Obamas watch OSU hoops in Hawaii

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US President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters Malia (L) and Sasha (2nd L) watch the Oregon State University vs University of Akron college basketball game at the Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii, on December 22, 2013. Michelle Obama's bother, Craig Robinson, is the coach of Oregon State. The first family is in Hawaii for their annual winter holiday vacation. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

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Posted on December 23, 2013 at 7:46 AM

Updated Monday, Dec 23 at 8:50 AM

HONOLULU (AP) - President Barack Obama and the vacationing first family momentarily skipped the beach in Hawaii on Sunday to take in a college basketball game.

Obama, first lady Michelle Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia attended the Oregon State-Akron game Sunday at the Diamond Head Classic tournament in Honolulu.

Oregon State is coached by Michelle Obama's brother, Craig Robinson. The Obamas sat just behind the Oregon State bench, with the president sitting in between his wife and friend Bobby Titcomb.

The Obamas drew a standing ovation and loud cheers as they walked in to the small arena at the University of Hawaii. Fans took pictures while press photographers and videographers crowded an entrance to take pictures. Throughout the game, some fans ignored the action on the floor and watched the president instead.

Obama high-fived fans as he walked off the floor at halftime and the end of the game.

Obama is a noted basketball fan and recreational player. Oregon State was 4-0 with Obama in attendance until Sunday. Akron raced to a 10-0 lead and beat the Beavers 83-71.

The arena beefed up security because of the president, screening players and cheerleaders and their belongings with metal detectors in the hours before the tournament tipped off.

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