Hawaii defeats Montana State 77-59
Hiram Thompson scored 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting from the
field and Hawaii caught fire in the second half to beat Montana
State 77-59 Friday night in the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow
It was the first game for Hawaii coach Gib Arnold and the season
opener for both schools.
The game was tied 32-32 at halftime, but the Rainbow Warriors
made 17 of 31 field-goal attempts in outscoring the Bobcats 45-27
in the second half.
Bo Barnes added 19 points and Josten Thomas had 18 for Hawaii,
which led by as much as 75-51 with 4:23 remaining.
Arnold was hired at Hawaii in March to replace Bob Nash, who was
fired after three seasons.
Bobby Howard scored 17 points and Erik Rush added 15 for Montana
State, which led 23-15 with 8:15 left in the first half.