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The final statistics for 2012-13


The Big West Conference season came to an official close on Monday, when UC Irvine was eliminated in the second round of the CollegeInsider.com Postseason Tournament.

The Anteaters were the last Big West team remaining in the postseason. With UCI’s season finished, the statistics for the 2012-13 season can now be considered complete for the Big West.

Hawai’i finished with a 17-15 overall record (fifth place in the conference at 10-8), and was one of five Big West teams that participated in a postseason tournament. Here is a look at some of the Warriors’ significant numbers from the 2012-13 season:

• The Warriors finished first in the Big West in rebounding at 38.6 per game. More significant, they topped the conference in rebounding margin with an average advantage of 5.7 per game (UC Riverside was a distant second at 3.0 per game). Here’s a telling sign of the size difference between the Big West and the Western Athletic Conference: in 33 previous seasons in the WAC, the Warriors led the conference in rebound margin just one time (the 1988-89 team led by Reggie Cross).

• Another statistical sign of the conference: Hawai’i ranked eighth in the Big West with 195 3-pointers made, yet that total was the most by a Hawai’i team since the 2003-04 team also made 195 (led by Michael Kuebler’s 97). On the other hand … the Warriors surrendered 263 3-pointers to opponents this season, the most ever allowed by a Hawai’i team.

• The Warriors received criticism early in the season for their turnovers, and they finished with 462, for an average of 14.4 per game (UC Riverside and Long Beach State committed more among Big West teams). That was actually the lowest amount of turnovers in head coach Gib Arnold’s three seasons at Hawai’i.

• The Warriors were also criticized early for their free-throw percentage, and they finished seventh in the Big West at .687. That was actually the highest free throw percentage by a Hawai’i team since the 2008-09 team shot .714.

• Unceremonious final exit aside, senior center Vander Joaquim had one of the best statistical careers of any post player in Hawai’i history. He leaves as No. 10 on UH’s all-time scoring list with 1,205 points, No. 3 in rebounding with 828, No. 6 in blocked shots with 129, No. 5 in free throws made with 280, and No. 9 in field goal percentage at .518.

• Junior forward Christian Standhardinger received first-team All-Big West Conference honors, and achieved a rare 500-250 season for points-rebounds. He finished the season with 504 points and 252 rebounds. The last Hawai’i player to reach at least 500 points and 250 rebounds in a single season was Al Davis during the 1970-71 “Fabulous Five” season. Standhardinger finished the season as the team’s leading scorer with 15.8 points per game, and was second in rebounding at 7.9.


• Forward Isaac Fotu had one of the best freshman seasons by a Hawai’i player in decades, as he finished the season with averages of 10.1 points and 6.2 rebounds per game. The last Hawai’i freshman to average double-figure points for a season was Chris Gaines during the 1986-87 season. Fotu’s field goal percentage of .623 was the second-best percentage in program history, behind only Phil Martin’s .627 in 2000-01.

• Senior point guard Jace Tavita completed the season as the Big West’s leader in assists with 5.7 per game. In 33 previous seasons in the WAC, only four Hawai’i players led the conference in assists: Troy Bowe (1990-91), Anthony Carter (1997-98), Mark Campbell (2002-03) and Miah Ostrowski (2011-12).

• Freshman guard Brandon Jawato led the team with 43 3-pointers, which was the second-best total by a Hawai’i freshman (Bo Barnes made 57 during the 2010-11 season). Jawato also led the team with a .413 percentage from 3-point range, and that was the fourth-best percentage in Hawai’i history for a single season.

• Four Warriors finished the season with double-figure point averages: Standhardinger (15.8), Joaquim (13.8), Fotu (10.1) and Hauns Brereton (10.0). The last Hawai’i team to have four players average double-figure points for the season was 2006-07: Matt Lojeski, Ahmet Gueye, Bobby Nash and Matt Gibson.


  1. I like the rebounding edge, and the fact that Hawaii made so many 3’s, however gave up too many. Christian’s dedication and all out effort, equaled first team BWC. Leading scorer. Team overall FT percentage improved from past few years. Fotu’s great SSC home game performances, now he has to get stronger, work on inside to out game, Isaac will be a force at hybrid PF/SF. Spearman, fearless., can improve his shot. he shot FT’s great in crunch time, he will be a leader along with Christian and Isaac.

    At least UH MBB team did not finish dead last in a conference that didn’t have the greatest rating of all NCAA DI conferences. Gib has to reel in those 2 scoring guards with speed and defensive ability. Along with returnees, perhaps, Gib a change in offense and defensive stategies to match personnel, UH MBB team looks ready to be at top of BWC, and be competitive home and away, in regular season, DH Classic etc. Key, Gib gets more athletic players, at least 2 more this year, and the returnees and Freshman coming in, all get better, bigger, faster, more skilled and stronger. They will kick ar…e as Aussie Mum says.

    Go Warriors!

    Great final rundown of stats Dayton , thanks, to the UH MBB Warrior Insider, who burns the midnight oil!!

