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Frustrating road loss for Warriors at Northridge

The road frustration went to another level for the University of Hawai’i basketball team in a 79-78 loss at Cal State Northridge on Saturday.

The Warriors had four chances to win the game in the closing moments, but came up empty each time. The final miss came just before the buzzer, when Christian Standhardinger’s 18-foot jumper bounced off the rim.


“They just wouldn’t drop,” Hawai’i head coach Gib Arnold said of the closing sequence. “They were good shots, too. They were makeable shots. One of those goes in, all of a sudden we’re the happiest team in the country, but that’s how it goes.”

(Game photos courtesy Warren Haraki)

The Warriors dropped to 11-5 overall and 0-2 in the Big West Conference, with both losses on the road. The Matadors improved to 10-7 and 2-0. A crowd of 1,060 at the Matadome in Northridge, Calif., included several hundred Hawai’i fans.

The Warriors trailed by 13 points with nine minutes remaining in the game, but rallied to give themselves a shot to win it at the end.

Garrett Nevels led Hawai’i with 19 points before fouling out with 2:11 remaining. Standhardinger had 18 points and 10 rebounds, Isaac Fotu finished with 16 points on 6-of-8 shooting and a game-high 11 rebounds, and Brandon Spearman contributed 15 points, five rebounds and five assists.

“You can’t fault the effort at all,” Arnold said. “It’s a 40-minute game and we continued to play … we kept coming, doing it on the defensive end, and gosh darn it, we just couldn’t put that last shot in the hole. Just ran out of time.”

Keith Shamburger hit a 3-pointer – his only points of the game – with 1:50 remaining to cut the Northridge lead to 79-78. The Matadors then turned it over on their next possession, and Hawai’i had the ball for the final 1:35 of the game, trailing by one. During that time:

• Shamburger missed a 3-point shot, but freshman guard Dyrbe Enos grabbed the offensive rebound.

• Spearman got fouled on a drive to the basket, but missed the front end of a one-and-one free throw opportunity. Fotu grabbed the offensive rebound.

• Shamburger missed a driving layup, but Hawai’i was awarded the ball after a Northridge player knocked the rebound out of bounds.

• Shamburger dribbled down the time to work for a final shot, then passed to Standhardinger at the top of the key. Standhardinger’s shot was contested by Northridge forward Stephen Maxwell.

Shamburger shot just 1 for 9 from the field, but contributed four assists. He missed practice time this week due to the death of a family member.


Arnold was not pleased with the officiating, as the Warriors were assessed 21 fouls to Northridge’s 13. The Matadors took advantage by converting 28 of 31 free throws (the Warriors went 17 for 21).

“It was tightly officiated and obviously a lot more calls on us,” Arnold said during his post-game radio interview. “I think it was a real physical game. I have a hard time thinking they only fouled 13 times in 40 minutes of one of the most physical games we had all year. I’m frustrated with that. I’m very frustrated with that.”

The Warriors had a 30-21 lead in the first half after Spearman hit a 3-pointer with 6:54 remaining, but the Matadors responded immediately with a 9-0 run to tie it at 30. Northridge managed to take a 40-39 lead at intermission, thanks to three straight free throws from Aaron Parks with 0.4 seconds remaining. He for fouled while attempting a 3-pointer.

Parks, who had a total of two 3-pointers this season prior to the game, finished with 19 points and 3-of-3 shooting from 3-point range for the Matadors.

Parks converted a four-point play midway through the second half to highlight an 8-0 run that gave the Matadors a 70-57 lead with 9:00 remaining.

The Warriors chipped away at the lead, with Nevels scoring eight points during a 12-2 surge that got Hawai’i within three, 72-69. The Warriors would never regain the lead though, despite Northridge not making a field goal in the final three minutes of the game.

Stephen Maxwell led the Matadors with 24 points on 10-of-13 shooting and 10 rebounds.

“No one is going to go undefeated on the road.,” Arnold said. “A lot of guys are going to lose a lot of road games. We had two tough ones against two good teams and they beat us. We’re going to get those guys back at our house.”

The Warriors will return home for a Big West game against UC Riverside on Saturday, January 18.


Saturday’s Big West results
Cal State Northridge 79, Hawai’i 78
Cal Poly 72, UC Santa Barbara 64
Long Beach State 99, UC Davis 74
UC Irvine 72, UC Riverside 52


  1. Frustration to the max. I guess it was just one of those games where the ball refused to go thru the hoop. Regroup, regroup, regroup. Plenty more games left.

  2. Wow… Cal Poly BEAT Top-Rated UCSB @ UCSB !!
    THAT TIPS The Scales…

  3. Eagle- That really evens out the race for the BWC title chase. UCSB goes down at home, defeated by a redhot Cal Poly, team, who are better than most thought.

    The loss to Northridge hurts, however, the EFFORT, was so much better. If only UH had more perimeter, firepower, better 3 point shooting, UH would win this game against the Matadors by 6 or 7 points.

    A, difference maker in second half, the start, when Maxwell for Northridge was scoring at will, no bigs from Hawaii could keep him off the glass, or from shooting point blank shots, that was huge, they stop him 3 or 4 times, UH wins.

