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)