Rough Thursday night for Hawaii hoops teams

Hiram Thompson
Hiram Thompson

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Let's just say, it was not a good night to be a Hawaii hoops fan. Both the Rainbow men and women suffering tough home losses Thursday night.

The Rainbow Warriors did get big man Bill Amis back from a foot injury against Idaho. He tried to find his groove, but he had only six points tonight on just 2-7 shooting.

For Hawaii as a team, tough night all around. But for the Vandals, they were dealing. Steve Madison capped an 11-0 Idaho run in the first half with a three-pointer.

Then, just before halftime, Shawn Henderson stole the ball from Trevor Wiseman and got the lay-up at the other end, just before the buzzer.

Idaho lead 34-29 at the break. They didn't let up down the stretch. Henderson capped another 12-0 Idaho run with a lay-up.

The 'Bows meanwhile, went cold, and remain winless in WAC play. 59-44 was the final.

Hawaii had a nightmare shooting performance, at just 29 percent from the field.

The Rainbow Warriors drop to 9-6 overall and 0-3 in the WAC.

Up next is Boise State on Saturday Night. But after the game, much of the talk centered around Hawaii going ice cold from the floor.

"You know we didn't shoot the ball well," Hawaii point guard Hiram Thompson said. "I had a lot of wide open looks and they just didn't fall, and a lot of other guys, same thing. Our shooting wasn't there tonight and that didn't help."

"For us to only get out there and score 15 points the 2nd half was pretty rough and it seemed like even when we were open for shots, which wasn't often because they were guarding us, that even those shots didn't fall," said head coach Gib Arnold.

It also wasn't a good night for the Rainbow Wahine.

Coach Dana Takahara-Dias watched her team fall to New Mexico State.

To end the first half, Shawna-Lei Kuehu scored a lay up to beat the buzzer. The Wahine were only down by 3 at the break.

In the second half, Kuehu made a nice steal and passed it to Brianna Arbuckle for an easy basket. That closed to gap to 49-46 Aggies.

But New Mexico State puts this one away.

Hawaii's Keisha Kanekoa had a team-high 17, but with 3:08 left, she loses the ball and New Mexico State would take it the other way for the score.

The Wahine fall 74-58 in the WAC opener for both schools. Hawaii is now 6-8 overall and 0-1 in the WAC.

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