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Warriors open season with 76-64 win

Christian Standhardinger poured in a game-high 27 points and grabbed seven rebounds and Hauns Brereton scored 20 of his 24 points in the first half tonight as the University of Hawai’i men’s basketball team opened its 2012-13 season with a 76-64 victory over Maryland-Eastern Shore.

A Stan Sheriff Center crowd of 5,674 watched Brereton, a 6-foot-6 senior small forward, open the night with three straight 3-pointers and score the team’s first 11 points as the Warriors led from tipoff to final horn. True freshman Isaac Fotu, a 6-foot-8 forward from Auckland, New Zealand, made his official UH debut (along with Standhardinger) by grabbing a game-high 15 rebounds.

Hawai’i led, 68-51, after Standhardinger’s putback with 3:25 remaining, but the Shore Hawks later closed it to 68-60 after Ishaq Pitt’s putback with 1:35 left. Standhardinger, a 6-8 junior who redshirted last season after transferring from Nebraska, then made three of four free throws and sealed the victory with a three-point play to put the Warriors ahead, 74-61, with 43.7 seconds remaining.

13 Comments

  1. Well Done Warriors!!!!

  2. Good win on opening night. The team played together for the most part. They got in the paint often and passed the ball well. (at least when the game was on the line).

  3. It wasn’t pretty, especially at the end, but a win is a win. seems like Christian and Hauns have a compeition to see who will be the scoring leader.

  4. What an exciting way to open the season! Great to see the awesome team work of this new team! Shout out to Aussie Mom….Micheal came in for the last 16 seconds!!!!

  5. Valerie – we were very excited over here!!!!

  6. Great Aussie Mum,

    Michael got into the game, so he is officially on the active roster for 2012-13…he will help the team , either in practice, or when his shooting skills and effort are called on…same with Dyrbe Enos…Michael and Dyrbe, two very, very valuable warriors will help team to a successful season!!

    Hope Michael gives you a call!

    Very happy to see him get into game!!

  7. Great opening win. Overall I think Gib was pleased with the effort. Gotta expect high turnovers given all the new faces on the team. But I think we will be ok when the team starts to gel.

    Hauns has taken over the spot left by Zane Johnson and now has the green light to put it up anywhere on the court. He needs the freedom to run his set plays or create his shot when the team needs to score. For the bigs to be effective we need consistent outside shooting. I think we got it in Hauns.

    Christian is another guy that’s going above expectations. Half of his points were attributed to shear hustle, being at the right place, and the will to score.

    Isaac’s first game as a collegian is huge—he is already establishing himself as chairman of the boards and, with more bulk could really be an enforcer in the paint.

    Jace is a pleasant surprise—but need a few points out of him (To keep the opposing teams honest) and work on his free throws.

    The stage is set for Vander to have an All American year if he can stay healthy.

    Brandon Spearman is Mr. all around. A complete basketball player.

    There was a big difference in the level of play from HPU to Maryland Eastern Shore. Will be interesting to see if the growth curve continues. With this young group it should. If so, we got potential baby!

  8. Nothing like a W to start off the new season. 🙂

  9. Maryland Eastern Shore isn’t great, but UH played well. Jace was slick with his passing. Would be nice for him to score, but UH can score, so I don’t necessarily think he has to score much. To keep teams honest, but not necessary for him to shoot a lot. The team is not like last year’s anemic and inconsistent shooting. Fotu was like his hair, BIG! Christian was all hustle. I don’t think any play was run for him, but ended up w/ over 20 points. Ala Shawn Marion. Hauns was great and looked confident and comfortable. I wish Manroop got to play. Just got a few seconds at the end of the game. I like Garret Anderson defensively, but I don’t like him playing PG. he missed several open looks and he doesn’t have the awareness and “natural” feel for the position. I’d rather see Manroop there.

    Last thing, can we please get more people in the stands. It wa really tame tonight, and please student section, … get crazy!!! Nice work all around UH bball! Mansu mansu!

  10. im scared for this team….when we play a quality team it’ll be a different story….checking long beach’s schedule and they’ll be tested hard with top ten teams before they even play us so i can see them running over us

  11. All Things in their time ….This Team Needs/Is Smart to build up to Better Levels of Competition while experiencing success;
    Even “Great” Teams like the UH Fab Five needed to learn to play together before taking on (a few) “Name” Teams…

    Good Win…So Much Room for Improvement…
    But Still so many Highlights and Good Performances Already…
    Just Barely getting started…

    Counting Our Blessings….Day One, Game One…
    We may (for now) just be a Mid-Major
    But UMES will be on the road and NOT Have a Home Game for 62 Days…
    it will be 2013 before their First Home Game –Designated Road Fodder For Hire….
    But the Weather Here certainly Beats Battling Hurricane Superstorm Sandy Last Week…
    Thanks UMES, APB & HB for making it to The Rainbow “Classic-Lite”

    I’m pretty sure this UH Team will be better prepared for, and
    will schedule more formidable competition next year…
    (for those concerned about Strength of Schedule…)

  12. hawaiifan09,

    We will have to get the next two games, then we’ll see how the team stacks up with Illinois and #18 UNLV.

    UNLV, btw, struggled to beat a DII team, Dixie State, in their exhibition. Dixie State is in the same conference as HPU, Chaminade, etc. so apparently, early-season execution isn’t always crisp even for ranked teams.

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