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Warriors take over first place with rout of UC Irvine, 74-52


The University of Hawai’i basketball team shot its way to the top of the Big West Conference with a resounding 74-52 victory over UC Irvine on Thursday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

A raucous crowd of 8,578 (9,826 tickets issued) watched the Warriors tie a school record with 14 3-pointers en route to taking over sole possession of first place in the Big West.

Hawai’i improved to 19-3 overall and 8-1 in the conference; UC Irvine dropped to 18-7 and 7-2. The teams will meet again in Irvine, Calif., on February 20.

Roderick Bobbitt had 23 points, seven assists and six rebounds to lead the Warriors. He shot 6 of 10 from 3-point range.

Aaron Valdes added 16 points, three 3-pointers, and nine rebounds; Sai Tummala shot 4 of 7 from 3-point range and contributed 12 points.

Hawai’i shot 14 for 30 from 3-point range, tying the record for most 3-pointers in a game set by the 2001-02 team that advanced to the NCAA Tournament.

The score was tied at 11 early in the first half, then Hawai’i broke away with an 11-0 run. Tummala hit two 3-pointers and Bobbitt added one during the surge.

The Warriors eventually took a 38-21 lead at intermission, with Bobbitt accouting for 12 points on 4-of-7 shooting from 3-point range.

The Anteaters got as close as 12 early in the second half, but the Warriors put it away for good with another barrage of 3s. Bobbitt hit two more 3-pointers and Valdes added another during a 13-7 run that put the Warriors ahead, 51-33, with 12:15 remaining.

Hawai’i will remain at home for another game on Saturday against Cal State Fullerton.

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

Thursday’s Other Big West Results
at Long Beach State 73, Cal Poly 70
UC Santa Barbara 72, at UC Davis 66


  1. Great defensive performance and the three balls were raining down.

  2. Great wins by Wahine and Warriors!!

  3. wow i didnt think they would win by that much that’s a straight spank

  4. Straight smash…this is what our team is capable of…even without Fleming

  5. Eran’s recruits played well too. Sai 19 minutes, 4 for 7 on 3pt FG’s, 12 pts, 4 rbs, 3 assists, 1 steal.
    Sheriff, 24 minutes, good defense,1 three, 1 assist, 1 rebound, 3 steals, one steal from Ndiaye.

    Niko also tied up or stole the ball from Ndiaye and had 2 assists. Stef played 27 minutes well, 6 pts, 6 rbs, 1 steal and 2 blocks to zero for Mamadou.
    They played as a team as Eran said.

  6. Shooting (14 of 30 from 3-point range) and sharing (20 assists on 25 baskets.) made for a rout.

    Great crowd (1,100 students) made for an awesome atmosphere. Only three home games left to see this team.

  7. Seeing Niko tie up Ndiaye… that was a special moment.

  8. JUST WIN BOWS!!!!!!!

  9. Great Game, Rod!
    First-Team ALL-BWC Point Guard
    Great Shooting, Rod, Sai and AV
    Tough Boards & Defense

    Kinda Like Our Chances of Pulling Out a Second Win
    In the Re-Match
    Isaac ‘should be’ Back, Janks likely to Play Better
    Team HAS Been Tougher On he Road

    Similar to that Truck-Drivin’ Video Time-Out
    IN The Driver’s Seat
    Winning Minimum Six of Next Seven
    Earns NIT Berth
    Just Keep Winning, ‘Bows !

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