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Warriors wipeout in second half of loss at Pepperdine

The Hawaii basketball team could not recover from a second half wipeout in a 73-67 road loss at Pepperdine on Saturday, December 3.

The game was played before a sparse crowd of around 1,200 – including several hundred Hawaii fans – at Firestone Fieldhouse in Malibu, Calif.

The Warriors dropped to 2-3 with their second road loss of this season. The Waves improved to 4-3.

The Warriors started the second half in a 31-31 tie, but ended the game with four starters on the bench – three fouled out and one was ejected.

Freshman point guard Shaquille Stokes led Hawaii with 18 points, including four 3-pointers. Junior forward Joston Thomas added 15 points on 6-of-8 shooting, and junior wing Hauns Brereton had his best game of the season with 14 points on 5-of-8 shooting.

But it wasn’t enough on a night when starting center Vander Joaquim was ejected with 5:05 remaining, and starters Thomas, Zane Johnson and Trevor Wiseman fouled out.

Joaquim, who finished with four points and nine rebounds, was called for a foul with 5:05 remaining and then pushed a Pepperdine player. Joaquim was assessed two technical fouls, resulting in his ejection.

Prior to the foul calls, Hawaii trailed 57-51. Pepperdine’s Corbin Moore then made five of the six ensuing free throws to increase the Waves’ lead to 63-51.

The closest Hawaii got after that was four points at 65-61 with 1:55 remaining.

The Warriors shot 45.8 percent from the field, but got called for 27 fouls. Pepperdine shot 38.5 percent from the field, and was called for 20 fouls. As a result, the Warriors went 16 of 19 from the free throw line, while the Waves went 27 for 35.

Johnson, who entered the game averaging more than 17 points per game, finished with just nine points on 2-of-8 shooting, including 1 of 5 from 3-point range.

The Warriors will remain in the state of California for a few more days. The next game will be at Pacific on Tuesday, December 6, at Stockton, Calif.


  1. JAQUEER SUCKS! THANKS FOR THE LOSS! good game zane. little less airballs next time. come on man your better than tht. where were those 18 pts. Just get em next time.

  2. wow!! isn’t pepperdine a volleyball school? gib you better activate jawato and get lev and fotu playing when they get here instead of redshirting. a loss to pacific and i will be questioning you..i thought 8-1 going into the diamond head classic and if we don’t change by WAC we’ll get killed and say goodbye to recruits…last season under-rated..this season over-rated

  3. Of Course Dis-Appointing .. Winnable Game …

    Even with All the Things Done Wrong … still within shot with defense, minimize “dumb” fouls, controlling temper, etc.

    Nothing is a Complete Loss If:

    – Joston learns to Control his mouth — whatever he said to the Ref to get the Technical Foul — cut that shit out …

    – Vander gets better control of his temper and starts switching to options (like, pass ?) instead of traveling or forcing shots;

    – IF this is the beginning of Zane getting more help, like:

  4. continued …

    – IF this is the beginning of Zane getting more help, like:
    – Shaq hitting his shots (6-13) /threes (4-10) more consistently; or
    – Hauns hitting his shots 5-8, 2-5 on 3’s for 14 points

    Otherwise Joston 6-8, 15 pts in 25 minutes still is on the right track back…

    Get The Harder Half of The Pacific Sweep;
    (and Get Pepperdine Back in Honolulu Next Year)

    This is Still a Young Team … as long as they keep improving ….

    [ — Nothing to kill performance or under-appreciate Wins like counting them before you even play — coaches always do that in private or secret — coulda learned that one from the football team …]

    [Several “Experts” cautioned against expecting too much too fast from a young team (In D-1 years) —

  5. Good game guys, you just need to keep your emotions in check.

    Stokes, way to put the points up!

    Brereton, you looked awkward in the 1st half, but you found your groove in the 2nd. It started to remind me why we called you Iceman in high school!

  6. some good things regardless of the loss.

    joachim will learn to control his angst and tone down the testosterone.
    stokes is starting to hit his mark with more consistency.
    joston is playing ball these days with the team.
    hauns may have broken the ice.

  7. Go ‘Bows …Keep Steppin’ Up …

    D, Shooting, Smarts (including managing the frustration/temper or was some of that transferring from coach? (like getting ejected, etc. ? LOL for now) …

    Keep ‘earning’ more free-throws and makin’ ’em (good job last game >80%)

    Beating Pacific a Second Time would be a Great Start to the Next Phase of the season thru the DH Classic … esp. since Pacific’s Bob Thomason passed Tark the Shark for All-Time Winningest Big West Coach and knocked off perennial WAC Champ Utah State since the last time we beat ’em…

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