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March 2, 2002

Hawaii Basketball: 2002 WAC Co-Champions

The Hawaii men's basketball team defeated Fresno State on the road Saturday night to gain a share of the Western Athletic Conference title and the top seed in next week's WAC tournament.

With their leader on the bench, the Hawaii team stepped up their game to defeat the Bulldogs, 82-79.  Predrag Savovic didn't suit up due to an back injury suffered in the Bows loss to Nevada on Thursday night.  But not to worry, Mike McIntyre and Carl English filled in quite nicely.

McIntyre had 27 points and English added 33, 27 of which came in the first half.

With the game tied at 44 at the half, both teams traded the lead back and forth and kept it close all the way.

The Bows took an 8 point lead into the last two minutes of the game, only to see Fresno State come back. Mike McIntyre hit a three to seal the victory for the Bows and silence the sell out crowd.

Melvin Ely, who missed the first match up between the Bows and Bulldogs because he was serving a suspension, led Fresno with 25 points.

Hawaii wins, 82-79, and improves to 24-5 overall and 15-3 in conference play.

The win earns Hawaii a share of the WAC title with Tulsa. Since Hawaii beat Tulsa in the regular season, they will take the top seed into the WAC tourney.

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