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The Honolulu Advertiser

Posted at 10:44 p.m., Thursday, February 2, 2006

Rainbow Warriors shoot down Vandals

By Dayton Morinaga
Advertiser Staff Writer

The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team returned home and returned to winning form with an 81-61 victory over Idaho tonight.

A crowd of 4,213 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched the Rainbow Warriors end a two-game losing streak to improve to 11-8 overall and 5-4 in the Western Athletic Conference. The Vandals dropped to 3-16 overall with their 10th consecutive loss, and 0-8 in the WAC.

The 'Bows shot a season-high 63.3 percent from the field (31 of 49), including 62.5 percent from 3-point range (10 of 16)

Senior forward Julian Sensley led Hawai'i's balanced attack with 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting. He also led the team with seven rebounds and five assists.

Junior guard Matt Lojeski added a career-high 21 points, including 5-of-6 shooting from 3-point range. Ahmet Gueye and Dominic Waters contributed 11 points each.

Hawai'i took control of the game midway through the first half and was never threatened in the second half.

The shorter Vandals actually caused problems for the 'Bows early in the game. Idaho opened with an 11-7 lead before Hawai'i took control with precise shooting.

A 17-4 surge late in the first half gave the 'Bows a 40-27 lead. Lojeski, Waters and John Wilder each hit a 3-pointer during the run.

The 'Bows eventually took a 42-29 lead at intermission, and shot 76.2 percent from the field (16 of 21) in the first half.

Lojeski led the way with 13 points in the first half on 5-of-5 shooting, including 3 of 3 from

3-point range.

Hawai'i opened the second half with a 13-2 run to increase its lead to 55-31 with 13:51 remaining. The Vandals never got closer than 18 the rest of the way.

Tanoris Shepard led Idaho with 17 points.