Warriors win Rainbow Classic
Vander Joaquim scored 20 points and grabbed 10 rebounds in his first start of the season, Brandon Spearman added 15 points and Christian Standhardinger contributed 14 points and 11 rebounds late Monday night/early Tuesday morning as the Hawai’i men’s basketball team ran past Houston Baptist, 73-60, to win the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Rainbow Classic.
A witching hour crowd of about 2,500 at Stan Sheriff Center watched the Warriors improve to 3-0 heading into Friday’s home game against Illinois. Houston Baptist fell to 2-1. Monday’s game, which began at 11:05 p.m., was part of ESPN’s annual College Tip-Off Marathon.
Joaquim, a 6-10 center, played 19 minutes in each of UH’s first two games after recovering from a torn medial collateral ligament in his right knee on Sept. 29 and logged 26 minutes against Houston Baptist. He scored 16 points and grabbed seven rebounds by halftime as the Warriors jumped out to a comfortable 38-23 lead. Spearman had 10 points in the first half.
Hawai’i stretched the lead to 55-35 seven minutes into the second half and 70-48 with 4:10 remaining, and the Huskies never got closer than 71-60 with 36 seconds left.
Hauns Brereton added 11 points and six rebounds and Jace Tavita had eight assists for the Warriors.
Joaquim was named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player and was joined by Standhardinger, Spearman and Brereton on the All-Tournament Team.
More details, including video highlights and interviews, will be posted later.