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Princeton tops Warriors at Pearl Harbor, 75-62

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Another slow start for the University of Hawai’i basketball team proved costly in a 75-62 loss to Princeton on the second night of the FS1 Pearl Harbor Invitational on Wednesday at Bloch Arena, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam.

Continuing a recent – and disturbing – trend, the Warriors fell behind early. This time, they never recovered as Princeton controlled the game from start to finish.

Hawai’i dropped to 4-5, including 0-2 in the Pearl Harbor tournament. It is the first time since the 2014-15 season that the Warriors lost back-to-back games. Princeton improved to 3-4, including 1-1 in the tournament.

Although there were no official standings, Seton Hall finished 2-0 in the tournament and Cal was 1-1.

A big difference in this Hawai’i loss came at the 3-point line. The Tigers shot 10 for 24 (41.7 percent) from beyond the arc, while the Warriors were 4 for 19 (21.1 percent).

Gibson Johnson led the Warriors with 19 points on 6-of-10 shooting;Noah Allen also scored 19 to break out of a recent scoring slump, and Brocke Stepteau scored seven.

Princeton hit two 3-pointers during a 10-2 surge to open the game, and then held off several mini-runs by the Warriors.

UH’s Johnson drained a long 3-pointer as the shot clock expired to make it 10-5, but the Tigers then responded with an 11-4 surge to increase the lead to 21-9 with 13:51 remaining in the first half.

Sheriff Drammeh scored on a three-point play – he was fouled while scoring on a driving layup and made the subsequent free throw – to get Hawai’i within seven at 26-19.

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The Tigers came right back with a 10-0 run during a three-minute stretch to push the lead up to 36-19 with 5:06 remaining in the half. Princeton eventually took a 43-23 lead at intermission.

Princeton’s Steven Cook, a 6-foot-5 senior forward, had 17 points and seven rebounds in the first half. He had five total 3-pointers in the six games prior to Wednesday, but went 5-for-7 from 3-point range in the first half against Hawai’i. He finished with a team-high 21 points and nine rebounds.

The Warriors scored the first seven points of the second half to cut the deficit to 43-30. Less than five minutes into the second half, Hawai’i was within 10 points, 47-37.

The Warriors would not get closer than nine, however, and the Tigers eventually built their lead back to 66-46 with 9:08 remaining.

More details will be posted later.

(Game photos courtesy Brandon Flores)

Wednesday’s Results
Seton Hall 60, Cal 57
Princeton 75, Hawai’i 62

Tuesday’s Results
Cal 62, Princeton 51
Seton Hall 68, Hawai’i 57

2 Comments

  1. It takes time. First full Ganot loaded team. They never give up and fight till final buzzer. Do not know how they will do on road, however Big West play warriors will be ready. Ganot good young coach. Still say they will 19 or more games. Just keep improving guys.

  2. Hey RunBows, glad to have you back !

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