Jawato earns first Big West honor for Warriors
Freshman guard Brandon Jawato became the first player from the Hawai’i men’s basketball program to earn the Big West Conference Player of the Week award.
Jawato was announced as the recipient on Monday morning, following his jaw-dropping shooting performance last week. Most notable, he went 7-for-7 from 3-point range in the Warriors’ 76-61 victory over UC Riverside on Saturday.
Hawai’i is in its first season as a member of the Big West Conference, and Jawato is the first Warrrior to be recognized as player of the week this season.
The Warriors departed Honolulu on Monday afternoon for their first Big West road trip of the season. They will play at UC Irvine on Wednesday, and at Long Beach State on Saturday.
Here is the official release from the UH Media Relations / Big West Conference:
IRVINE, Calif – Spurred by a record-breaking performance, freshman Brandon Jawato earned Big West Men’s Basketball Player of the Week honors on Monday. Jawato is the first Rainbow Warrior to earn the weekly honor since UH’s arrival in the conference this season.
The native of El Segundo, Calif., played a vital role in keeping Hawai`i undefeated in conference play. Jawato tied a Big West and UH record for three-pointers without a miss as he nailed all seven of his attempts in a 76-61 win against UC Riverside Saturday. He hit all seven treys in the first half alone, matching the entire output of the Highlander squad as UH built a 40-21 lead at the break. Jawato drained a trio of consecutive three-pointers to key a 14-0 run midway through the first half that broke the game open. The seven three-pointers also set at single-game UH freshman record.
The 6-4 guard delivered his record-setting performance in the game’s first 20 minutes as cramps forced him to sit out the majority of the second half. Only two other players in Big West history went 7-for-7 in a game on three-point tries – UC Riverside’s Rickey Porter (vs. Pacific on Ja.7, 2006) and UC Irvine’s Dylan Rigdon (vs. Cal State Fullerton on Feb. 24, 1990).
Jawato also played a key role in UH’s dramatic comeback win against Cal State Fullerton Thursday. He notched 11 points in 21 minutes, hitting a pair of clutch three-pointers down the stretch as the Rainbow Warriors fought back from an 11-point halftime deficit in the final five minutes. Jawato scored seven of his 11 points during the rally to help UH pull of a 90-88 win.
For the week, Jawato averaged 16.0 points while shooting 71.4 (10 of 14) percent from the field and 90.0 (9 of 10) percent from beyond the arc. He has now hit nine consecutive threes in the last two games and has hit a league-best 12-of-15 (.800) in three Big West contests.