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Warriors outlast Pacific, 60-52

On a night when he joined the 1,000-point club, Vander Joaquim also hit the game-clinching 3-pointer to lead the Hawai’i basketball team to a 60-52 victory over Pacific at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Joaquim led the Warriors with 16 points and also grabbed nine rebounds. His 3-pointer with just over a minute remaining in the second half clinched an otherwise back-and-forth contest.

Hawai’i snapped a two-game losing streak to improve 10-7 overall and 4-2 in the Big West Conference. Pacific had its three-game winning streak ended and fell to 9-8 overall and 3-2 in the conference.


Freshman Ozren Pavlovic scored a career-high 13 points, and senior Hauns Brereton broke out of a shooting slump to score 11.

The first half went back and forth, with the lead changing nine times. The Warriors had a 30-29 advantage at intermission, with the senior Brereton scoring all 11 of his points off the bench in the first half, including 3-of-3 shooting from 3-point range. He also blocked a layup attempt by Pacific’s Colin Beatty just before the half ended to preserve the Hawai’i lead.

The game stayed close throughout the second half, with neither team leading by more than four points for the first 18 minutes.

Joaquim hit the 1,000-point with a jumper from inside the lane with 9:15 remaining in the second half. He is only the 15th player in the program’s history to record 1,000 points in a career.

Pacific trailed 51-49 and had a chance to tie it with 1:32 remaining, but Lorenzo McCloud missed two free throws. On Hawai’i’s ensuing possession, Joaquim drained a 3-pointer from the top of the key to give the Warriors a 54-49 advantage.

The Warriors then went 6 of 6 from the free-throw line in the final minute to secure the victory.

Hawai’i will continue its homestand on Saturday when it hosts UC Davis in another Big West contest.

More details, including video highlights and interviews, will be posted later.


  1. Well done to all the warriors. It was a great win!

    Congratulations Vander on your 1000 points.

    Ozi mum – You should I be very proud of Ozren

  2. Yes. Not pretty, though team was tough when it counted. Played good defense, Vander good job and career, Ozi, great FT shooting in crunch time.

    Agree, A-Mum, great win, a WIN is a WIN. Have to go get a hot Cal Davis team on Saturday.

  3. AND…..A GREAT SHOUT OUT TO UH STUDENTS! you all came out, and helped UH BB team win, Maniacs and student athletes from the other sports, great job. Told you guys so, a game at the SSC is a great enviroment!. Come out again, hopefully 6000+ on Saturday.

    Good job UH team, have to keep turnovers below 15, funny UHA, Hawaii had 23! turnovers and won? Well, Pacific, shot woeful from 3, and could not hit crunch time FT’s.

    Ozi, O-Mum, great job, good shooter, we wait for Manroop to get strong with ball, Roop will be back, the student fans, all of us at SSC like ALL the guys!!

  4. Ozi played well for his first time getting heavy minutes. His free throw shooting from the point guard spot is a breath of fresh air.

    The game wasn’t pretty, but the team closed it out. Pacific’s defense had a lot to do with Hawaii having trouble on offense. I hope the team gets better when go on the road to Stockton. Anyhow, it was a good win for conference positioning.

  5. Pacific WILL BE T

  6. GOOD Win!
    Welcome Back, Hauns!
    Congratulations, Vander!
    TOUGH Being Double & Triple Teamed All the Time
    AND STILL Got to 1,000!
    Second-Best Three-Point Shooter on Team…
    Even his English is so much Smoother!
    Finish Off a Great Season, Vander
    …and Have a Great PRO Career!

    Pacific Will Be Tougher @ Home — Don’t Count on them shooting 11% or even less than 30% threes;
    SO WILL Need to play significantly better (i think against ALL Teams) On Road …

    GOOD UGLY Win, Again…Team is Good Enough to Win @ Home

    Tonight probably Beat Pacific at their own game — disrupting the rhythm of their team with both the good full-court pressure and the inside blocks/disruption of lay-ups…the rhythm disruption “might have” even contributed to poor rhythm shooting the threes (but once again don’t go counting on it)

    SEE A LOT of Very Good things with Ozi — Yay Ozi-Mum! — he clearly understands passing angles, keeping the ball away from opponents; AND can also see the emergence of his all-around offensive game… From Here, like Jawato, Improvement ‘could be’ fast … hope so … we need that great talent “Realized”

    Keep Improving Team
    Win Saturday,

    Then Win on the Road…
    Several, Many Times!

  7. Yes! Another win! We will take it! Shout out to Ozi Mom, proud mom moment tonight-Ozi did great! Congrats to Vander with career 1000+ points! I loved seeing Davis pound the ground and be the big man swatting those shots away! Hauns got his groove again! Kudos to the team for playing hard the entire game!

    Shout out to Jamie Smith and the student section! Great to see all the coordination of green and white shirts coming together. Looking forward to Saturday, the students will be learning new chants and will hopefully exceed capacity of the student section! Theme for Saturday is student painted faces! Great energy tonight in Stan Sheriff!

  8. Seeing Isaac, Brandon J and now Ozi have breakout games is so encouraging. These young men have long careers ahead of them as Rainbow Warriors and I’m excited about watching them grow and achieve together. Manroop and Michael will have their moments too as they continue to work and improve. This class of freshmen has a bright future!

  9. Eagle, yeas I forgot Hauns – congratulations Hauns – you inspired all the performances and the energy from early on in the game.

  10. Talk about grinding out a win! Great to see Hauns back in the groove, and enjoying himself on the court again. Never lost faith in the guy. His personal 8-0 run was superb, but even more impressive was when he lost the ball but chased the Pacific player down the floor and came up with a major blocked shot. That was a senior leading by example.

  11. Clyde,

    Haha, I never thought he had a chance to do much once he got picked. Just a great effort from all the guys.

    the refs were horrible tonight. But they did let the teams play physical.

    Good win guys.

  12. Woohoo! Hauns is back!
    Congratulations, Vander! U da bomb!

  13. Now that was a tough, grind out win. I thought Hauns gave the team the offensive lift they needed. Congrats to Vander. Oz’s free throw shooting is a relief. It’s a good thing Pacific was terrible on the 3- point shooting. Hawaii still needs to cut down on turnovers.
    Go Warriors!

  14. The Students love their fellow Student Athletes on the Team and they Love them Back

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