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UPDATED: UC Davis shoots down the Warriors

DAVIS, Calif. – Winning streaks, just like hearts, sometimes get broken on Valentine’s Day. Such was the case for the Hawai’i basketball team, which had its five-game winning streak come to a screeching halt in an 89-65 road loss to UC Davis.

A crowd of 1,310 at The Pavilion on the UC Davis campus watched the Aggies complete the regular-season sweep of the Warriors. Both times, the Aggies relied on the long ball to shoot down the taller Warriors.

“It was similar to that first game,” Hawai’i senior Jace Tavita said. “They hit some shots on us, but we didn’t help ourselves with all the turnovers.”

The Warriors dropped to 15-10 overall and went from second to third place in the Big West Conference at 9-5. UC Davis improved to 10-13 overall and is in sixth place at 6-6.

The Aggies connected on 11 of 19 shots from 3-point range, and their .579 percentage from beyond the arc was better than their overall field goal percentage of .485. In a 93-82 win over Hawai’i last month in Honolulu, the Aggies shot 16 of 26 (.615) from 3-point range.


Ryan Sypkens drained two 3-pointers in the game’s opening minutes to give UC Davis a 12-6 lead, and the Warriors never quite recovered after that.

Hawai’i head coach Gib Arnold said the more telling statistic was rebounding. The Aggies won the battle of the boards, 38-29, and it was only the third time in 25 games this season that the Warriors did not grab at least 30 rebounds.

“I think the best statistic to look at as far as hustle and effort is rebounding, and we got out-rebounded tonight,” Arnold said. “That’s usually our strength, and when our guys are not in there grabbing rebounds and we’re turning it over like we did, we’re not giving ourselves much of chance.”

Hawai’i’s “big three” of Vander Joaquim, Christian Standhardinger and Isaac Fotu were basically nullified by a UC Davis zone defense that double-teamed in the low post. They are the team’s top three scorers and rebounders, but they combined for 16 points and 11 rebounds. Standhardinger himself was averaging 22.4 points and 11.2 rebounds per game during the previous five-game winning streak.

“Every time our bigs touched the ball, they came down and doubled,” Arnold said. “That means we had some open looks on the perimeter, but we either didn’t knock it down when we needed to, or didn’t get it to an open teammate. If we knock down a couple of those open shots in the beginning, I think it changes the rest of the game.”

Senior guard Hauns Brereton managed to knock down three 3s and finished with a team-high 17 points. Junior guard Brandon Spearman added 12 points, and freshman Ozren Pavlovic came off the bench late in the second half to score 10 points in six minutes. Tavita finished with six points and eight assists.

Standhardinger was held to a season-low six points on 2-of-7 shooting, although he did grab a team-high seven rebounds. Joaquim finished with eight points and two rebounds, and fouled out with 6:11 remaining, when he was assessed a technical foul for arguing a call. Fotu did not even attempt a shot, and finished with two points (on two free throws) and two rebounds.

“It was a frustrating game,” Tavita said. “A couple calls didn’t go our way and I think we let it get to us and affect our game, and we can’t let that happen.”

The Warriors appeared ready to rally midway through the first half when Spearman completed an alley-oop dunk off an assist from Tavita to cut the UC Davis lead to 24-20. But the Aggies responded with a 20-7 surge over a six-minute stretch to increase the lead to 44-27 late in the first half.

UC Davis had a 47-31 lead at intermission, and the Warriors never got closer than that in the second half. Hawai’i actually shot 52.2 percent from the field in the first half, but committed 10 turnovers and got out-rebounded 16-9.

“That wasn’t us out there,” Spearman said. “We let them make all the hustle plays and we let them get all the 50-50 balls. We gotta put this one behind us and get the next one.”

The Warriors, who were coming off a season-low seven turnovers in a win over UC Irvine last week, committed 17 turnovers against UC Davis. The Aggies recycled those turnovers into 26 points.

“First and foremost it was our defense tonight,” UC Davis head coach Jim Les said. “They have won five in a row, and were scoring in the 80s in those five wins. Tonight, we held them to 65.”

Corey Hawkins once again led UC Davis with 21 points, five assists and five rebounds. In last month’s win at Hawai’i, he scored 40. In the two wins against Hawai’i, he went 10 for 12 from 3-point range. Sypkens added 17 points, including 5-of-7 shooting from 3-point range.

The Warriors will remain on the road for another Big West game on Saturday, when they play at Pacific in a battle for second place. The Tigers beat Cal State Northridge, 66-59, on Thursday to move up to second place at 8-4.


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Apologies for the absence of the usual post-game interviews in the video above. Head coach Gib Arnold and several players answered questions from the media after the game, but we experienced problems with our audio equipment. We hope to have the issue resolved before the Saturday game at Pacific.


