Warriors overwhelmed by Hurricanes in Diamond Head opener
A second-half surge by Miami (FL) was too much for the Hawai’i basketball team to overcome on the opening night of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.
The Hurricanes shot better than 60 percent from the field in the second half en route to a 73-58 victory over the Warriors.
A crowd of 8,120 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched the Warriors fall to 5-4. The Hurricanes improved to 8-1 with their seventh consecutive victory.
The game was actually close in the first half, but Miami out-scored Hawai’i, 51-37, in the second half.
Redshirt freshman Brandon Jawato scored a career-high 12 points on 4-of-8 shooting from 3-point range to lead the Warriors. He was the only Warrior to score in double figures. Vander Joaquim added nine points and seven rebounds, and Davis Rozitis scored eight on 4-of-4 shooting.
The Warriors trailed by as many as seven points in the first half, but the Miami lead was only 22-21 at halftime. Neither team shot well in the first half — Hawai’i went 8 for 28 (28.6 percent) from the field, while Miami went 10- for 29 (34.5 percent).
The Hurricanes opened the second half with a 12-3 surge to increase the lead to 36-24. with 16 minutes left in the second half.
The closest Hawai’i got after that was seven points. Durand Scott hit three 3-pointers in a two-minute stretch to give the Hurricanes a 53-37 advantage. The Hurricanes later increased the lead to as many as 25 points.
Scott finished with 20 points to lead the Hurricanes.
Hawai’i will play a consolation game against East Tennessee State at 4 p.m. on Sunday.
More details, including video highlights and interviews, will be posted later.