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Warriors blow out Northern Arizona, 84-50

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The Hawai’i basketball team got back to its winning ways in emphatic fashion with an 84-50 rout of Northern Arizona on Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

An energetic “Star Wars” crowd watched the Warriors snap a two-game losing streak to improve to 16-11 overall. It was a non-conference game, so Hawai’i remains at 9-6 and tied for third in the Big West Conference. Northern Arizona, which is tied for fifth place in the Big Sky Conference, dropped to 10-17.

Christian Standhardinger led the Warriors with 21 points on 8-11 shooting, and he also grabbed nine rebounds. Vander Joaquim added 20 points – including 18 in the decisive first half – and grabbed a team-high 12 rebounds. Hauns Brereton added 13 points, and Isaac Fotu scored 10.

Davis Rozitis scored five points and grabbed 10 rebounds to help the Warriors to a dominating 47-32 advantage in rebounds.

The Warriors controlled the game from start to finish, and the 34-point margin of victory was their largest of this season. The 50 points by Northern Arizona was also the fewest allowed by Hawai’i this season.

The Warriors hit their first eight shot attempts of the game – including two 3-pointers by Brereton and one each from Standhardinger and Joaquim – to build a 24-10 lead.

Hawai’i eventually took a 49-32 lead at intermission, and Joaquim hit a pull-up 3-pointer just before the halftime horn sounded to set off a raucous celebration at the break.

The second half turned into a complete blowout, as the Warriors opened with a 12-3 surge to increase the lead to 61-35 with 15:41 remaining. The Lumberjacks never got closer than 22 the rest of the way.

The Hawai’i reserves played most of the second half, and all 11 players in uniform saw action.

The Warriors played without starting guard Brandon Spearman, who is likely out for the season with an ankle injury. Fotu started in his place.

The Warriors will remain at home for two more games next week. They will host UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, and Cal Poly next Saturday in the final two Big West Conference home games of the season.

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

5 Comments

  1. BUST-UP!

  2. It’s great to win comfortably and not let-up in the second half. Great job team.

    Let’s keep the momentum going and close out the year strong!

  3. Keep on playing good D and rebound well guys. Work it inside out. Great job Gib, staff, Maniacs and team. Now as DK said: finish strong, go out and get the last 3 BWC regular season games. You still have a lot of BB to play. Keep on improving. Brandon Spearman, hope you get well, don’t rush, however, great to see you cheering on your team!

    Keep on winning guys, you can do it. Have to stick together, Defense!

  4. Very Nice Job, ‘Bows!
    Super Star Wars Effort…

    KEEP Doing this — Tough Defense, Shut Down Passing, Three Line, HARASS All Over the floor, Keep Boards Clean, Alter/Block Shots, Challenge Drives, Handle/Protect the Rock, Shoot Lights Out … Win ‘Em All into The Dance…

    Coach, For Next Year, Consider Scheduling Northern Arizona EARLY, Like First Road Game…
    So, Instead of Struggling to Find Our Legs, and Playing Catch Up like this year versus UNLV, The Team Can Learn Together How to Step Up And Play Tougher On the Road while (ideally) still earning a Road Win against NAU … (I’m thinking we’re better Now And Yet we’ll Improve More than NAU from Now to Next Year…)

    GO ‘Bows!
    Win ‘Em ALL, Warriors!

  5. was a little sad when blake Hamilton didn’t choose Hawaii but now im not sad at all….was an expected blowout…what was just as impressive or more impressive was the national anthem and Hawaii ponoi

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