Nevada hangs on to beat Hawaii
RENO – Luke Babbitt scored 20 points as Nevada held off Hawaii, 66-60, Saturday night in Western Athletic Conference play.
Brandon Fields added 11 points as Nevada (13-8, 5-3) improved to 10-1 at home this season.
Hawaii (9-13, 2-7) was led by Roderick Flemings, who scored 17 points.
Hawaii tied the game at 56-56 with four minutes to go on a lay-up by Flemings. Nevada scored on six consecutive free throws in the final 37.5 seconds to secure the victory.
Babbitt had four of the free throws and Joey Shaw hit a pair. Hawaii missed three of its last five free throws in the final 27-seconds and turned the ball over with 13 seconds to play to spoil their comeback hopes.
Nevada took a 48-35 lead on a 3-pointer by Fields with 11:10 to play and still led by double digits, 51-41, with 8:45 to play on a 3-pointer by Ray Kraemer.
Hawaii went on a 6-0 spurt and Flemings scored twice and Jeremy Lay had a steal and a layup to tie the game at 56-56 with six minutes to go.
Nevada jumped out to a 10-0 lead in the first three minutes as Fields drained a pair of 3-pointers. Kraemer came off the bench to hit a 3-pointer for a 22-16 Nevada lead with 7:45 to go in the half. A lay-up by Dario Hunt gave Nevada a 28-16 lead with six minutes to go.
Hawaii went on a 12-0 over the final six minutes of the first half to force a 28-28 halftime tie. Hiram Thompson hit a 3-pointer and Flemings completed a three-point play to key the run for the Warriors.
Nevada went scoreless over the final 5:59 of the first half and first 2:44 of the second half as Hawaii took its first and only lead of the game, 30-28, two minutes into the second half. Nevada, though, got 3-pointers by Fields and Shaw to key a 12-2 run over the next four minutes to take a 40-32 lead.
Brandon Adams finished with 13 points for Hawaii. Nevada got 11 points from Shaw.