    However, too late now, our best wishes to Keith Shamburger who was playing with a heavy heart, when he landed in LA, he was informed that his aunt had died, death, really affects emotions of anyone.

    Eagle- only thing , I did not appreciate, though Christian always brings effort, the couple of times, he is jawing at his own team, for not receiving pass, not continuing to run to spots, which might be true, however, as Christian said at the beginning of the year, IF THE TEAM STAYS TOGETHER, they can make a run for NCAA’s which is still not out of equation. Get hot , win 3 in a row, you are in the Big Dance, …Still, I had Hawaii, finishing, either 10-6 or 11-5 in BWC play, if they had won ONE of these first two road games, outside shot at 12-4, Now, up to Gib and team, to get Riverside, who still has those dang, good Cali, and athletic wing, and guards, not huge teams, however they can shoot, jump, rebound and defend!
    Gib, still has to recruit some athletic, wings, and perimeter, guys with a little more size, and he will.

    Still 14 more games, and the BWC tournament, fans, so still, a lot to play for, the real character of any potential NCAA bound team, after LOSING TWO games in a row, can they bounce back…will they start pointing fingers, Christian, you have to stop that, can ruin morale…and will they avoid losing Three Games in a row…
    As Eagle says, UH MBB team, and Gib, PROVE IT ON THE COURT,…even we fans cannot play for you guys, if you bring the effort, and work on your shots,

    Plus , the disparity, at the Foul Line, was one sided, Northridge shot 31 times, and made over 90% , excellent FT shooters, that was the ball game.

    Uhfanzonly1. Ain’t givin up on team, unless they give up..Captain Standhardinger, go easy on fellow team players, and rally to their defense, STAY ONE OHANA together, get on a 3 or 4 game winning streak starting next week Saturday!!

    Uhfanzonly1. Eagle, UH still can do some damage, now they have to win some games, that they thought they couldn’t on the road, and I think they can, if they have better 3 point shooting..so close, they should be 1-1..!!

  4. I agree with UHF, that Maxwell just went off, no one could stop him for 5 or 6 straight, offensive sets by Northridge, he was like a man against boys. Plus, agree with UHF, the outside shooting of UH MBB team , the 3, ball, someone other than Nevels, has to hit a couple of threes, hard to always go inside to Fotu and Standhardinger,although, the finished statistically very well, both double doubles.

    Still a lot of ball to play, and No Mr. Dallan, Northridge did not win by 10+, so you lost, however, the effort by UH, bodes well, next time they are on the road, they have to bring their own referees and their 3 point shots.

    Loved that they had a chance to the very end to win that sucker.. so close, but no cigar. Guy ,s , keep fighting, no back biting, come back to school and do well, then get Riverside for your first win. And Eagle is Right, that Poly win over UCSB at UCSB, is huge, turns the tables around, really anyone., of the 9 teams, could win the BWC regular or tournament title,. UH has a LOT TO PLAY FOR.. KEEP on working to get better, from Gib on down to 14th guy on roster, don’t ever give up!!

    Go Rainbow Warriors!
    Great effort, just a little shy!

  5. All I can say is that if you want to win a championship you have to win on the road, period! We haven’t proved that, YET! It’s hard to win on the road. Look at Iowa State, look at Duke, etc. etc. etc. There is time to re-group!. Looking at the last 2 losses, we lost the battle in field goal percentages, 3 pt. shooting percentage, and free throw shooting percentage. So, the bottom line is that we just have to shoot the ball better. Hopefully, the home cooking will help. And on the road, we just have to be better and the coaches and the players will figure it out the next time.

    We need Shamburger to step it up more, but I understand that he has had a lot on his mind lately. I don’t fault him, he’s a very good player and he will rebound strong as the season goes on.

  6. Well ….after 2 games, UH is in virtual 7th place. Still early, they have to get more production from perimeter. good , better, much better effort tonite. When Poly, Northridge, in fact any Big West team comes to Stan Sheriff, UH can and probably will beat them,..so 8-0 record at home not impossible. 6 more road games, so have to think of going 3-3, in those final road swings, then UH could finish as UHF says, 11-5 which might be top 3 or 4 now. still position selves to win BWC tournament, which it all comes down to.
    UH would have to virtually run the table, the rest of the way to win BWC regular season and NIT auto invite, however, if I were Gib and team, just concentrate on Riverside, and as other comments above stated, get back to school and be students, good ones, GPA, and be on track to graduate.
    UH plays really well at home, and was super competitive against Missouri on the road, funny how these small 800-1000 seat looks like high school gym gives them problems with depth perception on shooting, or , another thing, they had a large crowd of California family fans and friends cheeing them, you could hear them. mad guys push too hard, and miss shots too. oh well, UH go get Riverside, than get ready to sweep, try to, the next 2 road games.,.still 14 more regular BWC season games to go, and a possible bid to NCAA’s, as long as UH is playing their best ball come March, that is when it really matters, however, they get started one week from today,..

