Men's Basketball Falls to Hawai'i 99-79 in Conference Quarterfinals
Hawaii 99, TCU 79
TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Predag Savovic scored 24 points and Hawaii made a season-high 13 3-pointers in a 99-79 victory over Texas Christian in the quarterfinals of the Western Athletic Conference tournament Thursday.
The fifth-seeded Rainbow Warriors (15-13) will play top seed and No. 25 Fresno State in the semifinals Friday. Fresno State beat Rice 60-52 earlier in the day.
TCU (20-11) saw Hawaii hit six of its first nine 3-point tries in taking a 13-point halftime lead. The Horned Frogs, who shot just 44 percent compared with 60 percent for Hawaii, got no closer than 11 in the second half.
Hawaii's high percentage was due in part to crisp ball movement that resulted in a WAC tournament-record 26 assists and several easy shots.
Savovic, who wound up 5-of-7 from 3-point range, and Nerijus Puida each hit 3-pointers during a three-minute span in which Hawaii pushed its lead to 60-42.
TCU got within 15 twice after that, the second time 62-47 on a jumper by Thomas McTyer with 14:29 remaining. But Hawaii followed with a 14-1 run that included two 3s by Savovic and one by Puida. TCU missed all six of its shots during that time and was limited to one shot on every possession.
Hawaii scored on 13 of 17 possessions in widening its second-half lead from 51-39 to 80-53.
Puida finished with 21 points and was 5-of-9 from beyond the arc. Troy Ostler had 19 points.
TCU got 26 points from Bingo Merriex and 14 from Ryan Carroll.