Hawaii 68, New Mexico 67
LARAMIE, Wyo. (AP) _ Ray Reed came off the bench to score 22 points and Troy Bowe had two key steals as Hawaii upset New Mexico 68-67 in quarterfinal action at the Western Athletic Conference tournament.
Hawaii trailed 64-61 with 2:42 left when Bowe stole the ball from Vladimir McCrary and fed Chris Walz, whose 7-foot jumper pulled the Rainbow Warriors to within 64-63.
New Mexico then called time, but Bowe again stole it, this time from Willie Banks, and drove the length of the court for a layup that put Hawaii ahead 65-64.
The Lobos regained the lead, 67-65, with 1:09 left as Rob Robbins hit a three-point shot from the left corner of the court, but Hawaii took it back with 35 seconds on a 3-pointer by Reed.
Then 7-foot-2 center Luc Longley, who finished with 21 points, missed from inside for New Mexico and Rob Newton’s follow-up attempt was swatted away by Tim Shepherd. A diving Bowe slapped it to Phil Lott and time expired as he drove the length of the court.
Walz added 18 points for Hawaii, while Banks had 20 for New Mexico.
The loss marked the second straight year that New Mexico (20-9) lost in the quarterfinals. The Lobos, who were seeded third in the tournament. Hawaii seeded sixth, improved to 16-12.