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Pacific beats Warriors in battle for second


STOCKTON, Calif. – Pacific got its revenge, and seized control of second place in the Big West Conference with an 80-71 victory over the Hawai’i basketball team on Saturday evening at the Alex G. Spanos Center.

A month ago in Honolulu, the Tigers went 3 for 27 from 3-point range and the Warriors beat Pacific, 60-52. This time, the Tigers went an efficient 5 for 8 from beyond the arc, and also went 27 for 33 from the free-throw line to frustrate the Warriors.

Hawai’i, which dropped both games on this current road trip, fell to 15-11 overall and 9-6 in the Big West. Pacific improved to 15-10 and 9-4.

Christian Standhardinger led the Warriors with 20 points and nine rebounds. Isaac Fotu added 12 points on 4-of-6 shooting, and Vander Joaquim scored 10.

The crucial stretch came early in the second half, when the Tigers turned a five-point deficit into a 10-point lead with a 15-0 run.

The first half was close throughout, and the score was tied four times. The Warriors eventually took a 36-33 lead at intermission, with Standhardinger scoring 14 in the first half.

There was a scary moment late in the first half when junior guard Brandon Spearman fell awkwardly while trying to block a shot, and screamed in pain while clutching his lower left leg. He was removed from the court on a cart, but walked out of the locker room with the aid of crutches in the second half to sit on the bench with his teammates.

Brereton hit a jumper to open the second half and increase the Hawai’i lead to 38-33, but the Tigers responded with a stunning 17-0 run to take a 48-38 lead with 12:52 remaining.

The closest the Warriors got after that was seven, 61-54, with 5:47 remaining. UOP went 13 for 14 from the free-throw line in the game’s final five minutes to hold off the Warriors.

The Warriors are scheduled to return to Honolulu on Sunday and their next game will be at home – February 23 against Northern Arizona in the BracketBusters game.

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


  1. THROW Away THIS Road Trip —
    ONLY One Good Half out of Four…

    GOT To get Mentally & Physically TOUGHER in The Next TWO (or Three) WEEKS…
    That Is, IMPROVE AGAIN as much as they did going into the Five Game Winning Streak…

    Rest Up & RE-Charge
    Get Healthy
    Heal Up Brandon S.!
    Seems UH “Should” be able to handle N. Arizona (@ Home) w/o B.Spear…
    SO that would provide almost two weeks to strengthen up the ankle…
    NOTE: Young Guys “ARENʻT Freshmen” anymore … Expect MORE …
    Youʻre pretty much sophomores already…

    GO ʻBows !
    ITʻs Crunch/BONUS Time !

  2. That was a better effort tonight. However, it’s tough to fall behind by 8-10 points against a good team, because they’ll match every big shot we make.

    The team now has a full week to rest and prep for Northern Arizona (who just defeated North Dakota).Only CSUN and Hawaii have byes next Thursday in the Big West.

  3. Just a few observations…Hawaii played its heart out, and could not get any calls from the refs. Seems like any time Hawaii was on the offensive, the refs “let ’em play”…then on the other end of the court, a small tap here or minor push there resulted in a foul. What a load of crap! Also noticed that Pacific got away with one too many calls. A few un-‘fixed’ calls and a couple less free throws could have translated into a Hawai’i win.

    All good though, as Pacific will start their 4 game road trip (which I don’t see them pulling out more than 1 or 2) and Hawai’i makes their end of season road stand…we’ll see who comes out on top. GO BOWS!

  4. Tough. Not a good road trip. Need to regroup and get momentum back.

  5. If you want to win the conference title you have to learn to win on the road, and we are still very inconsistant ,hopefully Northern Arizona is not taken lightly and we just go out and destroy this team, bracket busters sucks. Warriors need to look at themselves and take responsibility for this loss,it’s all on you guys. Unacceptable outcome. This trip was a total failure.

  6. Strange how UH MBB team could lose momentum so fast, from a 5-0 flourish with 3 road wins in a row, to a blowout against UC Davis and a hard fought, yet come up short, game against Pacific.

    Now, it is really up to Gib and staff. Gather up the upperclassmen again. Critical, to making BWC tourney, though I think if they win one more conference game they are in. UH has 3 more BWC games, 2 at home and a closer road trip against Northridge. When you think about it, NOW is the time to get on a streak, get 3 Wins in a row at home, against N. Arizona, Cal Poly and Santa Barbara, then get Northridge on the road to close season before going to Anaheim for the Big Tourney championship run and possible NCAA’s.

    Really don’t know what else Gib can do, he is trying his best, the team, the athletes have to perform, I hope they will, Seems, like UH has gone back to that, losing to 3 ball, quick efficient , smaller teams again. Have to play Big, however, maybe BWC officials are not letting them play WAC type of BB? Finesse game, UH is not a finesse athletic team, neither a true banger team, somewhere in the middle.

    Well, Seniors , Hauns, Vander, and Jace, possibly only 5(including opening round of BWC tourney game)remaining in your NCAA college careers, go out with much success. Just ball!

    Pained, just to watch Brandon Spearman go down, hope he is alright and can continue his college career., great hustler, fearless player! Get well Brandon S.!!