  1. It’s crunch-time, need to secured all the wins, regardless where or whom we’re playing.
    Put two winning 1/2s together and play like a champ all the way!

    Ways we go ~
    >> You have done: 53p(1sth) + 47p(2ndh) = 100p(pg).
    >> Our expectation: 44p(1sth-min) + 44p(2ndh-min) = 88p(pg-min).
    >> Acceptable scores: From 88p(pg-min) => 100p(pg-max), any variation or combination of positivity!

    We want you to be the best ~
    ** Respect “The supreme court Judges”; Be grateful to whom who gave you 3-st-road-wins, 5game-win-st, 50th-win-4-Gib and, many better ones maybe on-the-way!
    ** Show your best but, not your TEMPER/missed dunk or Free, lousy D.
    ** Do not psyched-yourself-out.
    *** All-in, all-hustle, always (follow Christian’s good examples including the love of Hawaii).
    * Take your open-shot with a proper-release; We need high-efficiency; Go get foul.
    ** Maintain body balance & control; Run fast into the “open” & readied for your pass.
    ** “Fake”, “finesse”, “steal”.. are the soul of artistic basketball-techniques.
    ** promote team-work & sportsmanship..

    2/14/13: Count => 4/1, BW10/5.
    Road Warriors’ severe loss of 65-89 as a 1st sweep by a statistically lesser team.

  2. NOW got to do what you’ve done before
    And Win the “Harder” One against Pacific…
    LOCK UP Second…

    Now TWO Road “Throw-Aways”
    NOT Much Room This Season –Crunch Time — to Throw Too Many More…

    Bounce Back, ‘Bows!

  3. The team needs to get it together in a hurry. Our defense, rebounding, and passing has regressed tonight. I hope we can bounce back and at least be competitive against a good Pacific team.


    it doesnt make sense. this team is NOT a good three shooting team, but twice, they’ve torched us. even when guarded closely, they make stupid lucky shots. what is it with UCD? this feels so BS.

    I hate this team. with our luck, we’ll get seeded against them in the tourney and get bounced in the first round.

  5. Come On Warrior team, that was a unacceptable performance, no rebounding, even with a height advantage, too too many turnovers again, and a no show defense, what the heck is going on. Totally bummed watching this debacle on BigWorse Streaming, which is the worst streaming on internet.
    What is with this UC Davis team , that they got our number each and every time?

  6. UH taken to the woodshed by UCD, again! Warriors just cant beat this team. I hope UH is not meeting up with them in the Big West tournament. Saturday’s game at Pacific looms very big. Not going to be easy. Fotu, only 2 points. Standhardinger did not have a big game. Vander fouled out.
    Got outplayed very badly from the 3 pt line, again! Turnovers returned and the team got outrebounded too. Just a very, very bad game. Back to square 1. One game and clear!

  7. Here is the good news: News media all over the student section! Wednesday, Feb 13th front page sports section and this week’s MidWeek, page 56.

    Students and Jamie Smith planning out new cheer for Feb 23rd home game and senior nite. Here is the facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/events/505610832795553/?ref=ts&fref=ts#!/HawaiiBasketball?fref=ts

  8. Right. This is where Gib, being the paid/salaried coach, the leader of program steps up. Don’t know how you are going to do it Gib, Team really regressed this game. back to the past, turnovers, lack of defense, hustle, rebounding, shooting, UC Davis seemed like Duke out there, man oh man.

    Well , UH , have to get Pacific, must win, seems like you guys play the best against the best in BWC, the LBSU, Irvines, Fullertons and now Pacific, go get that win tomorrorw afternoon, and your plane ride will be great, lose, and it will be an achy breaky ride.

    We hard core fans, backing you guys, settle down, see a movie, eat and sleep well, scout well, and play your hearts out against Pacific, come back home 1-1, good road trip, and you guys will secure 2nd place. So important, you guys peak NOW, from Pacific, Northern Arizona, Cal Poly, Cal Santa Barbara, and Northridge. You guys go 4-1 to end the season, finish, 19-11 and 13-5 BWC regular season, and get ready for BWC tourney in Anaheim, you guys can do it.

    P,.S. Me thinks, UH thought UC Davis would roll over, went in with, “we are superior ” team, we walk in, dominate and get win, no, it doesn’t work that way guys, YOU are not a great team, a good team, however not good enough to step on to any court at SSC or in Cali, to win, you have to REBOUND, and DEFEND and shoot smartly. Go get the win Guys, the whole season rides on , you guys finishing top 2 or 3!

