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Warriors drop road rematch at Pacific

The good news is the Hawaii basketball team made 100 percent of its free throws. The bad news is the Warriors struggled to make baskets from other areas of the court.

As a result, Pacific won the rematch with Hawaii, 64-54, in a game played before a crowd of 1,836 at the Alex G. Spanos Center in Stockton, Calif.

The Warriors dropped to 2-4, with three of those losses coming on the road. Pacific improved to 4-3, and avenged a five-point loss at Hawaii just two weeks ago.

Hawaii shot a season-low 35.1 percent from the field, including just 2 of 16 (12.5 percent) from 3-point range. The Warriors still managed to stay close to the Tigers for most of the game, but could never sustain a consistent offensive surge in the second half.

Joston Thomas led the Warriors with 11 points and nine rebounds. Vander Joaquim, who did not start for the first time this season, contributed 10 points and six rebounds. Zane Johnson and Bobby Miles added nine points each.

Hawaii went 12 of 12 from the free-throw line, and out-rebounded Pacific, 38-35.

Two weeks ago, the Warriors defeated Pacific, 75-70, at the Stan Sheriff Center. Johnson scored 21 points in that game, but was limited by the Pacific defense this time. He went 2 of 10 from the field, including 1 of 7 from 3-point range.

Hawaii came out cold from the start and never warmed up. The Warriors shot just 36 percent from the field (9 of 25) in the first half, and trailed 29-25 at intermission.

The Tigers increased their lead to 36-27 early in the second half, but Hawaii rallied to get within two at 48-46 on a short jumper by Joston Thomas with 8:40 remaining.

Pacific responded with a 10-0 run to take control for good with a 58-46 lead. The Warriors never got closer than eight points after that.

Only eight players scored for Hawaii. Others were Hauns Brereton (six points, five rebounds), Shaquille Stokes (four points, four assists), Garrett Jefferson (three points in six minutes), and Trevor Wiseman (two points and seven rebounds).

Khalil Kelly, a 6-foot-8 sophomore, led Pacific with 15 points and 13 rebounds. He shot 7 of 7 from the field, as the Tigers shot 40.7 percent (24 of 59) as a team. Kelly had just four points and four rebounds in the first meeting at Hawaii.

The Warriors are scheduled to return to Honolulu on Wednesday. Hawaii’s next game will be a home contest against UC Davis on Sunday, December 11.


  1. we just flat out suck..gib can’t do anymore with these players..one positive is we get miah back..better luck next year

  2. Missed last game but heard this one on the radio can’t say much about that. Hope the teams shooting gets better. Seems as though team is still trying to find some chemestry? Still early enough to turn it around. Hope the long stand in the Ilands will help. Keep working Warriors.

  3. i’m glad the players — like football — don’t give up as easily as ‘The Fans’ …

    The New Players (and it seems some of the returnees as well) still need to learn what it takes to Win @ D-1 Level … There’s a Big Difference between playing a supporting role and The Lead Role as Zane & Vander continue to discover…

    Need to Keep Improving … Hit and Turn The Proverbial Corner …
    And Win on The Road … Then in Conference …

    As Coach says we wanna be playin’ our Best Ball in February/March — The End of The Season …

    i Would Not “Give Up On” This Team or even (Under-Estimate) Utah State either, The Previous Team that Pacific Beat …

  4. OMG! 12 of 12 from the free-throw line, out rebound the opponent and lose. Ouch. I guess this team still has the work in progress sign up. But, I still think this team can do it. Go Warriors!

  5. I still have faith in Gib and the team. But we Definetley need to step up all phases of the game. Poor 3 pt shooting again and turnovers really hurt us. Let’s go warriors!

  6. Unacceptable Warriors, come on ,get in gear, box out, set picks, run a motion offense of some kind, we don’t have the horses, so it is time to alter the game plan and change things around. UC Davis coming in to play this sunday, will this team be ready, we need to be. Come on Gib and Team, get into gear. We need some W’s!!!!!!!! So will can fill the Stanley like the Women’s Volleyball team!!!!
    Kinda embarassing ,as the money maker is supposed to be the BB team .

    Let’s go Warriors!!!! Aren’t you sick and tired of losing?!!!!!!!!!!

  7. jjay is so on target! Caught the game last night as so many others did on the mainland, it was a sad showing. Why are we swatting under the basket when by now
    the” rock” should be put back up. Hello DI! Turnovers are killing us and there was no back end defense at all. Warriors have the talent but It looks
    like coaches and players just haven’t figured out how and where the strengths and weaknesses are during the game. In all the games seen there is no Boxing out.
    Come on warriors pull it together! This season is not lost!
    Go Warriors!

  8. Do they ever practice running a offense? that was the worst display of half court offense I have ever seen. No one knows how to set screens and we just stand there dribbling the ball. Terrible!

  9. Gib Arnold has no idea what to do X’s and O’s wise. all he does know is to scream at the officials and stomp around. Maybe UH should just go back to Bob Nash, at least that was entertaining.

  10. This Year … And in the Future …

    Will Need to be able to handle Half-Court Game on Offense and Defense …

    There will always be smartly coached teams along the NCAA Championship path …
    It Equalizes or Negates Talent Advantages …

    So Bobby Miles needed to take more leadership because it will take Shaq some time to learn/adjust to the disciplined game & teams …

    Where’s Miah ? How’s the Ribs ?

  11. we just don’t have enough fire power for this year and next year to be contenders..gib likes defense but we play none and the defensive players we have, have no offensive game..even though stokes is playing like most freshman if we didn’t have him i think we be 0-7 right now that’s including the HPU game..honestly think we will have a losing season

  12. I agree with jjay lets see some movement and open up this offense. If as some on this site say there is no D lets win some shootouts. It seemsthe offense is running sets that stagnate ball movement. and end up with forced shots on the inside with Vander or desperation shots by Zane or Stokes. Looks like the Warriors have enough athletic ability to be more fluid.

  13. nope..athletic ability we lack

  14. 2-4 is not the start that most people expected, especially with Bill Amis being the only really key player not back from last year.. Similar to the football team, the cagers haven’t covered too many (maybe none) of the point spreads this year. Is Gib a great recruiter but not a very good coach? Can UH build some momentum with the upcoming homestand? How much of a difference will Miah make with his cracked ribs? December looks to be a make or break month for this year’s team..

  15. the coach is a decent recruiter at bigger schools and so so at lower schools

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