Updated at 9:19 p.m., Monday, November 13, 2006
UH beats Coppin State in men's basketball, 79-67
Advertiser StaffThe University of Hawaii men's basketball team made up for its loss in Las Vegas last week with a 79-67 victory over Coppin State last night.
A crowd of 3,737 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched the Rainbow Warriors rebound from a season-opening loss at UNLV to even their record at 1-1.
Senior co-captains Matt Lojeski and Ahmet Gueye led the way. Lojeski scored a career-high 23 points to lead four 'Bows in double-figure points, and also passed for a career-high eight assists. The 6-foot-6 shooting guard also grabbed seven rebounds.
Gueye scored 19 points on 8-of-10 shooting and grabbed 10 rebounds. He has recorded double-doubles in each of Hawaii's two games this season.
Reserves Riley Luettgerodt and Dominic Waters contributed 12 and 10 points, respectively.
The 'Bows led by as many as 20 points, and maintained a double-digit lead throughout the second half.
After shooting just 33.3 percent from the field at UNLV, Hawaii shot 56.4 percent last night.
Hawaii led from the opening seconds of the game when Bobby Nash scored on a layup, but the Eagles stayed close for the first eight minutes. A jump shot by Antwan Harrison got Coppin State within 13-11 with 11:52 remaining.
Hawai'i responded with a 15-2 run to take a 28-13 lead with 7:22 remaining. The 'Bows hit four 3-pointers during the surge two by Waters and one each by Lojeski and Luettgerodt.
The Eagles never got closer than eight after that, and the 'Bows took a 36-23 advantage at intermission.
Tywain McKee led the Eagles (0-2) with 22 points.
Hawaii's next game is scheduled for Sunday against Oregon State in the Stan Sheriff Center.
The game was part of a grueling nonconference schedule for the Eagles. Their next game is at Tennessee on Sunday. They also have upcoming road games at Missouri, Oklahoma, Alabama, Connecticut and Ohio State.