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Hawaii makes No. 4 Spartans' visit to the Islands painful

Hawaii's Bobby Nash celebrates a three-point basket late in the second half of an upset victory Saturday over Michigan State in Honolulu.
Hawaii's Bobby Nash celebrates a three-point basket late in the second half of an upset victory Saturday over Michigan State in Honolulu.
Michael Conroy, Associated Press

HONOLULU — Hawaii made a short side trip a long day for No. 4 Michigan State.

Matt Lojeski and Julian Sensley each scored 20 points for the Rainbow Warriors in an 84-62 victory that ended the Spartans' streak of season-opening wins at 28.

"I'm at a loss for words," Sensley said. "In the world of basketball anybody can be beaten on any night."

Michigan State, the first member of the preseason Top Ten to lose this season, was hampered by poor shooting and leg cramps. The Spartans stopped off on Oahu on the way to Maui Invitational that starts Monday and will see them play three games in as many days.

"The good news is it only gets tougher," Michigan State coach Tom Izzo said.

It was the biggest home win for the Rainbow Warriors (1-0) since they beat No. 2 Kansas in the finals of the 1997 Rainbow Classic. And the crowd of 8,802 got louder as the lead got larger.

Lojeski, a junior college transfer playing in his first Division I game, was 6-for-8 from 3-point range and his last one capped a 14-2 run that gave Hawaii a 70-52 lead with 6:03 left.

Maurice Ager had 16 points for the Spartans, coming off their fourth Final Four appearance in seven years. But he was one of four Michigan State players affected by leg cramps.

Paul Davis, who had 12 points and 11 rebounds, left the game for a second and final time with cramps with 13:27 to play. Ager, Shannon Brown and Drew Neitzel all had to leave the game at some point because of the cramps. Brown had to be removed on a stretcher with 6:36 left because of the intense pain.

The win was the 300th at Hawaii for coach Riley Wallace and it improved the Rainbow Warriors to 2-0 all-time against Michigan State.

"I'll remember this one," Wallace said. "I don't remember 100 or 200 but I'll remember this one, beating a quality ranked team."

The Spartans dropped to 10-6 all-time in the state of Hawaii and they have the three in Maui next week.

UC IRVINE 79, No. 13 STANFORD 63: At Stanford, Calif., Ross Schraeder scored 19 points and UC Irvine used an impressive shooting performance and hustle to shock No. 13 Stanford. Shamar Armstrong scored six straight points in the final 3:19, and the Anteaters took advantage of a significant height advantage to pound the ball inside at every opportunity against a Stanford squad missing starting forward Matt Haryasz after he sprained his ankle in practice Friday.

Darren Fells added 18 points, nine rebounds, five assists and two blocks for UC Irvine (2-1), which beat Stanford for the first time in six meetings between the schools.

Dan Grunfeld scored 18 of his 29 points in the first half, making an impressive season debut after his breakout junior season was shortened because of a knee injury.

No. 1 DUKE 84, DAVIDSON 55: At Durham, N.C., J.J. Redick started a rally late in the first half and finished with 29 points, leading top-ranked Duke over Davidson. Redick shot 10-for-18, including 4-for-6 from 3-point range as the Blue Devils (3-0) took a break from the NIT Season Tip-Off and beat Davidson in its season opener. It's the 19th straight victory for Duke in the series, and the 28th in 29 outings in Cameron Indoor Stadium. Davidson's only victory in Durham came in coach Mike Krzyzewski's second season.

Shelden Williams missed a triple-double by one blocked shot. He finished with 20 points on 8-for-13 shooting, 10 rebounds and nine blocks.

Lee Melchionni scored 16 points for Duke, which shot 55.6 percent from the field.

Ian Johnson scored 13 of his 19 points in the second half for Davidson.

No. 6 OKLAHOMA 68, SAMFORD 41: At Norman, Okla.,— Kevin Bookout scored 13 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Michael Neal added 15 points on five 3-pointers to help No. 6 Oklahoma beat Samford. Oklahoma opened the second half with a 22-5 run and led 49-22 after Nate Carter's reverse layup with 9:59 to play.

Taj Gray, whose only basket of the first half was a dunk that gave the Sooners a 27-17 halftime lead, scored Oklahoma's first six points of the second half and Carter — who left the game briefly in the first half with an injury — also scored six points in the run. He finished with 10 points.

J. Robert Merritt had 15 points to lead Samford and Randall Gulina added 12.

No. 7 LOUISVILLE 78, TENNESSEE-MARTIN 61: At Louisville, Ky., Juan Palacios had 16 points and 11 rebounds to lead No. 7 Louisville past Tennessee-Martin in the season opener for both teams. Taquan Dean had a poor shooting day but still finished with 18 points, nine rebounds and five assists for Louisville, which — except for an exhibition game Sunday — will be off until Dec. 3. The win was the 450th at the college level for Louisville coach Rick Pitino, who's also coached at Boston University, Providence and Kentucky.