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Smith leads the Vulcans with win over Western New Mexico


Photography by Rick Ogata | Special to Hawaii 24/7

MEDIA RELEASE

The University of Hawaii at Hilo beat Western New Mexico University 91-82 in an NCAA Division II contest in the UHH gymnasium.

The Vulcans get their first win of the season and are 1-2 while the Mustangs are also 1-2.

Justin Smith had a break-out game for the Vulcans with 30 points and nine rebounds. He was 15 of 17 from the field with two assists and no turnovers.

“He finished his shots,” UHH head coach Jeff Law said. “His short jumpers went in and those are the ones you don’t know if it’s going to go in or not. He played a good floor game and pretty good defense.”

Kevin Bruce added 15 points aided by three 3-pointers while Brandon James added 14 points and Bryan Ngo had 12.

Stefan Mirabal led the Mustangs with 28 points with 7 of 11 shooting from 3-point range.
The Vulcans trailed 12-2 when Smith’s back-to-back baskets narrowed the margin. After Mirabal gave the Mustangs another 8-point lead, Bruce came off the bench and hit back-to-back treys to pull the Vulcans within a pair.

“That was huge for us,” Law said. “Bryan and Andrew (Gipson) weren’t having a lot of early success and neither was Lavell (Shipman).

“Then Kevin came in. What that does is spread the defense so it gave Justin, Brandon and Zach (Wilde) more room to do what they are able to do.”

Western New Mexico vs University of Hawaii at Hilo
11/25/09 7:30pm at Hilo,HI

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VISITORS: Western New Mexico 1-2,0-0
TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
12 Tony Riley, Jr...... *  3-11   0-4    2-2    0  2  2   4   8  3  0  0  2  30
24 Eli Crevelone....... *  4-11   3-9    1-2    2  6  8   3  12  2  2  0  1  29
32 Chuck Kempf......... *  3-7    3-6    4-4    2  4  6   3  13  3  2  0  1  30
33 Stefan Mirabal...... *  9-14   7-11   3-3    2  4  6   3  28  1  4  1  2  35
40 Justin Williams..... *  3-8    2-4    2-4    1  2  3   3  10  5  4  0  0  40
20 Jeron McIntosh......    0-1    0-0    5-8    1  0  1   1   5  0  1  0  0   7
22 Chad Carter.........    2-6    0-0    2-3    2  2  4   3   6  0  1  0  0  20
30 Lucio Luttrell......    0-2    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   1   0  0  1  0  0   9
TEAM................                         2  1  3
Totals..............   24-60  15-35  19-26  12 21 33  21  82 14 15  1  6 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 11-25 44.0%   2nd Half: 13-35 37.1%   Game: 40.0%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-14 28.6%   2nd Half: 11-21 52.4%   Game: 42.9%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half: 11-15 73.3%   2nd Half:  8-11 72.7%   Game: 73.1%    3

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HOME TEAM: University of Hawaii at Hilo 1-2,0-0
TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Gipson, Andrew...... *  1-4    0-0    4-7    0  3  3   4   6  7  2  0  2  31
12 Ngo, Bryan.......... *  3-9    0-4    6-6    0  1  1   3  12  3  4  0  1  21
21 Smith, Justin....... * 15-17   0-0    0-1    3  6  9   1  30  2  0  0  1  34
22 Shipman, Lavell..... *  3-5    1-1    0-0    2  3  5   3   7  3  2  1  1  27
32 Wilde, Zachary...... *  2-3    0-0    0-0    1  8  9   1   4  0  4  0  0  26
03 Bruce, Kevin........    4-11   3-5    4-4    0  3  3   1  15  3  1  0  0  31
14 Schicker, Steve.....    1-1    1-1    0-0    0  0  0   3   3  0  1  0  0   5
15 Sanekane, Vince.....    0-0    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
33 Lefebvre, Jimmy.....    0-0    0-0    0-2    0  0  0   2   0  0  0  0  0   3
40 James, Brandon......    5-8    1-1    3-3    1  2  3   3  14  0  0  0  0  21
TEAM................                            2  2             1
Totals..............   34-58   6-12  17-23   7 28 35  21  91 18 15  1  5 200

TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 20-29 69.0%   2nd Half: 14-29 48.3%   Game: 58.6%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-6  66.7%   2nd Half:  2-6  33.3%   Game: 50.0%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  5-6  83.3%   2nd Half: 12-17 70.6%   Game: 73.9%    2
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Officials: Mason Souza,victor McDaniel,Jose Irizarry
Technical fouls: Western New Mexico-None. University of Hawaii at Hilo-None.
Attendance: 525
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   Total
Western New Mexico............   37   45  -   82
University of Hawaii at Hilo..   49   42  -   91

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