Hawaii 72, No. 17 New Mexico 68, OT
HONOLULU (AP) _ Freshman Mike McIntyre scored a career-high 19 points, including a pair of clinching free throws with 4.4 seconds left in overtime, as Hawaii upset No. 17 New Mexico 72-68 Saturday night.
The Rainbows (5-16, 2-8 Western Athletic Conference) rallied after trailing by 10 points in the second half. Mike Robinson overcame a 1-for-8 shooting performance in the first half to spark the Hawaii comeback with 10 straight points during one stretch.
That got the Rainbows to within six and in position for a 14-3 run led by McIntyre, who got eight points, and Johnny White, who added the remaining six points.
But a five-point lead was short-lived as Kenny Thomas, who finished with 25 points and nine rebounds, and Lamont Long pulled the Lobos (17-6, 4-4) into a 61-61 tie at the end of regulation.
Long scored New Mexico’s final six points, including a pair of free throws with 7.5 seconds left that sent the game into an extra period. Johnny White, who scored all eight of his points in the second half, had put the Rainbows ahead, 61-59, on a putback with 21 seconds left.
Thomas hit a 15-footer at the end of regulation, but the officials ruled it came after the buzzer.
In the extra session, New Mexico took a quick 68-65 lead on Thomas’ third 3-pointer of the game. But McIntyre countered with his fifth 3-pointer to tie it and Erin Galloway put Hawaii ahead for good with a pair of free throws with 56 seconds left.
The Lobos trailed by five points early in the game, but an 11-2 run _ highlighted by 3-pointers by Kevin Henry, Tim Lightfoot and Thomas _ helped them take a 32-24 lead at the midway mark.
Robinson had 13 points, and Galloway and Casey Cartwright each had 12 for Hawaii, who played without leading scorer Marquette Alexander, who sat out the game with a deep thigh bruise.
New Mexico, which got 12 points each from Long and Kevin Henry, has lost four of its last five games.