Scores

Final

UTEP 71

(21-7, 11-4 WAC)

Hawaii 67

(14-9, 6-8 WAC)

    12:05 AM ET, February 22, 2005

    Stan Sheriff Center, Honolulu, Hawaii

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    UTEP 33 3871
    HAW 32 3567

    UTEP 71, Hawaii 67

    HONOLULU (AP) -- Omar Thomas scored 27 points to lead Texas-El Paso to a 71-67 victory over Hawaii on Monday night.

    With the score tied at 62-all with just under four minutes to go in the game, UTEP (21-7, 11-4 Western Athletic Conference) went on a 7-2 run, including four points from Thomas, to give the Miners some space.

    After Hawaii's Jake Sottos completed a 3-point play to bring the Rainbow Warriors to within two points, 69-67, Miner Giovanni St. Amant made two free throws with 12.6 seconds remaining to seal the four-point victory for UTEP.

    Sottos led Hawaii (14-9, 6-8) with 15 points. Jeff Blackett added 12 points and Julian Sensley had 11 for the Rainbow Warriors.

    Hawaii turned the ball over a season-low four times, but committed a critical turnover with 30 seconds remaining when Deonte Tatum missed teammate Sensley and threw the ball into the Hawaii bench.

    Filiberto Rivera added 15 points for UTEP and St. Amant had 11.

    The Miners made 11 of their first 15 shots of the game to lead by as many as 11 points in the first half.

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