Hawai’i routs East Tennessee State on second day of Diamond Head
The Hawai’i basketball team got back on the nice list with a resounding 84-61 victory over East Tennessee State on the second day of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on Sunday evening at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Warriors controlled the game from start to finish, and will play for fifth place in the eight-team tournament on Christmas Day. Hawai’i will face Mississippi for fifth place at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday.
Vander Joaquim scored 23 points to lead five Warriors in double-figure scoring. Christian Standhardinger added 18 points and 12 rebounds, Manroop Clair scored a season-high 15, Isaac Fotu contributed 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Brandon Spearman scored 10.
The Warriors shot 50.7 percent from the field, including 43.5 percent (10 for 23) from 3-point range.
The Warriors went with a new-look starting lineup that included three freshmen: Clair, Fotu and Brandon Jawato. Clair and Jawato were making their first starts of the season.
Clair went 4 for 8 from 3-point range, and also passed for five assists. Jawato contributed four points, four rebounds, four steals and three assists.
Hawai’i dominated virtually all phases of the game and had a 34-22 lead at intermission. The Warriors out-rebounded ETSU 49-26, and limited the Buccaneers to a .343 field goal percentage.
More details, including video highlights and interviews, will be posted later.