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Hawaii holds off McNeese State 73-65

Nov 16, 2009 - 5:28 AM HONOLULU(AP) -- Dwain Williams scored 16 of his game-high 20 points in the first half to lift Hawaii to a 73-65 win over McNeese State on Sunday night in the Rainbow Classic.

Williams shot 7 of 16 from the field and made 4 of 12 3-pointers.

Hawaii (2-0) shot 46.8 percent (22 of 47) for the game and 73.3 percent (22 of 30) from the free-throw line. McNeese State (0-2) did not attempt a free throw.

The Rainbow Warriors led 37-30 at the break after shooting 54 percent in the first half. The Cowboys rallied to within 66-65 with 2:34 to play, but Hawaii's Roderick Flemings made back-to-back baskets to give his team a five-point lead with 1:24 left.

Flemings finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds. Jeremy Lay had 11 points and Petras Balocka added 10 for Hawaii.

Diego Kapelan led McNeese State with 14 points.