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Warriors deny Clemson, 75-68

Zane Johnson scored a season-high 27 points — including six 3-pointers — and Vander Joaquim added 14 points and 10 rebounds today as Hawai’i denied Clemson, 75-68, to take fifth place in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Warriors improved to 7-5, while the Tigers fell to 7-6.

Hawai’i trailed, 34-31, at halftime but scored to first nine points of the second half to take the lead for good.

The Warriors led by as much as 12 at 67-55 after Hauns Brereton’s three-point play with 1:22 remaining, but Clemson cut it to 69-64 on K.J. McDaniels’ putback with 35.1 seconds remaining.

Freshman point guard Shaquille Stokes then sank two free throws 13 seconds later and Johnson sealed the victory with four straight free throws in the final 10.7 seconds.

Brereton added 10 points and four rebounds and Miah Ostrowski contributed with two points, eight assists and three rebounds.

Andre Young led the Tigers with 14 points, Devin Booker added 13 points and Tanner Smith contributed with 12 points.

More details, including video highlights and interviews, will be posted later.

(Photo courtesy Brandon Flores)


  1. great to see Zane hit some 3s. We looked really good today as we constantly battled them in the 2nd half. Brerton played well and we should have some momentum now.

  2. Great to see Hauns contribute the past two games. that’s what we need from him 10-15 points a game and we win the wac, Keep it up Hauns.

  3. Awesome game. Keep it up bows!

    Thank you WI for keeping us updated and for all the interviews and highlights. I must say though it is awesome when Hawaii wins, the comments are very positive. The haters disappear when things are going good. I guess that is expected.

    GO BOWS!

  4. The ‘Bows have played As Well As they’ve needed to for Six Straight Games — Stepping Up as High as they’ve Needed — The ONLY (obvious) Exception was allowing Auburn to take back the lead in the Final Seconds — and it seems they still learned from that …

    The Next Step is to Play More Consistently Good — Defense Keeps Improving; Offense as Gib Projects will Start to Become a Strength …

    So then, the Next level is to Play Well irrespective of How Good the Competition is — i think we started to see some of that against Clemson today …
    Keep Climbing, Bows !

    WAC — Watch Out !
    Here Come The Renewed, Rejuvenated, New & Improved ‘Bows !

    Smartest and Most Consistent Joston yet…

    Hauns Activated and Just Starting Out — Even Better Yet to Come (NO DOUBT!)

    Trevor extending his Range — “Those Threes / Looks Did Not go Un-Noticed — he would not be looking at that shot without the coaches’ Green Light and His Own Confidence — Turn On the Offense Trevor — Nice Slam to Start O.T.!

    Seeing Flashes of that from Garrett as well …

    Fully Expect Miah’s Threes to Start Raining IN soon …
    As Well as Continued Shaq Improvement …

    THIS IS One of The Fastest Improving Teams i’ve seen in Hawai’i … But with a Difference — Consistently Good Defense, Rebounding and Free-Throw Shooting (Arriving)…. The Offense is starting to Look Smoother and The Fast Breaks Faster !

  5. Great job Warriors! Everything is good when the results are w’s. Keep it up guys. 🙂

  6. how was that stuff of 32’s dunk? he was pretty non-existent after that. and then that alley oop from stokes to jefferson came out of nowhere. all of a sudden i see him flying past me for the two handed slam.
    glad we took the lead and held it for once. even with that shaky period of the inbounds. gotta practice that. but they got to have a merry christmas as well as did we.
    have a great christmas and holidays WI and its readers!

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