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Warriors aiming for more consistency

Battered but not broken, the Hawai’i basketball team returned from Las Vegas on Sunday and got back to work on Monday.

“There was a lot to learn, both good and bad,” Hawai’i head coach Gib Arnold said of the 77-63 loss at nationally-ranked UNLV last Saturday. “We came out obviously really slow and they jumped out on us. Their athleticism kind of overwhelmed us to start the game, but I thought our toughness pulled through at the end.”

The Warriors are 4-2, with both losses to Top 25 teams. In the latest polls released on Monday, Illinois is ranked No. 13 in the Associated Press poll and No. 14 in the USA Today Coaches Poll; UNLV is No. 21 in the AP and No. 18 in the Coaches Poll.

“If you take the first half of the Illinois game and the second half of the UNLV game, that’s a pretty darn good team for 40 minutes,” Arnold said. “And that’s within us. That’s the potential that this team has.”

The Warriors had their worst shooting game of the season at UNLV. They shot 33.9 percent from the field, including just 5.6 percent (1 of 18) from 3-point range. At Monday’s workout, Arnold made each player make 100 3-pointers and 100 free throws.

“We spent the last hour just shooting, and I think that will help us to get in a rhythm for the week,” he said.

The Warriors will try to get back to its winning ways this Saturday, when they host Pepperdine at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Waves are 4-3, and will play a home game against UC Riverside on Wednesday before heading to Hawaii.

“Pepperdine’s had a really good season,” Arnold said. “They beat Washington State, they beat Irvine, which is picked ahead of us in the Big West … they got some good athletes, a little bit undersized, but they really get up and down.”

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$1 tickets available for Diamond Head Classic

The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic is offering fans that purchase a ticket to the Dec. 8 University of Hawai’i-Pepperdine men’s basketball game at the Stan Sheriff Center Ticket Office, the opportunity to purchase a ticket to either session one or session three of the 2012 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic for only one dollar.

This offer is valid only at the Stan Sheriff Center box office. The Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic ticket must be purchased at the same time as the Hawai’i-Pepperdine ticket. The box office is open weekdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Session one of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic tips off at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 22nd with Ole Miss versus Indiana State, followed by San Diego State versus San Francisco.

Session three of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic tips off Sunday, December 23 and will feature the two losing teams from session one playing at 10:00 a.m., followed by the winners from session one playing for the right to advance to the championship game.


  1. Aloha Gib and the team: got off to slow start in the first half against UNLV, turnovers, nervousness, big time crowd for new guys, did not shoot well form outside..very happy, that your team actually won the second half..team did not give up..Garrett Jefferson sure gave you a boost , and Christian always works hard from opening tip to final buzzer.

    From here on out, I guess all the teams will have those quick guards, and wings, and Bigs that can step out and hit threes, yes you are on the right track, keep the guys focused, so much more basketball to play, and you guys are 4-2 with a possibility of entering 2013 with a pretty good record.

    Shout to whole team Hauns, Jace and Vander have to lead.. and Gib, don’t be afraid to use Ozi, give him time in practice and game, once his shot and steady rebounding and D gets into a groove he will help, also, use of Garrett with more time, and taking care of the ball, he creates on ball defense, great quickness, and gets to the rim, you want your PG to a least score maybe 6 or 7 pts a game with 5 or 6 assists..and shoot FT’s at 70% or better..

    The true fans of UH MBB here and globally, can see team are fighters, just fine tune, get experience,maybe thing of using Aaron V?

    Go Warriors, UH fans still cheering you on!!

