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Warriors hold off North Dakota, 71-66

Brandon Spearman scored 19 points and Isaac Fotu added 17 points and eight rebounds tonight as the University of Hawai’i men’s basketball team held off North Dakota, 71-66, in non-conference action at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Christian Standhardinger added 11 points and Vander Joaquim finished with 10 points as the Warriors improved to 4-1. They will have a 10-day break before traveling to No. 18-ranked UNLV on Dec.1. North Dakota fell to 1-3.

UH started hot and led by as much as 29-7 with 7:04 remaining in the first half, but North Dakota scratched its way back in the second half and eventually closed it to 66-63 on Aaron Anderson’s 3-pointer with 2:52 left in the game. But Hauns Brereton answered by swishing a 3-pointer at the 2:09 mark to push the lead to 69-63.

North Dakota again cut it to one possession after Josh Schuler’s three-point play with 1:06 showing on the clock, and had a chance to tie it after a Warrior miss. UND guard Jamal Webb then stepped on the baseline with 15.5 ticks remaining, but Hawai’i was whistled for a lane violation soon afterward as Spearman attempted the front end of a 1-and-1, giving North Dakota another chance to tie it.

Anderson then airballed a 25-foot fadaway with seven seconds left, and Spearman knocked down both ends of the next 1-and-1 to seal the victory with 5.3 seconds remaining.

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


  1. 5 points.. Really?!? Cmon guys.. Let’s play all 40 minutes with intensity.. Illinois should have been a wake up call.. Hopefully, this game is..

    Could’ve Easily Lost TWO Games where they had Controlling Leads
    Need to Learn to Work & Live In Prosperity
    And Put Teams Away …

    ?Positive? One Second Away from Hawaii 5-0…
    and Playing From Ahead…
    Esp. when Subs Get Up to Speed…

    IF Illinois Beats Butler (Big IF) Then they’re Probably in the Top 20…

  3. That was a VERY disappointing second half.
    They played not to lose yet again. Hope they stop that.
    Hauns another bad shooting night, hope he breaks that slump ASAP.

    Spearman is the MVP yet again.

  4. It’s easy to look at the players and blame them, but what’s up with Gib subbing in all available players in the first half?
    That looked like a 30-point lead with 5 minutes left to go rotation.
    It trickles down to the players if he shows he’s comfortable, and that’s what happened. Starters lost their focus and intensity thinking it was a blowout.

  5. Also Gib’s gotta learn to call some time outs when momentum is swinging for the other team….

  6. The team was very lackadaisical in the second half. A lot of things to shore up in the upcoming week and a half before UNLV. At least we pulled this one out.

  7. OMG we almost gave another one away. Seems like everyone is playing hard but, for some reason in the 2nd half the focus wanders off and the opponent picks up the pace. Brandon Spearman………another awesome game. Someone next to me asked what’s with the free-wheeling substition with so much time left in the game?1? Come on guys, gotta show the new fans we have a team to reckon with.

  8. A WIN is a Win…

    Better than None; Not Nearly as good as Two…

    We Won’t Know the Value of Any Lessons Learned…
    Until we recognize the players, the Team, doing something different…
    Winning One or Two that maybe they wouldn’t have, in a time when maybe it matters more…

    Enjoy Every Win
    they can be so hard to come by (ask the team who came in second);
    Take and Use the Lessons
    To Earn Another….
    and Another

  9. just WIN Baby!

    but yeah, I think they were running out of legs in the 2nd half. A let down knowing they could win handily but it wasn’t so

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