  7. some one forgot to tell the players to get Fotu the ball , especially with two minutes to , go, we lost our best scorer in Nevels , who did not play smart defensively ,thus got called on the fifth foul. The players should be embarrassed, pissed off, and totally disgusted, this game should have never come down to the last shot. The coaches and players all take equal responsibility in this unacceptable loss. This conference is not the Mountain West, it is a lower caliber conference and our talent should show better than this on the road. Really a question mark at this point. Riverside next, the worst team in the conference, but then back on the road for another two games. Two most needed wins if we are to smell a Big West title. It’s been four years with this coaching staff ,this is the payoff year to the title, correct me if I’m wrong. Time for seniors to show some leadership.

  8. a split on the road would’ve been satisfying but to lose 2 is unacceptable and very disappointing….win those 2 expect 7000 on a Saturday….now I expect 5000 at the most

  9. Please Stop talking about the NCAA’s – gotta get out of the BWC first. Will not go 8-0 at home – Hawaii ref’s stink too. Predict at best going 9-5 rest of the way Playhoopsa . . . 9-7 overall in league will NOT get you in NCAA/NIT tourney. Forgetaboutit! Hoping for the best – but look at the rest! Just sayin’ . . .

    Hang tough UHMBB! Mahalo.

  10. Before we panic….sure, formula split or better each road trip, (2 games if played), and sweep at home…UH was not ready for Poly, and Northridge, actually played well in first half, they sometimes lose focus on defense, and their inability to hit shots. As well as what jjay, says, isolate Fotu, when one on one, even two on one, Isaac could score on their bigs, Christian, battled, has to stay under control, and Spearman did his every man, all around baller thing. Nevels, going out, fouling out at key time hurt, he missing FT, hurt, however, if UH could hit shots, and get 3 or 4 stops to start second half, UH would probably win this game by 3 or 4 or more points.
    jjay, you are right, if the Captains, Standhardinger, Spearman and Rozitis, are really captains and no factions, they will have players only meeting, and define roles, and work ethic. First time for 8 guys, Shamburger, Nevels, Smith, Valdes, Enos, Jovanovich, Thomas, Hackman…so new for those guys with UH system.

    Wish that Shamburger could have freed himself up for better shot, with more time, instead of going to last second, however, I think that was the plan, wind shot clock down, and win or lose on last shot, no chance for offensive board. Hey, If this team, is going to be contenders for NCAA, and I would not give up on them, think 1994, and that funky Trevor Ruffing, Jarin Akana, Kalia McGee led team, they did not have great record, could not win on the road in the WAC,however, in 3 games, in Salt Lake City Utah, and finally the championship game , beat a good BYU team in the beehive state and went to UH’s first NCAA tournament, in 18 years…so never say never. UH Men Basketball, have to pick themselves up, and start winning again, one game at a time, they could still win 10 or 11 conference games. Just don’t give up, as hoops and UHF say.

  11. sorry, Trevor RUFFIN led 1994 team, led UH to first NCAA tournament since 1972, so some 22 years. and that team started off season, losing first 4 games, on the road, by average of some 40 points , or something like that, and made it to the dance. So , although UH, should have split, they have 14 games, and at least the opening round of Big West tourney, to get to 20 wins, and Dance big or small NIT.

  12. Hopefully tonight’s loss is a wake-up call. We are not as good a team as we thought, and that’s not something that can be blamed on the officiating. We committed bad fouls and unforced turnovers and missed point-blank shots. Our halfcourt offense against the zone was ineffective. We need to improve in a lot of areas to contend for the conference title.

    It’s fine to have goals but the players should stop talking about going to the NCAA tournament and focus their attention on the immediate objective of showing they can take care of business away from the comfort of home. They flunked this road test and have a lot of work to do to prove UH belongs in the Big West title conversation.

  13. HawaiiMongoose….well said….a lot of excitement for team pre conference because of battling Missouri on road, well…the Diamond Classic good showing, and an 11-3 , record. However, we all knew, that the REAL SEASON is the Big West. And UH just so happened to start it with a NEW type of team, without last year’s seniors, junior, frosh,on the road, against very athletic teams, the same type as last year.

    UH was exposed, even from last few home games, the poor 3 point shooting, the Free throw shooting, one on one defense, offensive sets against zones, even Fotu, getting into the Black Hole, stuck with the ball when doubled and tripled team. Shamburger, not looking to score, when he has the lane or opening, Keith has to NOW start averaging that 13 pts, 5 assists, 2 steals, 85% FT line, game he had at SJSU, although, very sorry to hear about the passing of his auntie, it affected him greatly.
    Gib, has to go back to practice gym , back to basics, shooting, offense, however, his best offense it seems in past few games, when they scramble with that pressure, get steals and transition buckets, however, you are correct, UH needs good half court defense and offense, not just at home, on the road too. If this team is as solid, and together as they say, they will get it fixed, and quickly. One game at a time, not thinking about NCAA’s, although they have it in back of their minds. Just get better for Riverside, which is a good athletic team again! Get that W. turn the weaknesses into strengths, and go and win 3 or 4 road games, later ..

