 and New Orleans, Saturday, Dec. 21. Tip-off for both games is 8:00 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.

This Week's Adidas Festival Schedule:
Dec. 20 - Cal Poly vs. New Orleans 6:00 p.m.
          Hawai`i vs. Eastern Illinois 8:00 p.m.
Dec. 21 - Cal Poly vs. Eastern Illinois 6:00 p.m.
          Hawai`i vs. New Orleans 8:00 p.m.

The Teams:
Hawai`i (2-1) dropped a 60-48 decision to San Diego State, Saturday, in San Diego, Calif.
Eastern Illinois (3-5) is coming off a 12-point loss (80-68) to Illinois in Champaign, Ill.

Series History:
The series is tied, 1-1. UH won the first meeting in 1983 (68-65). In the team's latest meeting in 1998, the Panthers edged the Rainbow Warriors (73-72) during the Nike Festival.

About the Eastern Illinois Panthers
The Panthers are off to a 3-5 start in 2002-03 with losses to three ranked teams (at #7 Florida, 99-65; at #13 Marquette, 97-74; and at #14 Illinois, 80-68). Leading the team in scoring is senior guard Henry Domercant (6-4, Naperville, IL), who is averaging 25.6 points per game, and last week became the school's career scoring leader. Last season Domercant was the nation's second leading scorer at 26.4 ppg. Head coach Rick Samuels is in his 23rd season at EIU, the third longest streak among active coaches at one institution. Samuels' career record is 331-313 and includes two trips to the NCAA Tournament (1992 & 2001).

Television Coverage:
KFVE-TV (Ch. 5 - The Home Team). Jim Leahey (play-by-play), Artie Wilson (color), LIVE. Rebroadcast at 10:30 p.m.

Radio Coverage:
Sports and Talk Radio (KKEA 1420 AM). Bobby Curran (play-by-play), Jeff Portnoy (color), LIVE. Internet link on uhathletics.hawaii.edu

Game Day Promotions:
The first 2,000 fans receive a complimentary drink holder courtesy of Bank of Hawai`i.


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