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Warriors pull away from New Orleans, 91-58


Brandon Spearman scored 16 and grabbed five rebounds, Christian Standhardinger added 13 points, 14 boards and four assists, and Keith Shamburger had 11 points and six assists tonight to help the University of Hawai’i pull away from New Orleans, 91-58.

A Stan Sheriff Center crowd of about 3,800 watched the Rainbow Warriors improve to 4-2; the Privateers fell to 1-3.

New Orleans started the game strong and looked much-improved from the team Hawai’i routed, 84-58, in February 2012. After falling behind 4-0, the Privateers went on a 15-8 run to lead, 15-12, on Isaac Mack’s baseline jumper midway through the first half. But UH freshman Aaron Valdes scored on a putback to start the Rainbow Warriors on an 18-0 surge capped by Spearman’s 3-pointer from the right wing and leaning bank shot from eight feet out to make it 30-17 with four minutes remaining.

New Orleans closed it to 33-26 on two free throws by Teris Bourgeois with 1:29 left, but Dyrbe Enos answered with a 3-pointer from the left wing and Spearman followed with another three to put Hawai’i ahead, 39-26, at halftime.

The Rainbow Warriors held the Privateers to 25.8 percent shooting (8 of 31) from the field, including 2 for 11 from 3-point range, in the first half. They also out-rebounded New Orleans, 28-16 and had six blocked shots to none for the Privateers. UH also shot 41.7 percent (5 for 12) from beyond the arc in the first half and scored off nine assists.

The Rainbow Warriors then began the second half with a 5-0 run and then went on a 17-0 tear shortly afterward to stretch the lead to 61-31 after Valdes’ spectacular alley-oop slam dunk off Quincy Smith’s lob with 11:30 remaining in the game.

New Orleans could not get closer than 28 points the rest of the way, even with Hawai’i’s starters exiting the game for good with 6:14 left..

Smith finished with 10 points and four assists off the bench.

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


  1. GOOD to See Improving Shut-Down Defense — held UNOʻs Top Two scorers to single digits…

    ALSO Good to see More Emergence of The “Three Offense” now with Nevels-Shamburger-Spearman and Dyrbe looking solid… Was NOT Surprised to see Brandon Jawato Hit his three, for the first time (iʻve seen) he hit three in a row in warm-ups followed by five in a row …AND ALL those shots had good elevation above the front rim; he was shooting ʻToo Flatʻ up to this week, sometimes even hitting the lower half of the Front Rim…his form and release also looked a lot better…

    Dyrbe lookinʻ like ʻDagger Dyrbeʻ — Three Threes in back-to-back games is approachinʻ “Legit” (although iʻm sure they already are used to that from practices…)

    TOUGH Opponent Friday Night, gave UDub a Tough Game on the road this week…

    Three 30 point blowouts in the first six games… i would attribute much of that to the strength of the second (and first of course) teams, relentless pressure, they open up rather than give back the previously earned lead…

  2. Eagle:
    Should be a really tough game against , Montana, well coached, runs dozens of offensive sets, screens, to set up 3 ball shooters, and cutters to the rim. They have some good guards,look like they have 6’7″, 6’8″ and 7’0″ bigs who can step out and hit shots.

    Key, this year, finally year four of Gib, and staff, Coach Arnold, is really becoming an excellent X and O coach. They scout well, Gib wants max effort of team in practice and execute on game floor. UH come out, with 10 man rotation, the first 5 not doing, it, Gib puts in next 5, the starters, watch, and come back in and get job done. Good coaching Gib, fantastic job, and for your 17 young guys, they are great to watch, looks like NO ego trippers, and self centered athletes, the ARE ONE OHANA< one Team, and just want the W, no matter who scores!

    Go Bows!
    P.S. and dang, Eagle, that Q as well as Spearman, and Jawato, are tough, tough young guys, despite injuries, latest that Dickman said on post game show, that Fotu had bruised hand, hope, if they need to xray, it doesn't have fracture, hope only bruise, Isaac, really played the paint well, especially with guys his size and ability, Isaac and Christian, the best Pair of Forward, hybrid 4's in history of UH recent BB. In the 21st century!

  3. WHILE i think itʻs Great to Share this team statewide — Ho’okahi No ‘Ohana —
    and it is smart Team Development to work in Two Pre-Conference Road Trips
    to develop the ability to WIN Consistently On The Road…

    i’m finding the four weeks without a home game ‘too much of a draught’…

    …just getting spoiled?

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