    Nevels, a real gamer, first time NCAA DI ball, he can score, needs, other guards, perimeter guys to shoot three pointers too. And you are correct, Gib has to go back to basics, solid team ball, and excellent offensive and defensive sets, plus as was mentioned by UHF, team has to STAY together, in case they start to bark at each other, that is the only way to win the next game, and then the next, United as a team..Still hope, they have a lot of work to do, and Hawaiimongoose, there is still hope, I think this team has potential, however, not a good team yet, especially, have to win some on the road

  14. No question the potential is still there. I’m not close to giving up on this team. They have a chance to be very special. But at the moment they are not where they need to be.

  15. HawaiiMongoose: You, know the die hard, and if I can get away from work and family elderly care, I would be there too, definitely for senior nite, th 3800-4000 faithful fans, rain or shine, road wins or not, big name schools, no name schools, those are the true UH MBB fans, no matter who is the coach,and how they got the job.
    This as, many have said on several forums and blogs, a real wake up call, that is why, from the beginning of season, with 8 New athletes to active roster, joining the returning guys, they have to get used to as winbow says the Road. Remember last , year, we thought they would go 0-9 on the road? The Seniors, Jace, Hauns, and Vander, got together and said, we have to get wins, then they went on that 3 game road winning streak , first time, in conference play by UH team. So it can be done.

    Chalk up the 0-2 record to life lesson, and BB lesson. Plus, coaching lesson. Gib will have his guys ready, don’t know if he can shoot for them, or defend, however, maybe different schemes or plays. My final opinion,then let’s get ready for a very good athletic Riverside team, as others are saying, even the ESPN commentators, …If Spearman and Shamburger, for both games, Poly and Northridge, scored their averages, 9pts and 11 pts, or 20 pts, for both games, instead of going for 5 pts, total between the two of them, probably, UH might have won both games by a few points, however, that is moot point already.
    UH MMB team, practice, if on the road, the team, had good 3 point shooting from 3 or 4 guys, stretch defense, open up inside, for drive to rim and bigs go to work…that seems to be weakness, Consistent 3 point shooting, at home and on the road….your outside shooting, individual defense, and team learn how to hold protect lead and close out games. These guards, Shamburger, Nevels, Smith, Spearman, and nice to see, Enos, will learn and get better, remember fans, there are 2 new starters and 8 total new guys to active roster team this year, as was commented on. Team , HawaiiMongoose, and all , Eagle, servante, DK, Derek, Palolo Warrior, warriorhaw, jjay, keep the faith, Gib, has to get it done, and these young guys are good students in class and gym, coachable, , I believe they will improve by next home game, and have a shot at wins on the road in future!

    Go Rainbow Warriors!!

  16. I don’t get why does Enos play 13 minutes and Jawato doesn’t even play any. Jawato is way better than Enos in my opinion. when a walk-on plays more minutes than a scholarship player something is wrong. If your not going to play Jawato at least give Valdes more than 7 minutes shake my head.

  17. I don’t want to see Enos play unless it’s garbage time and Hawaii is pounding the opponent.

    Enos didn’t even play in wins vs Omaha, Norfolk St., St. Mary’s. He also didn’t play in that close loss to Boise state.

  18. I’d like to see what Gib and the squad had to say after that loss. Fotu was completely stifled, Standhardinger made some questionable passes, and Nevels couldn’t save us in the end because he fouled out. Seriously, I love Christian, I love his intensity and determination and athletic ability, but it seems at least once or twice a game he makes an ill-advised pass that results in a turnover, usually in the paint. I’d much rather see him cutting to the basket and getting the other team in foul trouble, rather than taking perimeter shots or making Shamburgeresque passes. Just really really frustrated. If you want to see the game in a nutshell, just watch the last possession (which lasted for like a minute!). They just couldn’t get it done in the paint and the perimeter shooting wasn’t there except for Nevels.

    Sorry HM, play, jj, win, UHfanz, Eagle, PW, Derek, servante, and even hf09 and Dallan. Usually just keep quiet, but I’m so pissed off. Hopefully the loss brings them together.

    Sidenote- who was running ESPN’s scoreboard during the game? It was often wrong even though the commentators and official scoreboards were correct. Did we get the D-League ESPN crew?

  19. bowsoverhoes – I think the reason why Dyrbe played is because he helped to create movement on offense and knew his defensive assignments. He didn’t stand around when he didn’t have the ball and he wasn’t taking bad shots. He entered the game for Quincy who was not having a good game and was a part of the group that brought us back from a 13 point deficit. Sham was clearly affected by personal issues.

    I can see Dyrbe playing more if Quincy doesn’t do a better job of fulfilling his role. JMHO buddy.

  20. We have to find a way to get Fotu more than 8-shots for the entire game (he was 6 for 8). Especially on the road.

  21. No Apologies Necessary, although it does show Class & Consideration of Others…

    Even from The Coach and Players,
    Just Learn from The Lessons
    WE Don’t Wanna See SO Much Junk the Rest of the Way
    All Seeing and Saying,
    Capable of So Much Better…

    ALL Comments, Contributors HERE
    JMO, TOP Notch…

    (Look What You’ve Done Dayton,
    Staff & Sposors)

  22. This was the kind of loss that just makes you want to scream. For starters, the clear one-sided reffing the whole game. Nevels fouled out, which seriously never happens. He’s not that kind of player, and I’ll be surprised if he ever fouls out again. That really hurt us in the end. Spearman must be kicking himself for missing the front end of that one-and-one. That should have been the game there, I don’t see CSUN hitting any clutch shots.

