By Brian McInnis
There's no way to describe Hawaii's 59-44 home loss to Idaho last night as anything but ugly, but perhaps some new blood can help the Rainbow Warriors get past their recent frustrations in the Western Athletic Conference.
UH (9-6, 0-3 WAC) will look to pick up its first league victory tomorrow night against Boise State (10-5, 3-0).
Utah transfer Jace Tavita practiced for the first time with his new team. He sat on the bench last night and watched the debacle vs. the Vandals, but on first impressions from today's practice, looks like a solid defender who could help the Rainbows get better. The only thing is, he will have to do it as a practice player for two full semesters because of NCAA transfer rules.
"Jace, you look good in that green and black. A lot better than that red," UH coach Gib Arnold told Tavita during a drill in today's practice.
Tavita, a junior, will sit out games the rest of this spring. He will be eligible to play in the spring of 2011-12.
In five games for the Utes this season, he averaged 1.2 points and 3.4 rebounds in 16 minutes per game. He was voted a team captain at the start of the season, but requested his release once playing time became scarce.
The team didn't seem overly down about suffering its second straight blowout loss of league play, but there did seem to be a sense of urgency today.
More on the must-win nature of tomorrow's game against the Broncos — who are coming off a quadruple-overtime win at San Jose State — in tomorrow's newspaper.