Seventh-ranked Mississippi State clamps down on UH

By KALANI TAKASE
The Associated Press
HONOLULU — Chinwe Okorie scored 18 points to lead No. 7 Mississippi State to a 66-41 win over the University of Hawaii women’s basketball team to conclude the Rainbow Wahine Showdown on Sunday at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Okorie, a 6-foot-5 senior center, made eight of her 10 shots and had seven rebounds.
Victoria Vivians, the tournament’s most outstanding player, added 10 points for the Bulldogs (7-0).
It was the lowest scoring output of the season for Hawaii, which shot just 32 percent from the field and 17 percent (2-of-12) on 3-pointers.
Mississippi State opened the game with an 11-0 run and led by as many as 24 points.
Sarah Toeaina and Briana Harris had 11 points apiece for the Rainbow Wahine (2-5). Lahainaluna High School graduate Keleah-Aiko Koloi had one rebound.
Mississippi State held a 33-19 lead at halftime.
Hawaii plays at UCLA next Sunday.

Rainbow Warriors earn win over Arkansas-Pine Bluff

HONOLULU (AP) — Gibson Johnson scored 13 points to lead the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team to a 64-44 victory over Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Jack Purchase and Matthew Owies added 11 points apiece for the Rainbow Warriors
(4-3), who have won two of their last three games. Larry Lewis Jr. had 10 points and Sheriff Drammeh had five assists and chipped in nine points.
Ghiavonni Robinson scored 12 points on 4-of-10 shooting to lead the Golden Lions (1-5).
Hawaii led 29-22 at halftime and Arkansas-Pine Bluff didn’t get closer. The Rainbow Warriors stretched their lead to 54-32 with about five minutes left.
The Golden Lions had 27 fouls and 23 turnovers. UH made 18 of 27 free throws.
The Rainbow Warriors next play Seton Hall on Dec. 6 and Princeton on Dec. 7 as part of the Pearl Harbor Invitational.

Rainbow Warriors fall to Trojans

The Maui News
The University of Hawaii men’s basketball team rallied after trailing by as many as 17 points before falling short against Troy 65-63 on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.
The Trojans (3-3) scored the first 14 points of the game and held their largest lead at 23-6 after a 3-pointer by Wesley Person with 12 minutes, 9 seconds to go in the first half. They led by nine at the break.
The Rainbow Warriors (3-3) responded in the second half, tying it at 37 and then 60 but never taking the lead.
Person and Jordon Varnado each scored 14 points for Troy.
Jack Purchase hit six 3-pointers and finished with 21 points to lead UH.
The Rainbow Warriors next host Arkansas-Pine Bluff on Sunday.

Rainbow Warriors cruise by Vulcans

HONOLULU (AP) — Noah Allen had 16 of his career-high 24 points in the first half and grabbed 10 rebounds to lead the University of Hawaii at Manoa men’s basketball team to an 86-55 win over Division II Hawaii-Hilo on Tuesday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Allen finished 9-of-14 from the field with six 3-pointers. Sheriff Drammeh added 16 points, Gibson Johnson had 14 with eight rebounds and Brocke Stepteau had 11 points with seven assists for the Rainbow Warriors (3-2).
UH Manoa shot 50 percent in the first half to open a 45-24 lead. The Rainbow Warriors didn’t put together big runs but hit 9-of-18 from behind the arc. Allen had four 3-pointers in the half.
All 12 UH Manoa players scored and the Rainbow Warriors finished with 24 assists on 31 baskets. They ended up with 13 3s and had 24 points off of nine Vulcan turnovers.
Brian Ishola had 18 points for UH Hilo (1-3).
The Rainbow Warriors next host Troy on Friday.

Hawaii wins regular-season finale

The University of Hawaii women’s volleyball team, already assured of a Big West championship, concluded its regular season Saturday with a 21-25, 25-14, 25-18, 25-10 victory over UC Santa Barbara at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.
Nikki Taylor had 22 kills and 11 digs for the Rainbow Wahine (22-5, 15-1 Big West), ranked 14th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll. McKenna Granato and Emily Maglio each had 11 kills, and Annie Mitchem finished with 10.
Norene Iosia had 15 digs and 40 assists for UH.
Hawaii won its 10th match in a row — the team had not lost a set in its previous nine matches — and extended its winning streak in home conference matches to 19.
Hawaii’s next match will be in the NCAA tournament, which begins Dec. 1. The Rainbow Wahine have played in the last 24 tournaments.
Lindsey Ruddins had 21 kills for the Gauchos (17-11, 8-7), and Chloe Allen added 10. Emilia Petrachi had 25 digs and Hannah Juley finished with 34 assists.