    Big time learning trip for the Warriors. Nothing is guarenteed. Hopefully they can come back and hit their stride. It’s going to be a LONG week until their first home conference game on Saturday! Lots of time to think and reflect. SENIORS need to step it up!! I know you guys got more than that.

  23. Sarconic….hey, fellow fan, no worry, you ARE a true UH MBB fan! We care, we thought perhaps team was better , could at least get a split.
    The three point shooting, questionable decisions, not being able to convert key front ends of FT’s, turnover, giving up Offensive boards, that is something Coach and team have to work out. They have about a week to do it.

    Sarconic, Eagle, and all Big Island Hank, warriorhaw, we do not want to see team regress, however, IT IS ONLY 2 games into season, if this were their 4th loss in a row, time for Major Concern. Here is where, and I hope they get Gib’s contract signed, Coach, and staff earn their pay, coach, coach, coach, teach, and have Christian, and the emotional team, WHO want to Win so badly, have control, and play as a team agains, Remember, This team , they were playing pretty well in first half, coulda, shoulda woulda, Sarconic, Eagle, and all the UH MBB fans, because, we want the Rainbow Warriors to win, and do well. I think now, they will, Coach takes the lead, on getting team better, as well as Captains, they have to shoot better, get ball inside to Fotu, more touches, however, Now Isaac is doubled and tripled team, hard to make entry passes, ..anyways, my opinion, This team will get better, Key : Peak, play outstanding ball come BWC tourney!

  24. UH MBB fans–

    , great posts, I counted comments by : Palolo Warrior,Eagle, playhoopsa, Derek, winbows1, jjay, hawaiifan09, Dallan, HawaiiMongoose, bowsoverhoes, Sarconic, BigIslandHank, Isaac, and myself Uhfanzonly1, everyone has suggestions, share disappointment, solutions to what went wrong on this road trip. I really hope, Dayton, since he is Insider with UH MBB program and has ear of Gib, to let him know, that after the Northridge game, so far, with the date of my post, there were 14 really, earnest, sincere, and keeping it real, Solid MBB fans, We were really Pissed, as Eagle like to say.
    And we still haven’t heard from servante, akuhead2, warriorhaw, Former UH Athlete, gobows, Xer21, and Chawan-cut, possibly TribeVx4, who was perhaps at the Calif road games, and Tonganator, if he got ESPN 3 feed, via satellite, or whatever provider, so another, at least, 9, for a total of 23 concerned, willing to take off from taking care of families, school kids, and grand kids, elder care, home wheelchair bound, like some of us, old age, and everyday cares…Why would some 23 post, after two Losses, Usually, in past if UH lost on the road, the boo birds come out, a handful, however, no suggestions on how to improve team, so they go back to square one, and be better BBIQ, O and D, and closing out games.

    So Possibly if the other 9 or more chime in on the loss to Poly and Northridge, Dayton, you can tell Gib that there are a lot, and many, many, views, those that don’t post, who CARE about the team, and we want to see them get as many wins as possible. I totally agree with winbows, Falls on Coach Gib and Staff , seniors, to get team focused, PLEASE NO EARLY JAN-MAR 2014 Melodrama, guys, not on board , would be devestating and team does not progress, and get better starting with Riverside.
    One thing Positive, Poly, although they trailed most of game, and were down by 18 pts, in second half, they mad a run and lost by respectable 12 points, agains, a NOW first place team, who just knocked off the most Highly rated RPI team in BWC on their home Floor, So the win over UH was not a fluke, Poly, might be a favorite to win BWC regular season title. Northridge, you could just tell they had ballers, guys could run, jump, defend, and shoot it. Athletes, so would be tough for UH, however, when UH goes into Fotu, good things happen, when the perimeter guys start hitting 9-10 three pointers, to loosen up the low block, good things happen. When the guys legs and Focus, cause them to hit key front ends of one and ones, as well as have a better shot, when time running down to win Northridge game, team competed, The Northridge game was one for UH to take and they would and we would be singing praises of team, 1-1. and just outside of first place, game behind. However, it is what it is. With Christian, Spearman .. Fotu, Shamburger, Smith, Nevels, hopefully a healed( that is the thing, Jawato should have had surgery, he is not the athlete he was before ankles went bad), and Enos, can get up to speed, it did not do to bad, except, very hard to inbound ball, the speed of the athletes, he should throw it into the backcourt like how UH opponents are doing to UH now.
    Anyways, 23-25 posts, from all backgrounds, level of BB IQ, and experiece, young and old, what is the old saying: We Bleed Green and White, Black and Silver, Orange and Yellow, we live and die, rather, live and hopefully thrive with a UH MBB team that has a lot of possible wins, 15 with probable , opening round BWC tourney game. And yes,. ONE game at a time, one week before next game, give guys to rest , rehab, go in gym and shoot 500 three pointers, shoot, 300, and make275 or them Free Throws, work on getting ball to Isaac, or if you notice the ball reversal, is sometimes so slow, form the PG, at top of circle, for split second, Nevels, Enos, even Shamburger are wide open, PG has to reverse ball quickly against zone , and UH will start hitting more 3 pointers.
    I am one of about 25, who post regularly, on this Warrior site, who want Gib to be better coach, the trainer, to do well, for those that are young and not handicapped, Jamie Smith on Jan 30 2014 will lead the Maniacs and help UH at home to try to go 8-0
    UH MBB Rainbow Warriors, the Only NCAA DI Men BB program in the great state of Hawaii!
    Now your turn Eagle, or others …Gib we want the team to get win against the High Landers, Riverside,and try to sweep, the next road games, do what you gotta do, man, the guys are ready, should be, now the 8 new guys know what it takes to get wins in a very good, athletic, BWC league.
    Forward, and get wins, Rainbows, Let’s go Bows. Warrior Time!

