No. 24 Hawaii 77, S. Methodist 68
HONOLULU (AP) _ Alika Smith scored 25 points and Anthony Carter added 22 as No. 24 Hawaii held off Southern Methodist 77-68 Saturday night.
The Rainbows (12-2, 1-1 Western Athletic Conference) didn’t make a field goal in the final three minutes, but hit seven of nine free throws to clinch the victory.
Smith and Carter each made four 3-point shots for Hawaii.
Jay Poerner led SMU (12-3, 2-2) with 22 points, while Jeryl Sasser had 15 points and 12 rebounds.
Hawaii started the second half with a 9-2 run to take a 47-33 lead. SMU closed the deficit to 56-52 with eight minutes left, but Hawaii increased the margin to 71-61 with 3:48 remaining.
SMU used a 7-0 run to pull within 71-68 with 1:21 left, but then missed its final seven shots.
Hawaii scored the first five points of the game and led 36-31 at halftime.
Hawaii outshot SMU from the field in the first half, 50 percent to 35 percent. But SMU stayed close by scoring 13 points off nine Hawaii turnovers and limiting the Rainbows to four fast-break points.