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Warriors hold off HPU for exhibition win

The Hawai’i basketball team held off a late rally from Hawai’i Pacific in a 75-67 exhibition game victory at the Stan Sheriff Center on Friday night.

The Warriors led by as many as 14 points, but allowed the NCAA Division II Sea Warriors to get as close as four in the closing minutes.

Christian Standhardinger led the Warriors with 20 points and 15 rebounds. Hauns Brereton added 15 points and five rebounds before fouling out with 3:11 remaining. Also scoring in double-figures for the Warriors were Brandon Spearman with 11 and Isaac Fotu and Brandon Jawato with 10 each.

The Warriors led by as many as 14 points in the first half, but HPU made it interesting with an 8-0 run just before halftime. HPU’s Michael Pierce hit a 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer to cut the Hawai’i lead to 36-32 at intermission.

The Warriors opened the second half with a 11-2 surge to push the lead back up to 47-34, but HPU again made it interesting late in the game. Two free throws by Kevin Attila allowed HPU to get as close as 66-62 with 1:50 remaining.

After two free throws by Manroop Clair put Hawai’i up 68-62, HPU’s Marko Cukic scored on a layup to make it 68-64 with 1:13 left.

After two more free throws by Hawai’i, Fotu came up with a blocked shot on the ensuing HPU possession to secure the game.

Hawai’i will open its regular season on November 9 with a home game against Maryland-Eastern Shore. It will be the first of three games in four nights to open the season for the Warriors during the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic.

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

(Photo courtesy Charles Simmons)

17 Comments

  1. Mahalo Dayton,

    wow , real time, and bam…there is your report on game! Great job as always!!

  2. Mahalo Dayton for the super-fast recap of the just-finished game! Terrific that one can keep up with UHMBB – even from near Kyoto, Japan. Will return in time for Game 1 on Nov. 9th. GO BOWS!

  3. i see big troubles coming our way

  4. Whoa, Dayton’s fast (as usual). I posted some other stats on the previous item. Correction: Stanhardinger played 34 minutes. Forgot to mention, UH outrebounded HPU 48-25. So, pretty much as anticipated, the strength of the team is in the frontcourt. Need to improve perimeter game. Didn’t see it, so don’t know how much pressure HPU put on the guards, but 14 turnovers isn’t too bad.

  5. I followed on live stats….agree Clyde, I was surprised they only had 14 turnovers with no true PG except for Jace..again they have to work on FT’s they hit 70 per cent, they win by maybe 16 or 18 points? I wonder why, everytime, play by play, jumper HPU, jumper UH…I think HPU was zoning them up?

    Hey , I am glad, with so many new guys and guys who were not full time starters last year they scratched out a win..Christian had a moster game..imagine if Vander was health? Two guys with 20 pts 12 rebounds…they win by 20 maybe.

    another thought..HPU…is probably(they almost won on the road at Santa Clara a DI school!!)a very, very good D2 school…props to them!!

  6. it’s pretty bad that standhardinger is our second best player and i just heard rob demello say it was an anticipated close game….any close game with a d2 isn’t good news

  7. hawaiifan09

    Yes, I can see your concern, however this is just first Exhibition game for first time guys who suited up for UH, for an NCAA game(D1 or D2)Christian, Jawato, Clair, Dressler, Fotu, Spearman, Jace, Ozren…only Hauns, Garrett, Davis, had at least a year of NCAA DI game experience under their belt..I give them a pass on this one..still way early,,

    Let us see how Gib develops these guys, with , hopefully a healthy Vander by December and into BWC season..it will take time, however, this is where coaching and guys buying in get it together..I see that UH got off to hot start, and held off several charges by HPU , boy HPU can jack 3′s and hit…that is what kept them in these two exhibition games with 2 NCAA DI teams..maybe HPU is a good D2 team..?

    Give Gib and the guys a chance, I wouldn’t write them off yet..hey, we haven’t seen Dyrbe, or Michael Harper yet( if they don’t RS)…STILL early in SEASON!

  8. hawaii fan: sorry..correction..

    only Hauns, Garrett, Davis, had at least a year of NCAA DI game experience, as UH MBB players.. under their belt..I give them a pass on this one..still way early,,

  9. I thought the team did a decent job for their first outing. We’re going to have to work on finishing in the paint, free throw shooting, and getting better spacing on our offensive sets, but key players stepped up as expected. I think when Vander returns, we will be a much different team.

  10. DK, good objective comments.I liked that starting 5 with Jace, Spearman, Brereton, Standhardinger and Fotu.
    When Vander comes back in several weeks, maybe , if he is 100% the starters might be Jace, Spearman,

    Brereton, Stanhardinger and Vander with Fotu first off the bench, and Jefferson, Clair, and Davis…a top 9..with Ozi, when he gets up to DI speed..actually still early..they will get it together..they get up and down court very quickly,

    there half court offense with Vander would be awesome..down low, with Van, Christian and Fotu, would be tough on BWC teams, with perimeter guys hitting open jumpers and slash to rim..

  11. well rainbow classic is another joke but it can turn bad…..every team deserves a pass but “its HPU”…”santa clara”???….COME ON!!! barely a d1 school….they don’t even have a football team

  12. Uhfanzonly,

    I agree about the starting five. All five did well tonight for the most part. One thing that I noticed is that the team gets into the paint really well. They do it off penetration and slips. Hopefully, they can make some adjustments in the following week to get the offense following better. Also, the freshmen had some nice exposure under the lights and at game-speed. I think they’ll only get better, including our other new faces: Standhardinger and Spearman. It should be interesting to see Dayton’s highlights when it gets posted.

  13. just seen the stat line and ozren, caleb and clair got very minimal minutes….so waste and might as well redshirt…jawato got more minutes than starting spearman???…i do believe gib is still a horrible sub-in/out type coach…you can’t just yank a player after one mistake…last year hauns couldn’t get in the groove cause gib would yank him too fast and forget he still was on the roster…davis tallest player with no points???…59% free throws???…16% 3pts???…we look D2!!!!

  14. exhibition game…………..…?????????????????

    Pavlovic, Ozren 2 min…………….???????????
    Dressler, Caleb 2 min…………….??????????
    Clair, Manroop 5 min…………….?????
    Rozitis, Davis 10 min…………….?????

    Total 200 min……11 players……… averege per player………18,2 min…….???????????????

  15. I agree that the playing time was rather weak. For the time that manhood came in in the first half he had a great assist, and never even took a shot! Defensively I thought he did as well as everyone else did! I missed when oz came in. All of our players had a couple minutes of whoa I’m playing basketball when they first came in!

  16. Not a Hawaii fan 09 still and always complaining….1st Exhibition Game buddy slow down with all your useless opinions…at least give the team a month…sheesh!

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