    Gib gets his 1 year extension, he can build relationships, retool his recruiting, adding ready to play JC’s with an occasional developing freshman, and Gib and Ben Jay can have alongside Beeman’s WBB teams, competitive and exciting teams for hopefully several years to come. If Ben cuts Gib loose, a lame duck coach. MBB will suffer, and fans will have to experience the growing pains of another coach, the difficulty in recruiting to Hawaii, and rebuilding a MBB program from the ground up. I hope Ben gives Gib one more year, the 5th, by then maybe Evan Fitzner will be a freshman with the 2014-15 class!

    Just my personal opinion, we all want UH MBB to return to some glory days, as the Boss says!

    Go Warriors!!


  2. Wow, Bo Barnes had 57 threes in 2010-11?!? I can hardly even recall him getting significant minutes that year.

    The Big West is a complete 180 in terms of style of play vs the old WAC. All things considered, this year wasn’t bad because the seniors were inconsistent as well as so many freshmen having to play. The year ended a bit sour as UH peaked out in the middle of the BW schedule with their 5 game win streak, but cooled off to finish the year.

    2013-14 looks very exciting.

  3. Standhardinger’s 500-250 stat is pretty impressive. Had no clue that was such a rare feat. Just shows the hustle and effort he gives every game. What’s more impressive is when you consider Christian got those numbers when the offense ran through Vander. Vander made sure he was the first, second and third option once the ball got to the post.

    Leading the Big West in rebounding wasn’t a surprise since UH is much bigger than the other Big West teams, but what was worrisome was the high number of offensive rebounds and 2nd chance points given up by UH. Since the Big West teams shoot a ton of 3s, there are a lot more long rebounds and UH must really make the effort to box out their man. Everybody was guilty at times each game standing around and not putting a body on someone. 2nd chance points are killers especially after playing great defense and forcing a contested jumper at the end of the shot clock.

    Boxing out on every shot needs to be a point of emphasis for the coaching staff for next year. It’s one adjustment that needs to be made since the Big West is so perimeter oriented.

    I’m not worried about UH’s 8th place in 3pt makes. UH’s game is inside first, so they won’t jack up the threes as often as the other teams. UH does need to shoot a better % of 3’s. UH only shot 34% as a team from deep, which is mediocre. Hauns had a poor shooting year by his standards at 32% from deep and took the most shots. Jawato shot 41% from deep which is very good, but did not shoot well late in the year after a scorching 2-3 week stretch in the middle of the year.

  4. I’m I missing something, all read on this site is Coach Arnold is a great recruiter but he lack head coaching abilities. Where are the great recruits? I don’t think the current roster is filled with great talent and great recruiters evaluate is needs and recruit accordingly. He had a year to evaluate Jace, did he think he was going to go from a non shooter to become a good shooter in one season? Walter recruited Christian, Hawaii best player. In my opinion Gib can’t coach and he is average recruiter. Recruiting for USC is a lot easier than Hawaii because they are willing to recruit in the grey area of the rules.
    Now this talk about APR issues concerns me about his supervisory skills. Got to go.

  5. buzz:

    Going to be an interesting decision for Ben Jay. Gib averages 17 wins per season over 3 years. Two CIT post season invites, however they qualified, and the last one with Ben’s approval for the athletes benefit. No felons, student athletes appear to get along, you read the comments from several family members stating they respect Gib as the coach and what he is trying to accomplish. Gib had to adjust, and he did, the type of character players to bring into program, even the walkons. You are correct the APR issue is a key. I would not want to be in Ben Jay’s place.

    buzz, who would be on your short list for new HC if Gib is let go after next season? One thing, Gib can just show video of games, to the possible recruit or recruits, the past season hilites, and they would know , if the are athletic, quick , defender and creative scorers, they will help program immediately, not to win 17 games and a CIT bid, which was great for the team, no, instead a 20 plus winning season and potential NCCA invite. I think with Christian, Isaac, and Spearman , Shamburger(an All WAC guard), leading the way, UH has good chance to be more athletic, faster, better shooting,and defending. A whole different type of team. Should be exciting. Ben has a real big call to make! I guess we shall wait for the latest “buzz” on extension offer, buzz!!

  6. I don’t have a list of candidates for Mr. Jay but we need a coach who can recruit to a remote location. Hawaii isn’t a easy place to recruit to because true players do care about sunshine and beaches. They want to be in a location and an environment that will promote their professional aspiration. Hawaii is in a weak conference and it has no TV coverage beyond Hawaii. I think Nash was on the right track with getting Hawaii some exposure by getting into ESPN events the DHC and the ESPN basketball marathon games. He also did a great job of correcting the years for academic casualties Hawaii basketball team. The NCAA mandated that UH correct the men’s basketball acdemic problems or it would lose scholarships and not be able to play in conference tournmentsbe and any pst season tournaments. To Nashes credit he did a great job of correcting the problem and he got UH off the NCAA academic problem list. To read that we are back on the NCAA APR problem list is a total waste of money by Gib. We need a coach who can coach, recruit and be community minded, I think Gib is a self promoter and will ride this job as long as he can and move on to the next job. People of Hawaii this is guy is liked in the coaches circle. Remember these words from Gib after losing his first recruiting class , it about builded relationships. Why isn’t any of those great recruit being recruited and re signing with UH. His own players don’ like or respect him, Vander do I need to say any more. Gib is not what he seem, to the people of Hawaii. Hawaii deserves better. Good luck Mr. Jay

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