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.