Nevada hangs on to beat Hawaii |

Nevada hangs on to beat Hawaii

The Associated Press

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.

Support Local Journalism

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.

Support Local Journalism

Readers around the Lake Tahoe Basin and beyond make the Tahoe Tribune's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.


See more