Hawaii rallies, stuns Idaho 72-70 in WAC quarters

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by Associated Press

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Posted on March 8, 2012 at 4:53 PM

LAS VEGAS -- Hauns Brereton hit a 15-foot jumper from the baseline with 3.2 seconds left, and Hawaii rallied from seven points down in the final 6 minutes to beat Idaho 72-70 in the Western Athletic Conference quarterfinals Thursday.

The sixth-seeded Rainbow Warriors (16-15) trailed 64-57 with 6:15 left but then outscored the Vandals 15-6 the close out the victory. Hawaii won despite playing without second-leading scorer Zane Johnson and a week after losing by 19 at home to the Vandals.

Hawaii will face Fresno State or New Mexico State in the semifinals Friday night.

Vander Joaquim led Hawaii with 20 points, and Brereton finished with 17.

Kyle Barone led Idaho (18-13) with 19 points but had just five in the second half.

Hawaii's Shaquille Stokes was stripped as he drove the lane, but the ball bounced to Brereton, who rattled in the game-winner.

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