  2. you know what. The players should be practicing their shots after the 2 hour practice on their own. Gym rats don’t need to be told what to do on their own time. If their shots ain’t dropping it’s automatic…

  3. Agree … Not Hitting Wide Open Shots? (Winning Teams Do, Hawai’i probably Will…)
    With or Without Coaches’ orders, Go for 300 Makes or 60-80% Uncontested, etc…

    And Rotate on D, Deny Ball, Help Out…
    And Run to Meet the Pass/Ball (instead of lr

  4. (instead of letting other

  5. instead of letting other team beat you to ball)…

    [Another New Key Board…Operator?]…

    {Please Delete/Combine…thanks)

  6. Ok guys, practice, practice, practice.

  7. hopefully gotten all the jitters out.
    a win over Pepperdine is a must!

    taking DHC would made up for the pains of the losts.
    if more for the rest of the year would be the staffs’ fault!

    Mahalo for the effort to improve.

    Mele Kalikimaka!

  8. This is a chance to get better. There’s so much downtime in between these games lately.

    Tonight’s Scoreboard:
    #13 Illinois improves to 9-0 against Western Carolina 72-64
    #21 UNLV down at the half @ Portland 22-28

  9. No. 13 Illinois, a game that Hawaii MBB team should have won, if they could close game out.

    No. 21 UNLV..a team that was blowing them off the court in first half, Gib and staff did their thing during halftime talk, Team comes out and basically wins the second half scoring wise, if they put together 40 min of that second half intensity..yes, you got it..Hawaii would be 2-0 against top 25 ranked teams, and probably be just outside if not a top 25 team themselves.

    So, we fans here,at this site, and realistic ones locally and globally, know that UH MBB team has a way to go to correct weaknesses, and continue to work on strengths..one thing I appreciate of this team, and I truly believe Gib and staff and team , feel same way, these young guys are TEAM first players..1-12 on active roster and the 4 on RS…from starting 5 and bench to scout team, these guys are not going to quit, I just love the effort…moster motor and energy by Christian S. to help team..he kept his promise, win or lose, he would always give 100%..team has to take care of ball, shoot well from field and FT line, and close out games..

    Still think Gib will tinker with first 8 or 9 guys..hey going in, from summer, we all thought strength of team was Bigs, which it still is, and Isaac will get his offense and speed of game going by BWC play, and Davis will play key roles backing up..or starting..

    However, Maybe Gib might experiment getting the guys to shoot with confidence again, whomever they be , any one 1 -12 who will shoot well and D up!

    Go Warriors!!

  10. Latest, being down at half at Portland, UNLV comes back in second half and beats Portland at their home court on the road, so UNLV keeps on winning..

    One thing of interest, these so called mid to low majors, they are giving the Majors, and High Mid Majors, a run for their, money either they are beating these top 25 type teams, or coming very close, even though they have losing records…I say , Just my opinion after watching NCAA BB for decades. PARITY…whether Chaminade taking down

    Texas(that Virginia game was and is one for the ages..), and these BWC teams beating UCLA at UCLA, etc..it is unreal season..the best part..UH MBB team OUR Hawaii Hoops team, has a shot at BWC tourney title and a chance to dance, hey guys, if Gib and team reading this post..keep getting better, get good seeding.. and hope you all are playing fantastic, peaking come March 2013!!

    Go Rainbow Warriors!!

  11. Additional Scores:

    @Arizona (6-0) 63 Southern Miss (6-2) 55
    (IF UH gets past Miami, likely face #8 Ranked Arizona (6-0) in Dia.Hd Classic 2nd Round);
    Arizona held on to win despite season high 27 turnovers.

    @ Pacific (4-4) 78 Nevada 72 (4-4) (OT)
    (Beat MWest Powerhouse Nevada despite 25 points from LYʻs All-WAC Deonte Burton)

    @ PEPPERDINE vs UC-Riverside (+10-1/2)
    (Pepperdine favored by 10-1/2)

    @#19 Michigan St vs Arkansas Pine Bluff (+31)

    @ UC-Davis vs San Jose St.(+2-1/2)


    NEXT Up for UH: Saturday VS Pepperdine

    SO MANY Still to kick in & Step Up
    Like Garrett Jefferson, looking for more break-out games (Hauns, Ozi, Manroop et.al.)
    SO MUCH Room for Improvement…

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