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Saturday, February 27, 2010
Hawaii-Nevada possibly canceled by tsunami warning

By Diamond Leung and Andy Katz

Tonight's Hawaii-Nevada game was among the athletic events scheduled for Saturday that was canceled or postponed after campus was closed due to a tsunami warning, the school announced.

No potential makeup date for the basketball game has been determined, and it's possible the game will not be rescheduled.

Nevada sports information director Rhonda Lundin said from Honolulu Saturday afternoon that the Wolf Pack and all guests at the Hilton Hotel were told to get above the fourth floor at 4 p.m. EST when the first waves were expected to hit shore.

Lundin said the team would gather in Nevada coach David Carter’s 26th floor room to ride out the tsunami warnings. Lundin said local authorities said the warnings could go on for hours as a series of waves are expected, but no one is quite sure how severe they will be after the 8.8 earthquake rocked Chile earlier Saturday. The earthquake has created tsunami warnings in coastal areas across the Pacific Ocean. President Obama reiterated early Saturday for residents to listen to local authorities in Hawaii and U.S. territories in the Pacific Ocean region.

Nevada is staying two blocks from Waikiki Beach, which has been closed. Lundin said roads to the airport have also been closed.

Hawaii postponed the game Saturday night against Nevada and the Wolf Pack is hopeful to still get out on a red eye late Saturday night. The reason the game may not be replayed is Hawaii is in last place in the nine-team WAC and may not need the game since only eight qualify for the WAC tournament. Hawaii (2-11, 9-18) trails eighth-place Boise State (3-10, 13-15) by a game in the standings with two games remaining, both on the road at Boise State and Idaho. Nevada (9-4, 17-10) is in play for a postseason berth and seeding in the WAC tournament is still in doubt, trailing first-place Utah State by two games and second-place New Mexico State by a game.