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Warriors sink UC Riverside, 76-61


Brandon Jawato came off the bench to drain seven straight 3-pointers in the first half tonight, finishing with 21 points, and Christian Standhardinger added 17 points and five rebounds as Hawai’i raced past visiting UC Riverside, 76-61, in Big West Conference men’s basketball action.

A crowd of about 5,200 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched the Warriors improve to 9-5 overall and 3-0 in the Big West, tied for first place with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo entering their first conference road trip next week. UC Riverside fell to 4-11, 1-2.

Vander Joaquim finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds, Isaac Fotu added 10 points and Jace Tavita contributed seven assists for UH.

Jawato, a 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman from El Segundo, Calif., entered the game averaging just 5.7 points per outing but exceeded that mark less than midway through the first half. His first 3-pointer broke an 8-8 tie and his second one started the Warriors on a 14-0 run capped by Fotu’s layup that put Hawai’i up, 25-10 with 6:36 before intermission.

Jawato’s seventh 3-pointer, which came with 49 seconds remaining before the break, gave the Warriors a 40-19 lead. The Highlanders could not get closer than 13 points in the second half.

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


  1. Good win. Jawato keep shooting. Bigs good job, twelve played. Now go get at least one, if not two on road , very important. Defend, Rebound, shoot well, take care ball. You guys can go get wins.And thanks to we hard core 4500 or so fans at SSC.

  2. What a great day with another great win! Must be because it is my son’s birthday that the team chalked up another win! Shout out to the team – thank you for being such great men and role models!

    Glad Aussie Mum and Dad could see Micheal come in the game one more time before they fly home. I enjoyed meeting you both (and Uncle) in person! Fly safely back!

  3. Wow Jawato was a treat tonight. Imagine, if He, Hauns and Roop are all on one game, UH will be able to beat anyone.
    Also really happy that Oz got some playing time and contributed, the guy will play a big role in the future, I can feel it.

  4. am so happy that the coaches are a bit relaxed because it really achieve with their work

    needs a lot of courage to give youth a chance
    have a vision and develop a team not just individual stars

    I admire the strength coach Gib after a lost game that encourages players

    bright future in front of guys because coaches really understand the importance of team play and develop their connection

    COACHES really love you as much as boys

  5. Brandon Jawato. Whoa wea he come from?

  6. jjay,

    if somehow, UH can sweep or go split with a loss that is very close, come back 4-1 and in first place or tied with Cal Poly, UH students , maniacs will be coming on down. Goal for this year, get 100-150, next 250-300, by third year UH really doing good, 500-1000 students cheering, that is big time college atmosphere.

    Key: UH play well and split or sweep road swing this week. I think they have a shot, have to take care ball, shoot well, defend and rebound. Now, they have 12 guys that Gib will use without hesitation.

  7. Yes, the student, young fans, maybe 100 of us, appreciate Ozren, very skilled and Harper’s team attitude. When they are in game, we go wild. Nice to see coach put them in. Help win ball games, To a.mum and o.mum, sons will are contributing very well.

  8. Way to go jawato! Knew he’d have a break out game sooner than later! Like how even in the interview he’s humble and all about the team. Also, loved the non-attitude by Vander tonight! There were some times when he could have whined, but he raised his hand and took the call. He was just playing the game and letting coach whine. Awesome!

  9. Nice win. Jawato……talk about being in the zone. Good job, guys.
    Go Warriors!

  10. hono808 – Good Noticing — Vander seems to be maturing nicely …
    He also doenʻt seem to hesitate to pass the ball out (fast) when a “shooter” is open (like Jawato Last Night)

    SO For the Three Conference Games (The Second Season) BJawato is AVERAGING 14.7 points,
    while scoring in double figures all three games…and helping the Team Win All Three
    Similar would help A Lot on the road trip…
    (and Looking for Hauns to make a similar impact recurrence, still averaging almost 8 ppg)

    Ozi & Aussie Mums – That Could be Ozi or Michael a few games later this year OR NEXT —
    BJ had the benefit of (apparently) a very good redshirt year…

    iʻm starting to like (good use of) redshirts even better —

    Next Test would be how smoothly Caleb Dressler (“Our All-Conference Center of The Future”) or Aaron Valdes transition in Next Year, with a good understanding of all the systems (offense, defense, the coaches) and a chance to physically improve and sync up their games to the system (so play faster and with more confidence)…
    must be a good feeling to work hard, set a tough screen or pick, make your break to the basket and the ball suddenly is right there for you…

    Coach had proclaimed Victory that he thinks UHMBB has advanced to “Program” (vs Team) Level …. that they ʻcould affordʻ to choose to redshirt a player like Brandon Jawato, and offer him Four Productive Years including what now looks like an “All-Conference Senior Season” (instead of a 2-5 minutes a game strugglinʻ true freshman season or similar)…

    Although it was at least partly mandatory in their cases, it looks like they made good use of their redshirts: Christian and Jace (who was leading conference in assists); Shamburger will probably fit in and run the machine as smoothly as leading scorer and #2 rebounder Christian…

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