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Dec. 25, 2011
HONOLULU - Hawaii shot 60 percent after the halftime break en route to a 75-68 win in the fifth-place game at the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic over Clemson on Sunday. The win improved the Rainbow Warriors to 7-5, and dropped the Tigers to 7-6 overall.
Three players reached double figures for the Tigers, led by Andre Young with 14 points. Young made 5-of-13 shots and 2-of-4 from three. Tanner Smith added 12 points and five assists, while Devin Booker contributed 13 points and seven rebounds. Hawaii guard Zane Johnson went off for a career-best 27 points. He made 6-of-12 from three-point range to highlight the Warriors' offensive efforts.
Clemson trailed 7-2 early in the game before Booker hit a 15-footer, which was followed moments later by a Bernard Sullivan jam on a feed inside by Smith. Reserve center Catalin Baciu knotted the game at nine apiece with a three-point play underneath the basket. The game was tied again at 14 after another Booker jam from Smith, but the Rainbow Warriors responded with five quick points to force a Brad Brownell timeout.
As was the case throughout much of the opening half, Clemson tied the game with another quick flurry of points. Sapp tied the game at 19 after swishing a three in the corner. The Tigers actually put together a 10-0 run that included a floater in the lane and a stepback trifecta from Young. Hawaii pulled to within one at 27-26, but Booker knocked down his third triple of the season to put the Tigers ahead by four.