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Warriors cruise past Mississippi Valley State, 77-48


Aaron Valdes scored 17 points and grabbed six rebounds and Mike Thomas added 16 points and six boards tonight to help Hawai’i roll past visiting Mississippi Valley State, 77-48, in non-conference men’s basketball action.

A fun-seeking crowd of 3,570 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched point guard Roderick Bobbitt add five points, five rebounds and five assists as the Rainbow Warriors improved to 10-2. The Panthers remain winless at 0-14.

UH jumped out to a 5-0 lead and quickly extended it to 15-4 and 18-6 after an 11-2 run ignited by Stefan Jankovic’s slam dunk and punctuated by Valdes’ two free throws with 12:32 remaining in the half. The Rainbow Warriors later strung together a 13-2 surge started by Isaac Fleming’s jumper from the right corner and capped by Thomas’ layup off a Bobbitt assist to make it 34-11 with 5:15 left, and then finished the half with a 9-3 run to lead 43-16 at the break.

Mississippi Valley State could not get closer than 25 points in the second half, and Hawai’i stretched the lead to 58-24 seven minutes into it, at which point it started to replace starters with deep reserves.

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

(WarriorInsider.com file photo courtesy Matt Osumi)


  1. Still looking for some 20pt games from MT, Jovanovic, Sai, etc…
    Good game. Go Bows !

  2. akuhead2,

    MT, Jovanovic, Sai could have each had 30 points easily if it weren’t for the fact that Ganot played most of our reserves for a good portion of the game.

  3. I’m happy for the guys that work hard in practice filipovich, stepteau, enos, buescher got to play

  4. I think…

    Another Good WIN…
    UP To #65 POMEROY Rating
    ‘MAYBE’ Get Lucky and Join Top 68 in The Big Tourney
    (The Better You Are The Luckier You Get)
    Top 100 ‘Are Deserving’ of Top Two Tourneys…

    I Like:
    That EG’s System Extends Effectiveness throughout the bench,
    So that 1 thru 14 everyone maintains their Spacing
    Starters Can Find their teammates, Pass Effectively
    Rebound and Run the System No Matter who’s in…
    So That throughout the whole game
    They could effectively Run the System
    Even Stretch out, instead of give up The Lead
    (At Least against MVSU…)

    Though…WHAT A Difference…Versus DHC
    Better Scheduling?
    Team Would Probably Grow Better with Another Pre-Conference Road Challenge or two…
    (Although, Rather Have ‘Em at home where we CAN Watch ‘Em…)

    Maybe Pursue: BOTH: Challenge of POST-Season Ban AND Foreign Tour
    Eliminating the Bogus Ban would be Fair to Returning Players
    ADD Jack Purchase and a Good Recruit or Two
    Another AV-Type Walk-On(?) to OVERCOME Scholie Restrictions
    Food For Thought AND AD Action…

    Better Than Bottom 300 Type Teams…
    Maybe Another Three or Four-Team, Round Robin or Bracket Type Tourney…

    Hope Tonight WAS The Start of the Mike Thomas Break-Out
    GO ‘BOWS!

  5. how was attendance? pretty small, thought that excitement from DHC UH showing would carry over.. thought so.. UH and Ganot not bring in Good product. opponents. fans stay home..don’t blame them

    Howard University, I think Artie was saying they feature the NCAA DI MBB leading scorer in the nation.. 29 ppg. should be better more competitive game I think.
    that little 5’11” guard for the Bisons. seems like he takes a lot of shots. and makes Free throws at a good clip.
    More competitive game I hope.. this playing against RPI 338 or 380 or whatever. not great for fans. good for bench..

    Want to see UH and Ganot play Irvine , UCSB, LBSU, Cal Poly and UC Davis… Riverside. still think. that UH at 51 rpi. or maybe drop to 60 with games against Howard and MVS… they are still not there yet.. BWC play that is THE REAL deal.
    Go Bows/ Warriors !

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