  9. We love the boys win,lose or draw but we do need to play to our potential…it’s easy to criticize a bad loss after being spoiled with the great passed win stre

  10. Streak but there’s no excuse for bad fouls and careless play. We are so much better than Davis but it seems like they really have our number. Pacific is going to be tough specially with a packed house of six thousand,. I hope Gib can rally the seniors to split the series…two consecutive losses would kill our newly acquired momentum..or what’s left of it before tonight’s showing. Vander needs to own his…..Christian needs to step up…Hans keep is confidence.. And our point guard musical chairs to get solid. Big game on Saturday! We will be screaming with Bobby!!.. go warriors!!!

  11. will we always be a horrible road team?….game wasn’t even close

  12. hawaiifan09: I think UC Davis is a huge matchup problem for UH. Their guards have superior quickness, so do their bigs. They can shoot the rock. They proved it at the SSC. I wasn’t a fluke. A well coached team.

    Hope UH can get a good win over Pacific this Sat Feb 16 2013 in Stockton, diehard that our family is, we will be watching that terrrible feed from bigwest.tv(oceanic so much better!)and hoping for UH to come out and battle, it looked like the whole team were still back in the islands, like the old days when UH would travel on those awful WAC road trips, from San Jose, to Wyoming, to UTEP, Idaho, Utah St. , LaTech., Hoep the boys, get good rest, watch film and play the perfect 40 minutes of basketball to get victory against Pacific, I believe they can, they have to execute, Defend, rebound, take care of ball, and shoot high percentage from line and field!

  13. i noticed a (continuing) Whole Bunch of blow-outs, even 20 point-plus in Mountain West play — undersized Air Force Academy over uber-athletic UNLV — where their road travel is probably more similar to UHʻs road trips —

  14. It’s just hard to win on the road. Ask Kansas. They lost 3 straight on the road to unranked teams recently. They come home and beat ranked K-State in a rout. The difference? Coach Bill Self said it was the energy and the passion. UH didn’t do those things last night.

  15. >> It was a nightmarish night for me both literally & figuratively.
    << It's another night that Less is more & destructive, even as a host.

    Don't know how I'll manage with such a mental disturbance..
    Dreaming & more probably, whether consciously or unconsciously!?

    Coach Gib is the one to be responsible, for he's the receiver of that fat yenom-substitute Monthly; Thank goodness, he Is There!

    A sweep is a sweep, regardless how damaging it is to your pride as the loser suffers or otherwise earned the glory as the winner enjoys but,
    as always we have to be gracious for that the TEAM had offered their utmost-effort for us.

    Time to stop crying over 'spilled milk'; Urgent need is that to conserve & rejuvenate our TEAM synergy once more for an even more challenging battle tomorrow.

    Schedule is there to test our ability to find a way to right our ship with strength

    Invariably, the better team always wins!

  16. Basically: DEFENSE and REBOUNDING….total effort will translate to win. If not, could be a loss. Gib get your guys ready, clear (loss) and go get W. No time to go backwards, have to regain momentum!

  17. OK guys, play like no tommorrow, Vander , get your head in the game early, you are suppose to be the force in the Big West , play like one. Come on Man. You guys all played like Wusses. Come to the game with the mindset to WIN , play Defense .

  18. Warriors lose, Wahine win. Seems like when one wins, the other loses. Wahine playing Pacific at home with a chance to tie for first place with a win. Coach Beeman will have his players ready and I think the Wahine will do it. I don’t feel the good vibes for the Warriors as Pacific has revenge on their minds after losing at Hawaii. The crowd will get into it. Pacific is a very good defensive team. They will be favored for sure about about 5 points. It’s going to be tough. Best chance for Hawaii is to shoot a very good percentage and rebound the basketball. If not, I don’t think so! Road wins are hard to come by.

  19. Ok guys, it’s time to play like MEN in an unfriendly environment.
    Go Warriors!

  20. Our lovely Wahine BB sweep the Aggies with an 11pts-win (W59-48) on Valentine’s Day.
    >> Kamilah 10pts, 12rbs ~ double-doubles,
    >> Monica 20pts, 2rbs,
    >> Ashleigh 8pts, 9rbs.
    Last Jan 19, on the road, they won by 8pts (W71-63).

    Tomorrow, will play the Tigers for 1st BWC place and to even the score (L61-71 @ Stockton, CA. last Jan 17).

    Please show Coach Beeman your support!

  21. Davis torched us both at home and on the road so it is not only playing on the road that did it. I am wondering why we didn’t go smaller and try to match up with them. We got depth on the bench. If our bigs are a step slower than they are then Gib should not play them period. We could go with 3 guards and 2 forwards. Is it a crime to sit Christian, Vander, and Isaac when playing against Davis? If we don’t do something next time we play them it will be the same sad story.

