Mens Basketball: Hawaii edges Boise State

Rainbows pick up much needed win over fiesty Broncos.

HONOLULU - Phil Martin scored a game-high 18 points as the Hawai'i men's basketball team edged Boise State, 68-65, Thursday night, in a Western Athletic Conference match-up at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Rainbow Warriors improved to 16-10 overall and 8-9 in WAC play.

Martin also grabbed six rebounds and blocked Boise State's Aaron Haynes' 3-point attempt with the clock winding down. All-American candidate
Carl English posted 14 points and nine rebounds. Nkeruwem Akpan started at center and made all six of his field goal attempts to finish with 15 points.

The 'Bows trailed by one at the half (35-34) but rebounded after the break, shooting 60.9 percent from the field. Hawai'i led for much of the period until the Broncos used a 9-0 run to tie the game at 60 with 3:29 remaining. UH regained the lead after a Martin lay-up but BSU responded with a Jason Ellis turnaround jumper in the lane.

After Martin converted two free throws to put UH ahead 64-62, Mark Campbell picked off one of his four steals on the night and found Martin underneath for a lay-up. The Broncos closed to within 66-65 with :36.1 remaining after a Soloman Wyatt steal and breakaway lay-up. But BSU fouled Campbell and the senior capped the scoring by making both free throws.

The Broncos had one last chance but Haynes' first 3-point attempt was blocked by Martin. Haynes grabbed the rebound but his final attempt hit the front rim as time expired.

Ellis led the Broncos with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

The 'Bows conclude their regular season against UTEP, Mar. 8. Tip-off is set for 7:05 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center. Seniors Mark Campbell, Ryne Holliday, and Lance Takaki will be honored following the game in the traditional "Senior Night" ceremonies.

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