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Posted on: Tuesday, February 23, 2010

WAC honors 'Bows' Flemings


Advertiser Staff

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Roderick Flemings

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After one of the top scoring performances in University of Hawai'i basketball history, senior forward Roderick Flemings received the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Player of the Week award yesterday.

Flemings scored 39 points in Hawai'i's 102-89 loss to Cal Poly on Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

It was the most points scored by a Hawai'i player in the history of the Sheriff Center, which opened in 1994.

Only three other Rainbow Warriors have ever scored more Tony Davis scored 45 in 1959, Trevor Ruffin had 42 in 1993, and Gavin Smith 40 in 1977.

Flemings shot 15 of 30 from the field, which was two short of the Hawai'i record for field-goal attempts in a game.

Earlier in the week, Flemings tallied 25 points and 11 rebounds in an 88-64 loss at New Mexico State.

For the week, Flemings averaged 32.0 points, 8.0 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game. It is his second WAC Player of the Week honor this season, and third of his career.

The 'Bows, who are on an eight-game losing streak, will play their final two home games of the season this week. They will host Utah State on Thursday, then Nevada on Saturday.

Thursday's game will be a battle of teams headed in opposite directions.

Hawai'i is 9-17 overall and tied for last place in the WAC at 2-10. Utah State is on a 12-game winning streak. The Aggies are 22-6 overall and in first place in the WAC at 11-2.

Saturday's game will be the final home appearance for five Hawai'i seniors Flemings, Brandon Adams, Petras Balocka, Paul Campbell and Adhar Mayen.

The 'Bows will close the regular season with games at Boise State on March 4, and Idaho on March 6.

Hawai'i and Boise State are tied for last in the WAC. The last-place team will not qualify for the WAC Tournament at Reno, Nev.

MEN'S TOP 25

NO. 1 KANSAS 81, OKLAHOMA 68: Xavier Henry scored 18 of his 23 points in the first half and host Kansas (27-1, 13-0) clinched at least a share of its sixth straight Big 12 regular-season title with a victory over Oklahoma (13-14, 4-9).

Connecticut 73, No. 8 West Virginia 62: Kemba Walker scored 21 points as host Connecticut (17-11, 7-8 Big East) beat West Virginia (21-6, 10-5), its third win this season over a top 10 team.

WAC MEN

SEATTLE 90, SAN JOSE STATE 88: Charles Garcia scored 20 points and Taylor Olsen made a go-ahead 3-pointer with six seconds left as visiting Seattle (15-14) beat San Jose State (13-13).

WOMEN'S TOP 25

NO. 4 TENNESSEE 70, NO. 20 LSU 61: Kelley Cain scored 16 points and set a school record with 12 blocks to help host Tennessee (25-2, 13-1 SEC) beat LSU (18-8, 7-7).

No. 9 Florida State 59, No. 21 Virginia 58: Courtney Ward scored 29 points and Jacinta Monroe made two free throws with 5.9 seconds remaining as visiting Florida State (24-4, 10-2 ACC) beat Virginia (20-7, 8-4).

No. 17 Baylor 65, No. 12 Texas A&M 63: Brittney Griner had 22 points, including the go-ahead basket, and 21 rebounds as host Baylor (20-7, 7-6 Big 12) beat Texas A&M (19-7, 7-6).