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Warriors improve to 2-0 with 78-68 win


Keith Shamburger had 17 points, five rebounds and four assists, and Christian Standhardinger also scored 17 points to lead the University of Hawai’i basketball team to a 78-68 victory over Western Michigan on the second night of the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Rainbow Classic at the Stan Sheriff Center on Saturday.

The Warriors improved to 2-0, while Western Michigan fell to 1-1.

The Rainbow Classic will take Sunday off, then continue on Monday. Hawai’i will play for the Classic championship against New Mexico State (1-1) at midnight on Monday night/Tuesday morning.

Isaac Fotu contributed 14 points and 10 rebounds to help lead the Warriors to a 36-22 advantage on the boards. Reserve guard Quincy Smith added 13 points, all in the second half.

The Warriors overcame a slow start, but turned it on at the end of both halves to grind out the win.

The Broncos took a 27-21 lead with 4:02 remaining in the first half after Kellen McCormick banked in a 3-pointer, but Shamburger took over the closing minutes of the half. He hit three 3-pointers and scored 13 points in the final 3:36 before intermission to put Hawai’i back in front. His 3-pointer just before the halftime buzzer gave the Warriors a 39-36 lead at intermission.

The game remained close in the second half, with the teams exchanging the lead four times. The Warriors took the lead for good at 54-53 with 10:04 remaining on a driving layup by Fotu. Hawai’i later went on a 10-1 surge to increase the lead to 68-57 with 6:10 remaining. Quincy Smith scored five during the surge, including a 3-pointer and a fastbreak layup off a pinpoint assist from Shamburger.

The Broncos never got closer than six the rest of the way.

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


  1. Good Win. Great team win! Those guards headed by Shamburger, Q had great game of the bench, and Nevels, though not shooting as well, is a Team guy, when Spearman comes back, having 4 good guards, 1 and 2, great to help win close grind games! And of course the two PF’s willed the team , boarded, D up and helped team win.

    One Ohana! One Team, One Win, now another one, against a Big NMSU team!
    Go Bows!


  2. Thanks guys. It feels great to cheer for the Hawaii team and at the end of the game….. they win!
    Go Rainbow Warriors!

  3. Wow, good win against a very good BWC type team Western Michigan!
    Mike T., maybe go to rim, although, when he is open from 3 line, I think Gib is telling him to shoot to stretch D. Mike T. and Aaron V(shout out to TribeV Ohana!)will be great freshmen athletes, and vastly improved by BWC play. That is the key, team be playing well in conference, then peak in BWC tourney!

    Good victory!

    Go Rainbow Warriors!

  4. GREAT Experience Points For Aaron Valdes and Michael Thomas –Invaluable Growth and Experience –Sorry to Brandon Spearman for his temporary loss, As Long as Spear can return healthy and strong and we╩╗re hearing Good Things on that front, like he intends to make The Missouri Trip Next Week…AV: Tribe V Got their “Rainbow Classic Souvenir T-Shirt” Compliments of the J-I-B Blimp (You Can╩╗t BUY RC Tees in the Rainbowtique…)

    THIS SEASON: Having Shamburger, Nevels and Quincy, even ALL on the Court at the same time, is Like Playing in the Light of Day after the Dark Cloud Guard Darkness of Last Year — WHAT a Breath of Basketball Fresh Air…EVERY Body in our Section knew Shamburger was taking the Last Shot — His Third Three — to close the First Half…DAGGER! Swish! CAN╩╗T Stop Him, TAKE The Lead into Half-Time…GREAT Recruiting GIB & Co….THEY WILL WIN Some Games and like tonight hit threes and free throws to keep the ╩╗Bows IN Games, but more likely Out of Reach of Lesser Teams …You HEAR Me, Big West?

    # Six My…

    BTW, Gib thinks Mendes╩╗ NMSU Aggies could be More Dngerous under the ESPN Bright Midnite Lights, Flashing for The National Audience…maybe so…I Think they ╩╗have to╩╗ play better against UH, that they ╩╗better be ready╩╗ to score more than 70 points (which they couldn╩╗t do against either Tennessee or Michigan weighed down by their Vander-Type Seven Foot ╩╗anchors╩╗, (although they are clearly talented, slow would be a slightly sped up overstatement)…They played on Negus╩╗ Virginia team — good friends…(Negus was first post-game player radio guest…)

    Going for 11/11-11/12 WIN # 3 …GO╩╗BOWS!

  5. POMEROY College Basketball RATINGS:

    HAWAI╩╗I UP from 152 to 141

    NMSU UP from 110 to 102

  6. I’d LOVE for them to explain how we’re 141 and NMSU is 102, when we just beat the team they lost to, and we DESTROYED TNST compared to their play against TNST.

    We’ll see on the court tuesday morning, i guess. Mullings is a beast, and dealing with Bhullar is going to be a very tough job. WMU may have beat them, but i still think NMSU is going to be a better team overall.

  7. i have a Similar Problem with The RPI — Everyone should Start @ Zero, then let the W-L (and maybe Margin of Victory, to ╩╗some╩╗ degree) Math Work out the Ratings…

    Those ╩╗Pre-Season “Ratings”╩╗ should begin to disappear as soon as they have some “Real” Data…

    WMU Winning on a Neutral Court (without their 6-11 Senior Center) “Should” Count MORE Than NMSUs “Opponents╩╗ Strength of Schedule” AND “Opponents╩╗ Opponents╩╗ Strength of Schedule” –THAT Kind of Math, said “To Reward Those Who Schedule Tougher” in my perception is Nothing More than “Rewarding Members of The OLD Boys╩╗ Club”…

    Head-to-Head Tuesday Morning…

    Make it Count in the W-L Columns, ╩╗Bows…

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