Hopson’s 24 points lead Idaho past Hawaii 59-52

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HONOLULU (AP)—Mac Hopson scored a season-high 24 points to lead Idaho past Hawaii 59-52 Saturday night.

Steffan Johnson added 10 points, all of them in the first half including a buzzer-beating banked 3-pointer to give the Vandals (8-4, 1-0 Western Athletic Conference) an 11-point lead going into halftime.

Hawaii’s Paul Campbell matched his career-best effort with 14 points. Roderick Flemings, who missed the last two games with a sprained right knee, came off the bench to score 10 points.

Hawaii (7-7, 0-1) led midway through the first half, but Idaho’s 3-point shooters caught fire and hit three 3’s in the last 90 seconds to give the Vandals a lead 22-20 lead, which they never relinquished. They hit 7 of 16 from behind the arc, while the Rainbow Warriors shot a mere 2 of 16 from long distance.

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Mac Hopson Mac Hopson
8-11,  24 Pts
5 Rebs, 2 Assists
Paul Campbell Paul Campbell
7-8,  14 Pts
7 Rebs, 1 Assists

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