Hawaii beats MSU 68-57 in 1st game since fight

By Jeff Shepard – bio | email

HONOLULU (AP) - Zane Johnson had 19 points and eight rebounds to lead Hawaii over short-handed Mississippi State 68-57 in the fifth-place game of the Diamond Head Classic on Saturday, the first game for the Bulldogs since they suspended two players for fighting in the stands.

The Rainbow Warriors (9-3) controlled the inside and the game with Bulldogs' top big men Renardo Sidney and Elgin Bailey suspended indefinitely.

Sidney and Elgin were involved in a fistfight after the Bulldogs' game Thursday night. The altercation, captured by cameras, lasted for several minutes before being broken up by teammates and coaches.

With Bailey and Sidney out, Kodi Augustus and Wendell Lewis were the tallest players for the Bulldogs at 6-foot-8. Augustus had 18 points and 11 rebounds to lead Mississippi State (8-5), which shot 27 from the field and was outrebounded 41-36 by the small, finesse team.

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