|Hawaii forward Joston Thomas, right, gets a big hug from his teammates after scoring the game winning basket against Xavier in overtime of an NCAA college basketball game Friday, Dec. 23, 2011, in Honolulu. Hawaii upset #14 Xavier 84-82 in overtime. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)|
Hawaii beats No. 14 Xavier 84-82 in overtime
HONOLULU—Joston Thomas made a layup from the baseline with 0.8 seconds left in overtime to give Hawaii an 84-82 comeback victory over No. 14 Xavier on Friday night in the Diamond Head Classic, the Musketeers' third straight loss since a bench-clearing brawl Dec. 10 against Cincinnati.
Hawaii, down by 15 early in the second half of the consolation semifinal, tied it at 77 on Hauns Brereton's 3-pointer from the top of the key with 2.0 seconds left in regulation.
Thomas finished with 24 points on 8-of-11 shooting and had nine rebounds. Vander Joaquim added 20 points for Hawaii (6-5), Zane Johnson had 14 and Brereton 13.
The victory was Hawaii's first over a ranked team since it beat then-No. 4 Michigan State in November 2005.
On the winning play, Thomas found Johnson on the inbounds pass. Johnson penetrated the lane before passing to Thomas, whose right-handed shot circled the rim before falling through. A desperation heave by Xavier from about 75 feet as time expired was well short.
Tu Holloway led Xavier (8-3) with 26 points, Mark Lyons had 18 and Kenny Frease 13. Xavier has lost three straight for the first time under coach Chris Mack.
Lyons played for the first time since the victory over Cincinnati. He was one of three Musketeers suspended for their parts in the altercation.
Holloway, who returned from his one-game suspension Thursday in a first-round loss to Long Beach State, was 4 of 8 from 3-point range and 7 of 16 overall. He also had six assists.
Holloway left the game briefly with an apparent right (shooting) hand injury early in the game.
Xavier opened the game on a 12-0 run and stretched the lead to 15 with 17:17 remaining in regulation.
Johnson's 3-pointer pulled Hawaii to 75-74 with 3:10 to play, but Holloway answered for the Musketeers with a 3-pinter with 24 seconds. Brereton then hit his tying 3-pointer off an assist from Jeremiah Ostrowski.
Hawaii took its first lead on the first possession of overtime on Joaquim's dunk.
The Rainbow Warriors, who rebounded from a quarterfinal loss to Auburn on Thursday, will face Clemson in the fifth-place game Sunday. The Musketeers will play Southern Illinois for seventh place.