  25. Gib, all of the posts, true UH Basketball, fans, each have their view and opinions, Better than a few years ago, where attendance declined and Basketball was not a great fan experience at the Stan Sheriff, Thanks for the good student athletes you have brought in,
    Very sure, just by face demeanor, and body language on the court and on the bench, Standhardinger, Nevels, Smith, Spearman, Do not like to lose, They love to win, Gib go over, hours of video on the 2 losses, plus the failure, to run offensive, and defensive sets to get scores and stops., so you don’t have to press all the time. Maybe on the road, soft press, and solid, half court defense, with traps, and doubles, let the guys, play passing lanes, or get clean picks for runouts.
    My though fans, I still very much like this team, still potential to win more games than last year, and post season, tournaments, at 0-2, season is far from over. UH team, just get busy, in learning from a tough road trip, where you did not get blown out by 25 each game, however, were competitive, just have to clean up weak areas, you guys will be alright, will be there, Riverside game, come very late though becuase of work, however, usuallly after rough road trip, UH plays well and gets the W, hopefully that is what happens, and UH can go on another, winning 9 out of 10 streak, would put them at 20 wins, and be awesome. LOVE THE TEAM, you guys are a real upgrad, have to learn to win, shoot better , hold lead, and close out, hit important free throws at end of games, you guys going be Good!

  26. Dayton: will you do video interview with Stefan Jovanovich, when he is in school, starting Mon Jan 13 2014? Would be interesting to see what he thinks of playing with Negus.
    Thinking ahead to next season, Negus, skillset, would match the BWC, Jovanovich, if he can handle ball , rebound, get more physical, and play great defense, his skillset, a very tall, and big, big.
    With Isaac Fleming, coming in, that defensive minded, and team first combo guard, in addition to returning Nevels, Smith, Shamburger, hopefully improved, Valdes, Thomas, and of course, Mighty Frotu, Isaac Fotu, next year’s team, would have great size, speed,and scoring from rim to 3 line!
    Go Bows!

  27. Sorry fans, Stefan Jankovich, not Jovanovich, Stefan I, who is our current backup center.

  28. We need a loud crowd come Saturday to wake up the Stanley, the students are back and we really need Jamie’s help to get it raucous. Support the team ,they really need to win, and win BIG.
    One more word FOTU , get him the ball ,especially in CRUNCH TIME! LET’S GO WARRIORS!

  29. It was a tough loss for the team on the road. We watched it on ESPN3 here in New Zealand. Really felt for the guys, but hey, as mentioned plenty of games left. So lets go. Jamie is back, rev up the students section and


  30. I am very glad that guys are back in Hawaii, their own beds, and getting back to school tomorrow, Monday Jan. 13 2014. Also, their routine of lifting weights, for some POKE BOWL!, Shooting practice, and Gib going over scout, they have video on ALL BWC teams, now, I was alluded to, by fans, back in April May 2013, and going forward to this year, that the other BWC teams, would make additions, and be better too.

    Cal Poly, and Northridge, played teams, pretty good ones, on the road, probably money pay outs, however, they are use to playing high caliber teams. I am impressed, with Cal Poly and Northridge, not big, however quick to the rim, those infamous, athletic, quick guards who can also hit the 3. Now , Gib has to coach team, and help them to be prepared for a very Athletic Riverside team. Sound familiar fans, An athletic team, with guys who can run, jump, block shots, shoot the 3 ball, and get to the rim!

    Same like last year., Hope that, UH, with the upgrade at guard, PG and SG can stay with ALL the BWC teams. To his credit, Keith not the same since he hurt his hip flexor, if you ever had that injury, affects, your range of motion, every hit you take, hurts that area, affects his shooting, and even FT shooting , he missing front end of one and ones, as well as missing at times, two FT’s in a row, totally unlike Keith , who when healthy at beginning of the year , was hitting nearly 90% or his FT’s, Christian, really improved his FT shooting as well as Isaac.

    My thought, along with hoops and winbows, team has to defend better, half court, team and individually, help side, as well as getting ball to Fotu, timing, SPACING, in area where he is isolated, or even doubled down, he can make his spin moves left right and finish, correct the thought by another post, Fotu, should touch the ball 12-15 times, a game or more, maybe 20, however teams are packing it in on him.

