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Photo gallery: 2011 Diamond Head Classic

It was a classic week for the Hawaii basketball team last week, as the Warriors upset a nationally-ranked team for the first time in more than six years, and then beat a team from from the Atlantic Coast Conference for the first time in program history.

Hawaii may have finished in fifth place in the 2011 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic, but victories over then-No. 14 Xavier and the ACC’s Clemson made it a memorable tournament for the Warriors.

What’s more, Hawaii’s only loss came on a last-second play by Auburn on the opening night of the tournament.

The Warriors used a rotation of 10 players during the tournament, and all 10 made key contributions at various phases. Most notable, senior guard Zane Johnson scored 59 points in the three games, including a 27-point outburst in Hawaii’s historic victory over Clemson in the fifth-place game. He was named to the all-tournament team and also received the WAC Player of the Week Award.

Kansas State won the Diamond Head Classic, and as a result, entered the ESPN/USA Today Coaches Top 25 Poll this week at No. 25.

Xavier went 1-2 in the Diamond Head Classic and dropped out of the top 25 rankings.

The 2012 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic will feature the following eight teams: Arizona, Hawaii, Indiana State, Miami (Fla.), Mississippi, San Diego State, San Francisco and Texas Tech.

WarriorInsider.com photographer Brandon Flores was at courtside for all three of Hawaii’s games in the 2011 Diamond Head Classic. Here is a collection of some of his photos (click on each photo to view an enlarged version):


  1. Thanks for the Pics. They are Awesome! Go Warriors!

  2. Classic shots!

  3. Psyched that the team appears to be gelling right on the verge of starting conference play. If they can continue to play well against South Carolina State and UNLV and keep the momentum going, their WAC colleagues better hold on to their hats!

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