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Warriors roll past BYUH in exhibition, 97-74

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Sheriff Drammeh scored a game-high 19 points, Noah Allen added 15 points and eight rebounds, and Leland Green contributed 13 points tonight as the University of Hawai’i rolled past Brigham Young-Hawai’i, 97-74, in exhibition men’s basketball action.

A small-but-delighted crowd of about 1,500 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched the debut of six new Rainbow Warriors, including Allen, Johnson and Gibson Johnson, who added 12 points and seven boards. Another newcomer, Matt Owies, scored 12 points and grabbed three rebounds. Jack Purchase, who sat out last season as a redshirt, contributed 11 points, six rebounds and five assists.

UH jumped out to a 12-4 lead in the first four minutes and never looked back. After the Rainbow Warriors stretched the lead to 27-9, the Seasiders started to claw back and eventually closed it to 32-25 after Tanner Nelson’s baseline jumper with 4:19 remaining in the first half, but that was as close as they would get.

Hawai’i extended the lead to 44-30 by halftime and BYUH could not close the gap in the second half.

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

(Game photo courtesy Brandon Flores)

4 Comments

  1. akuhead2: Your question from the previous post … I believe it was the Mormon Church’s decision to discontinue intercollegiate athletics at its BYU-Hawaii campus. In the early 2000s, it did the same to a campus in Idaho.

  2. Well first of all, WI has the 2016-17 BB schedule listed under the 2015-16 schedule title at the top of the page. Right schedule, wrong title.

    And so the next game is Nov 11 aginst SIU-Edwardsville of the Ohio Valley Conference (6 – 22 last year).

  3. Correction, first game is against Texas State. SIU-Edwardsville plays against Florida Atlantic.

    Our defense was spectacular at some points the last few years, especially at times when it counted. Let’s hope this years team can play some defense.

  4. Only an exhibition, but here’s what stood out to me:
    Drammeh looks ready to take the next step.
    Green looks smooth and athletic. Very active on defense and on offense without the ball.
    Johnson is a vet and it showed. He’ll be a steady force for us.
    Purchase had some great passes. We need him to be the 3pt threat.
    Owies was very impressive and poised for a freshman. The trio and core of him, Green and Buggs can be really, really great in the future.
    Allen looks like a pure scorer.

    I think it’ll be a fun year. This team has the potential to really lockdown on defense.

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