    Northridge, unreal had, 4 guys on him, and he still scored and was fouled, however, Isaac, has to be able to kick out to shooters, AND the shooters, Shamburger, Nevels, Spearman, even Christian from the baseline, or FT line extended has to hit the shots. It seems, at this point, about half way through the season, 16 games in, with 14 more regular season, and possibly 3 more in BWC tournament, there are a total of 17 more games, before, a possible Post Season run. Some fans, say don’t mention it, the post season, NIT or NCAA’s, however, UH is not Omaha, where they do not have any Post season big dances, only buy in CBI and CIT, so UH can use as a goal.

    Finally, Gib, now, I don’t know if you read our posts, or maybe, as was mentioned here, Dayton, can convey,there must be a couple of hundred, maybe a couple of thousand,who were disappointed in 0-2 start,however we are still supporting the team, 100%, Gib coach them well, and turn the weak areas, shooting, spacing, defending, boxing out, shooting well from the FT line, into strengths, to win at home and especially, now , the next 2 game road swing, no less that 1-1, and think 2-0.

    Maybe, Gib you have to have your wife and daughter come on the road, and sing pre game songs , good harmony, and your team will win. STill , your team is playing exciting ball, we were rooting watching ESPN3, that lousy, TWC sports 289 and bouncing back to 290 was terrible so we went strictly online, your team almost beat the Matadors, ..have team mark it on their calendars, when Poly and Northridge, who might be top 3 or 4 in league at that time, come to SSC, payback. Team, never give up, practice shooting, the outside shot, and PG’s, SG’s

    SPACING, And Timing to get Isaac the ball in the right position. he shoots the ball, 20 times in a game, pretty sure Isaac could hit 30 pts, and have 15 rebounds, 4 blocked shots, and 3 steals, and shoot 80% or better from the line, he is good, the whole team is much much better than 0-2!
    Go Rainbow WARRIORS. ! WE cannot wait to have you guys back in action, winning against a Good Riverside team, this Sat Jan 18 2014, should be another war.

    Go Bows!

  31. Also, if Keith is not 100% , maybe have Quincy start, however, Q is not as good a perimeter shooter, and still learning playing against quick DI athletic guards, Q will be good in a few games. Good if team, after first 8 games, the first half of season, is either 5-3, or awesome, with a sweep of next road trip, 6-2, They would be in the hunt.

    I think this team, the leaders, captains, seniors, jrs. will have, or should have players only meeting, and figure out how to win at home big, and on the road, close games, to hold leads and close out. Still think UH can finish 10-6, 11-5 and top 3 or 4 Now..

    And KEITH SHAMBURGER: if hip feels better, very sorry for death and loss of your dear aunty, that is really sad, and affected you, …if she was a great BB fan of yours, she would want you to just be a Baller, KEITH, do us a favor, and become

    the SJSU, combo guard you were, 13 points, about 5 assists, a couple of steals, and solid from the line. Have to LOOK FOR YOUR SHOT, a lot of times in games at SSC and watching you on the road, you have the opening, or guys are giving you a tiny space with their screen, YOU SHOULD SHOOT IT, you can hit 3 or 4 three pointers, in game, key times, it will open up things for all the guys, down low, and on the wings, PLUS, Keith and Quincy, you have to move that ball, against

    the zone, as another post stated, faster, Nevels, Spearman, are sometimes, wide, wide open for a second, and you are still trying to get it to Fotu, when he is triple teamed, 1)Shoot More Keith, will help team if you average 11-12 pts , 5 assists a game, with your 85% FT line, 2) look for Nevels, Enos, and Spearman, on the wings, they are wide open, when the two PF’s are locked up down low.

    Guaranteed, Keith and Quincy, look for the other perimeter shooters, when they are open, and the Bigs are doubled, your team will score more in early part of game, and have controlling leads. 3) the guys that get the pass from Keith and Q HAVE TO MAKE THE SHOTS…So guys, UH MBB team , back to the gym, work the two, or three man game, set screen, and guards, move ball, get to shooter that split second they are open,4)Keith you might be one of the smaller PG’s on the West Coast however your desire and heart is of a guy that is 6’4″ tall, sometimes, take it to the rack. HOWEVER, when you are 100% or 90% then you can go to the cup.

    Keith you and Quincy, Spearman, Nevels, and Enos, Jawato, when in sync and hitting shots, on offense, here and away., along with shutting teams down with your D, you can win a bunch of games., As Gib says, still at minimum, with the first round BWC tournament game, at least 15 games, so a lot to play for.

    Don’t give up, get better, physically, Spearman,Q, Jawato, and Now Shamburger, and AV, and Basketball wise, work on your outside shooting and a better more crisp, half court offense to free up the bigs inside and the perimeter guys when open..Practice, Practice, and more Pracitice, then get the W on the court.Love this team as winbow says, we ALL do , from Kapalama to Aussie Mum, and the Tonganator!

    Go Bows!!