  7. Looked at current BWC standings as of tonite Sat
    Feb 16 2013.

    Riverside(ineligible) 2-11
    Northridge 2-11

    UH 9-6

    So, even if UH lost their last 3 BWC games ( we all hope not!!), they are in the top eight for BWC tourney, they made it. Good thing, UH had that 5-0 winning streak, it was very, very important! Still a potential 6 more games(with BWC games) to play and still possiblity of going to NCAA tourney, or finish with at least 18 or 19 wins and go to CIT (Riley Wallace Tourney)..Being the optimists we all are, UH has a chance to still dance!!

    Just have to play better at the end, peak during March Madness week!!

  8. Big West refs suck.

    clear ref job. they neutralized vander better than any big west player this year.

  9. Congrats to the Wahine BB, who earned their share of
    the BWC First Place.
    >> Miraculous overtime ending,
    >> Fast pace, non-stopping all game long,
    >> First-rate defense as never before,
    >> Precision performance by Kuehu,
    >> Excellent coaching by Beeman & Staffs.
    They tamed the Tigers!

  10. In one year Coach Beeman is showing why she’s a terrific coach and her recruiting efforts. And next year will be even better. Great job Wahine. Men’s team is like night and day. Only way to make it to the dance is to win the tournament. This team is not consistent. They give up a lot of points on the road and they have scoring droughts at the most critical times. Time for changes again coach?

  11. Beeman is showing to be a great game strategist, support the women’s team too,we need to fill up the lower bowl for WBB, they are in 1st place!



    Pretty sure intention of Dayton Morinaga and sponsors. this forum and site, exclusively for all things UH Warrior Men’s Basketball team.

    Congratulations to Beeman and Wahine for success, maybe Cindy Luis or Brian McInnis can start a forum for Rainbow Wahine Basketball.

    Wisht they could have a steady crowd of 5000-6000 like men, however, nowadays it is a hard sell, unless Wahine are playing for the national NCAA DI crown.

    Here, we rest our hope and aspirations on the Men’s team. Anyways that is just my opinion!
    Hope UH MBB team goes and wins the BWC tournament, and women too!

  13. Tough loss tonight. I also agree that the refs seemed to determine the outcome of the game. The last 10 minutes seemed like there was a foul called every time down the court. We have now dropped to 4th place, but I still like our chances to secure 2nd place before the Big West Tourney. If you take a look at Pacific’s schedule, they play 4 of their last 6 on the road, and 1 of the home games is versus Long Beach State, so they are not finishing 2nd. Next we have Cal Poly, they finish up 3 at home and 3 on the road with one of the road games at Hawaii. So we have a potential advantage there as well. Irvine has 3 on the road and 2 at home. The two at home are versus Pacific and Long Beach, so we have an advantage there also. Davis has 3 at home and 3 on the road, with two of those games versus Long Beach, so I like our chances there as well.

    At the end of the day, it is tough to swallow two road losses, but based on the remaining schedule with 3 at home and 1 on the road, we have a great shot to go 4-0 and wrap up second place. I like our chances to wrap up the year and get a good seeding in the Big West Tournament. I am looking forward to a 7+ game winning streak to wrap up the season, but at the end of the day, I will take 3+ wins beginning on March 14th.

  14. Manoa Baller: Great Positive outlook. Crazy NCAA MBB, anything can happen, and UH not out of running for 2nd, anyways, with Northridge and Riverside, out of the picture for BWC tournament play, UH is automatically in the tournament. Good thing UH had that 5-0 winning streak, it was huge, now, as you say MB, let the guys go on a 4-0 winning streak to end season, or just win 3-0 , the BWC tourney and go NCAA dancing. We are all very optimistic on this forum, until the final buzzer or UH MBB are mathematically eliminated from any post season play, I still keep hoping, keep the MBB warrior fire ablaze , as do thousands of other UH MBB fans from across the state and the mainland USA and around the globe. Go Warriors, get it doe, we got your backs!

    And Brandon,S. sorry about your injury, it would be a bummer is it is a season ender, hope not. keep your head up and heal well!

  15. Manoa Baller — Good Analysis… UH Can control Most of its remaining season — ALL Games (probably including BW First Round, unless UCD?) are Winnable…

    playhoopsa — JMO — I DO Consider Rainbow Wahine ARE UH Warriors –
    – GLAD They Get to Retain their Unique D-1 Name …

    MORE Important, Gib & Co. Need to spend some time down the Hall UNDERSTANDING at a Very Deep Level, What the Mentality and Approach of Wahine Ball is — How they Prep & Practice; They are Much More Road (and Home) Warriors — they EXPECT to Win AND Show Up & Play Like It (Maybe like the men during the three game Road Win Streak); ALL YEAR, they play Consistently HARD & Smart On the Road AND WIN (their most recent Loss was probably Over-Confidence or Arrogance), And with the SAME Travel Obstacles as the men…

  16. Everyone touched on it well…bad calls..no Hawaii love..regroup,heal,take the remaining games. Get that
    Momentum back for Aneheim. Wish the tourney was in Vegas!… Going in March for the PAC 12 tourney..way rather scream for my warriors!… Let’s go Ducks!..

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