Warrior Insider

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Seniors want to finish with upset win

On “Senior Night,” the Hawaii basketball team would like to add one more memorable moment.

An upset victory over New Mexico State would be that.

The Warriors will host the Aggies in the regular-season home finale. It is scheduled to start at 7:05 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center.

It will be the last chance for fans to see the resurgent Warriors this season, and to honor the team’s three seniors – point guard Hiram Thompson, forward Bill Amis, and center Douglas Kurtz.

“Looking forward to getting out there one last time and play hard and get a win,” Amis said. “It’s going to be a tough game. It’s a good match-up for us to get us ready. We need to get wins against the better teams in the conference so we know we can beat them.”

Hawaii, which has won seven of its last nine games, is 16-10 overall. After starting the Western Athletic Conference season 0-5, the Warriors are now in sixth place at 6-7.

New Mexico State is 14-14 overall and in second place in the WAC at 8-5. The Aggies beat the Warriors, 82-64, on Jan. 13 in Las Cruces, N.M.

New Mexico State has a contender for WAC Player of the Year in forward Troy Gillenwater. The 6-foot-8 junior is averaging 19.9 points and 6.8 rebounds per game. He had 13 points and 10 rebounds in just 18 minutes in the victory over Hawaii last month.

In what will be one of the intriguing storylines of the game, Gillenwater will likely be matched up with Amis. The 6-9 Hawaii captain is averaging 14.9 points and 7.2 rebounds per game.

Another match-up to watch could be at point guard, between New Mexico State’s Hernst Laroche and Hawaii’s Miah Ostrowski. Laroche is averaging 11.6 points per game and leads the WAC with 4.9 assists per game.

Ostrowski has provided the spark during the Warriors’ recent run of success. He is averaging 9.5 points and 5.5 assists per game over the last six games.

Hawaii’s leading scorer is Zane Johnson, who is averaging 15.0 points per game and leads the WAC with 3.1 3-pointers per game. He scored 25 in the loss at New Mexico State last month.


  1. To win the last home game tonight and on senior night………that would be awesome. Hawaii is on a roll so let’s go get ‘um, man. They can do it. Go Warriors!

  2. So far so good. We need to finish these guys off in the last 7+ minutes. let’s go bows!

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