UH needs win today to retain bowl chances

The University of Hawaii football team will try to maintain its chance at a bowl berth when it faces Fresno State today in Fresno, Calif.
The Rainbow Warriors (4-7, 3-4 Mountain West) have two games left in their regular season, and could receive a Hawaii Bowl invitation with a 6-7 mark. Hawaii’s last postseason appearance was in the Hawaii Bowl in 2010.
The Bulldogs (1-9, 0-6) will be playing their third game under interim coach Eric Kiesau, who took over after Tim DeRuyter was fired. Jeff Tedford has been hired for next season. Kiesau had been the offensive coordinator.
Fresno State has won its last five meetings with Hawaii, and the Rainbow Warriors have lost their last three games in a row overall, giving up 107 points in their last two.
“It’s who wants it more in this game,” UH coach Nick Rolovich said in an interview posted online by the school’s athletic department. “Records don’t matter, stats don’t matter.”
The Rainbow Warriors will be seeking to finish with a .500 conference record for the first time since joining the Mountain West in 2012.
“It’s a do or die game,” said UH receiver John Ursua.
Marcus Kemp needs 72 receiving yards to become the first UH player to reach 1,000 in a season since Royce Pollard in 2011.

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Friday’s Results
AP TOP 25
No. 22 Boise St. 42, UNLV 25
MIDWEST
Memphis 34, Cincinnati 7
FAR WEST
E. Washington 35, Portland St. 28

Rainbow Warriors edge out Owls

HONOLULU (AP) — Gibson Johnson scored the game-winner with 6.3 seconds left to lead the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team to a 64-63 win over Florida Atlantic on Tuesday morning in the Rainbow Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Johnson scored the final five points for the Rainbow Warriors and finished with 13. Noah Allen led UH (2-1) with 15 points and 11 rebounds and Sheriff Drammeh added 13 points in a game that tipped off past 11 p.m. Monday night.
Ronald Delph led FAU (0-3) with a game-high 22 points, 12 rebounds and three blocks.
The Owls used an 8-0 run to lead 63-59 with 1:07 left, but Johnson’s 3-point play helped chip away at the lead before his winning basket underneath.
Frank Booker’s 3-point attempt fell short at the buzzer.
Hawaii led 30-27 at the half and shot 41 percent from the field. Drammeh finished 3-of-4 from 3-point range.
UH next hosts No. 5 North Carolina on Friday.

Mariota leads Titans past Packers

Saint Louis School graduate throws four touchdown passes

By TERESA M. WALKER
The Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Marcus Mariota threw for 295 yards and four touchdowns as the Tennessee Titans routed the Green Bay Packers 47-25 on Sunday.
Mariota has 21 touchdown passes this season, making the Saint Louis School graduate the first Titans quarterback with at least 20 since 2003, when Steve McNair threw 24.
“To even be mentioned among Steve McNair, especially around here, is an honor,” said Mariota, who completed 19 of 26 passes without an interception, and has an NFL-best 17 touchdown passes over the last six weeks.
Tennessee (5-5), which scored 35 first-half points, matched its victory total over the past two seasons combined.
The Titans opened the game with an onside kick — they didn’t recover the ball, but forced a three-and-out by the Packers (4-5).
“We dug ourselves a huge, huge hole and, frankly, it comes down to the basics of football,” said Green Bay coach Mike McCarthy. “We weren’t nearly to the standard that we expect from one another.”
The Titans’ DeMarco Murray ran for 123 yards and a touchdown and also threw a touchdown pass.
Brian Orakpo had two of Tennessee’s five sacks.

Rainbow Wahine open with loss to Trojans

The Maui News
The University of Hawaii women’s basketball team lost 76-44 to Southern California on Friday in Los Angeles in the season opener for both teams.
Briana Harris, Sarah Toeaina and Olivia Crawford each scored eight points for the Rainbow Wahine. Hawaii freshman Keleah-Aiko Koloi, a Lahainaluna High School graduate, did not play.
Kristen Simon scored 16 points to lead the Trojans.
Hawaii will play at Cal State-Bakersfield on Sunday.

Mariota’s turnovers hurt Titans in loss to Chargers

Saint Louis School graduate passes for three touchdowns
SAN DIEGO (AP) — The Tennessee Titans’ Marcus Mariota accounted for four touchdowns but also had a fumble and an interception returned for scores in a 43-35 loss to the San Diego Chargers on Sunday.
Melvin Gordon ran for a career-high 196 yards and a touchdown for the Chargers (4-5).
Mariota, a Saint Louis School graduate, passed for 313 yards, with scoring throws of 16 and 7 yards to Rishard Matthews and 8 yards to Delanie Walker. Mariota also ran for a 14-yard touchdown in the third quarter that gave Tennessee (4-5) a 21-19 lead.
Gordon’s 1-yard score — his NFL-leading 11th touchdown of the season — put San Diego back in front, and Dwight Lowery then returned a Mariota fumble 43 yards for a score.
Brandon Flowers ran back an interception 33 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.
The Titans franchise has lost seven straight games in San Diego. The last victory was in 1990 as the Houston Oilers.