  32. It’s BIg West Title 2014, anything less is a failure. We got the horses , we got the talent. Let’s go get it. !! The anxious fans have been waiting for a banner year, no babying anybody , no more excuses ,no more Vander -the most selfish Warrior in recent years, we have guys who play for each other , that can get the job done, focus, and just do it .

  33. The team is fine… Season not lost. Just have to regroup, and make the open shots. UH executed well down the stretch but just didn’t make the shots.

    Coming back from 13 down the final minutes and having a good look to win the game shows me this team if tough minded.

    Fotu needs the ball more… He’s by far the most efficient player on offense and he’s now attracting instant double teams, which opens up somebody else.

    Standhardinger and Shamburger are both in shooting slumps and UH seemingly will NEVER get a break from the refs. Once Standhardinger and Shamburger get back to their norms, UH will roll.

    It’s not overly surprising UH went 0-2 on the road, but that’s nowhere near as surprising as UCSB losing at home to a marginal Poly team that always has issues on the road.

    UH has a favorable schedule once this stretch of road games is done, so the BW standings will look a lot different in a few weeks. Poly and Northridge will eventually fall back to earth. UCI is the interesting team because of their absurd size. I don’t think they have much talent, but their size causes matchup problems. UCSB and Hawaii are still the two most talented teams and I predict both will be near the top of the standings once things are all said and done.

  34. ALSO: GIB have team play much better team and individual defense,cannot let, some of those athletic wings, the Maxwells, Eversleys go to the rim at will, have to put a body on them, Fotu, Standhardinger, or Spearman, have to keep them from crashing the boards.,
    Basically Gib: Fundamentals, Better Defense for BWC personnel, which has really imrpoved from last year, and Shoot the ball from perimeter and FT line much better, than close out games, cherish ball , 13 turnovers a game, not bad, assist to TO ratio good, just the untimely TO, even getting the blocking call, or touch call, which, had Nevels foul out of two games, I am sure Garrett , he is smart will learn.

    One Ohana Eagle: Riverside Dance, Go Bows, Victory Imua, and play good D , Dyrbe, and hit the corner shots, they have to go down, 3-3, and it will help team..

    1)DEFENSE OF BWC athletes, must be better,
    2) Shooting from 3 line, and FT line…UH MBB Rainbow Warriors will win a lot of games, and contend in the BWC tournament in Anaheim.
    Dallan, the team has to have goal in mind, keep motivated, first GOA? GET First Victory at home this Sat Jan 18 2014, Then, go and try to sweep on the road, then come home for a 4 game homestand to get even with the front runners.
    Imua, Go Bows!


  35. jjay, UH was picked to be 6th in conference… Expectations aren’t BW title or bust. I thought the prediction was ridiculous and anywhere from 2nd to 4th would have been a fair predictor.

    Talent is near the top of the BW, but the road conference games for UH are always going to be an issue no matter how good or bad the team is. I expect this team to be in the top 3 with a shot at the reg season title down the stretch.

  36. Former UH Athlete: Always concise, either, things you notice UH as to work on, if they need harder critique, you do, no diluted comments, and yet FUHA, you always keep on the POSITIVE SIDE.

    This team, from the battle with NMSU, where, to the last 30 seconds, they almost made a comeback to tie at SSC and that tremendous showing against top 25 team Mizzou on the road, the DHC excellent showing, and a gritty win against an outstanding Omaha team.

    We could tell, that UH had potential for a higher than 6 place finish, FUHA, remember the WACky WAC, with those travels of thousands of miles, time zones and elevations? Here, UH is going across, HST, AST, to PST, so a time difference of 2 hours, with the day lite savings time. UH will figure it out, even after 2 consecutive losses early in season to NMSU and Mizzou, team got better, much better.

    I agree, there is STILL a large contingent, that 3800-4000, and now students return, so possible 4500+ non school nite, and 5000+ on Saturdays, starting against Riverside, and with Jamie Smith being back, UH will play well, Gib has to

    earn his paycheck, and get that dang contract, shoots Bachman hall, same old same, take forever, however, he lock in for couple of years, can go out and continue to recruit, great , talent from 1 through 5 spots, This year, I say, UH will

    make a run for Big or Little dances, and next year with Negus, Stefan II Jankovich, Isaac Fleming, a super strong SF/PF, and possibly a French/Sengal 6’10”-7’0″ shot blocker athletic, Gib has the makings of a great team for about 3 or 4 years running!
    Go Rainbow Warriors it is Winning time Warrior time!

  37. Frustrating is the word. The team comes all the way from 13 down only to blow multiple chances at the end.I really thought that when they made that run they were going to win. And what are the odds that you will miss 4 opportunities at the end? And to miss free throws at the end is like giving the game away. There is some luck involved in scoring at the end. But free throws?—if you want to get anywhere as a basketball team you gotta make your free throws down the stretch. Hey if Shaq could make’m when it counted, everyone else should make’m too. I think Gib should re-focus on free throw shooting in practice again. The team clearly needs it.

    But I do believe that this team learns from their mistakes and will come back even better. They almost pulled a miracle in this game. I give them credit for coming back. And like someone said, there are a lot more games to be played. Cause it’s not how you start, it’s how you end that counts.

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