Dec 31, 2002
HONOLULU (AP) - Michael Kuebler had 29 points, including 25 in the second half, to rally Hawaii from a 21-point deficit and defeat Butler 81-78 in overtime to defend its Rainbow Classic title on Monday night.
Kuebler also had six free throws in overtime to secure the win for the Rainbow Warriors (7-1), which gave the Bulldogs (10-1) its first loss of the season.
Carl English, named the tournament's most valuable player, overcame a slow start and finished with 21 points, including 17 in the second half.
Butler took a 21-point lead twice in the first half and appeared to have the game put away, leading 64-49 with 4:02 left. But Hawaii went on a 19-4 run, with English getting nine points and Kuebler eight, tieing it 66-66 on Kuebler's free throws, sending the game into overtime.
Bruce Horan came off the bench and took control of the game early, hitting five straight 3-pointers during a 21-2 run, giving Butler a 35-14 lead. During the run that lasted 6:46, Hawaii managed just one basket.
The Rainbow Warriors answered with a 12-2 run to close out the half and pull to 37-26. Haim Shimonovich had 14 points and 10 rebounds for Hawaii.