January 31st, 2011
What can anyone say about Saturday 's game against Utah State that could capture in words the drama of what is clearly the best home basketball game in three years.
Yes, we lost in double overtime. Yes, we had a chance to win in regulation and in the first overtime, but took ill-advised last possession shots. Yes, this is not the best Utah State team I have seen recently. They are not athletic and will fall to many teams outside the conference.
But, this is a Utah State team that has steamrolled over every team in the WAC, except one. UH. It is a team that is ranked just outside the top 20 and has the best player in the WAC. And frankly, they were outplayed by UH here and almost beaten by UH in Logan.
It was a classic college basketball game. Both teams played well and matched basket for basket until the end. And if not for a questionable intentional foul call on the Bows to start the second overtime, which led to 4 Aggie points before Hawaii's first offensive possession, the final outcome may well have been different.
Zane Johnson, who sat out much of the3 first half after taking an elbow to his forehead, was unbelievable. How many times did he make a critical outside shot with an Aggie hand in his face? And what you can say about the performance of Miah? We may have seen the changing of the guard ( no pun intended) as he played almost the entire second half and both overtimes while Hiram sat on the bench. Miah brought such excitement to the floor with his aggressive defense and coast to coast slashes to the basket, and what a chicken skin moment for the ages it would have been if his last second shot to win the game had gone in.
But now its time for reality to sink back in. With La Tech's two wins over the weekend and San Jose's win over a collapsing Fresno State team, Hawaii is only one game out of last and now has to go on the road to Idaho and Boise, both of whom crushed UH at home. But that was several weeks ago, and the BOWS appear to have righted themselves and are playing the best basketball of the season. They will need at least one win this week.
It wont be easy, but dont bet against it