  22. Gig: Boys win at home, Men win on the road. We see which team comes out to play for 40 minutes on Sat Feb 16 2013 at Stockton against the Pacific Tigers. Interesting, with UH bigs and perimeter guys driving to the rim, UC Davis played them well, took charges, a bunch that stopped any run UH had in them to come back. Once took away, Christian’s hi motor, low wire game, Christian was sunk , ineffective, Fotu, non factor, Vander too. Guys were bitching about calls, now Coach and staff have to scout really well for a very well coached and very disciplined Pacific Team.

    Simple: If UH scouts well, plays fantastic defense, shoots well, and takes care of ball, they win. Have to have big , , strong games from Vander, Christian, Isaac down low, and perimeter energy and effort and good shooting and D from the perimeter guys, Jace, Hauns, Jawato, Jefferson and Davis/Ozi/Clair to spell the front line guys, who, will I am certain give the Pacific tigers a great game, too bad Oceanic didn’t have a live feed on cable TV with Kanoa doing the call from Stockton, the bigwest.tv online feed with a student running one digital camera is the pits!

    I go out on a limb, if in the first 10 minutes, UH is up by doulbe digits, playing great defense, getting ball to bigs inside to score, and getting a ton of offensive rebounds for put backs andresets, and the bigs getting D rebound and kick and go and score on transition. UH will win. If after first 10 minutes, UH comes out flat, and Pacific is hitting every three ball, and getting every loose ball, and O rebound and putback and one, and the Tigers are up big double digit or more before half, UH could lose, …especially if that lead is controlling. a 20 point plus lead going into second half, if it is a 14 pt lead with 14 minutes left, UH has chance to come back, however, Gib has to go with energy guys, Christian, Fotu, Hauns, Jawato, Spearma….then situational, Jefferson, Jace, Davis, Ozi.

    However , you guys MBB team, give total team effort, MAN UP, you guys will get win, anything less. well that Pacific ocean flight of over 2500 miles will be a rough one. So guys MAN UP! Boys win at home, MEN win on the road!!

  23. I hate to say it, but the future success of the Warrior team will be the team’s 3 point shooting. To finish high in the regular season, Big West tournament, and any postseason hopes they must make perimeter shots. All the good teams hit 3’s. Indiana, Michigan, Florida, Miami, Duke, etc. all have multiple good shooters. Can’t shoot well from the outside, then go home .

  24. UC Davis probably the only team in the Big West that UH cannot beat. It’s just a matchup nightmare for them because UH’s biggest weakness is defending the 3pt line and UC Davis’ strength ball movement and 3pt shooting.

    What’s concerning about last nights game is the poor effort on rebounding and a general lack of aggressiveness on offense with the Vander & Fotu. Vander & Fotu combined for 39minutes, 10 points, 4 rebounds… Vander had ZERO free throw attempts and Fotu had 2 free throw attempts.

    Jawato also had a horrible night. Went 0-3 FG and posted all zeros in the stat sheet.

    Stanhardinger gave good effort but just had a bad game.

    Again, Hawaii is much more talented than UC Davis, but the matchup just isn’t good. Getting beaten is one thing, but getting hustled on the boards and general effort is unacceptable. It looked like the Cal Poly game all over again.

    I expect a big performance from the boys at Pacific tomorrow. It’s a big game for both teams that are battling for #2 in BWC.

  25. Aloha, Ozi Mum:
    Congrats for your son Ozi, who has secured a 2nd personal season double digit high of 10pts in just 6min of PT last night:
    >> Took 6 shots made 5 (83%),
    >> 10p in 6min (i.e. 1.67pts per min),
    >> ftm, 2-2 (100%),
    >> 3fgm, 2-3 (67%),
    >> fgm, 1-1 (100%).

    Tomorrow night he will be making his presence felt by the Tigers again, helping our TEAM to sweep them in regular season and, regain our 2nd Place position in BWC.
    Ozi is our “Tiger Tamer” for that now, he can easily scores 20+pts against them, if given the PT:
    >> On last Jan 17, he set his personal season high of 13pts.
    >> ftm, 8-9 (89%),
    >> 3fgm 1-2 (50%),
    >> fgm 2-9 (22%).

    Give that TEAM training to be Stronger, Bigger, & Faster;
    His talents in ball-handling, high-scoring skill, higher field-vision on most players..
    Ozi is on track to be the “Best Point-forward” the Warriors ever had, sooner than later.
    “Pupulahi I Holomua” indeed!

  26. we just aren’t consistent and good enough period….wouldn’t wanna win the BW championship and go to the ncca tourney with this team!!!!

  27. WTF. You wouldn’t want to win the BW championship and go to the ncaa tourney with this team?

    Isn’t that the goal?

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