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Warriors fall to Seton Hall, 68-57, in Pearl Harbor Invitational


A scrappy effort could not overcome cold shooting for the University of Hawai’i basketball team in a 68-57 loss to Seton Hall on the opening day of the FS1 Pearl Harbor Invitational at Bloch Arena, Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam on Tuesday.

Brocke Stepteau scored 17 points off the bench, and Gibson Johnson had 12 points and seven rebounds to lead the Warriors. Hawai’i dropped to 4-4, while Seton Hall improved to 6-2.

Hawai’i shot just 32.1 percent from the field (18 for 56), but stayed within single-digits of the Pirates for most of the game. The Warriors also committed 18 turnovers, which led directly to 25 points for the Pirates.

In what has become a trend in recent games, the Warriors had to climb out of an early hole.

UH’s first three possessions resulted in turnovers, allowing Seton Hall to race to a 7-0 lead, less than two minutes into the game. The Warriors rallied with a 10-1 surge that gave them a momentary 10-8 lead with 14:09 remaining in the half. Johnson scored five points during the surge, including a 3-pointer.

The Pirates eventually regained the lead, and then took control with a 12-2 run that gave them a 29-18 lead with 4:26 remaining in the first half.

Seton Hall eventually took a 33-25 lead at intermission. Hawai’i shot just 25 percent (7 for 28) from the field in the first half, and committed 12 turnovers.

The Warriors went with a starting lineup of Sheriff Drammeh and Leland Green at guards, Noah Allen and Jack Purchase at forwards, and Johnson at center. Allen, the team’s leading scorer entering the game, went scoreless for the game on 0-for-7 shooting.

Hawai’i got as close as 46-40 after Stepteau scored five consecutive points – including a 3-pointer with 10:48 remaining in the second half.

The Warriors would not get closer than six the rest of the game, although the Pirates did not pull away until the final three minutes.

Khadeen Carrington led the Pirates with 19 points, and Angel Delgado added 16 points and 14 rebounds.

More details will be reported later.

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

Wednesday’s Games
Cal vs. Seton Hall, 2:00 p.m.
Hawai’i vs. Princeton, 4:30 p.m.

(Game photos courtesy Brandon Flores)


  1. Doubt it would happen, but IF the NCAA gives Hawaii back its two scholarships for this season, Stepteau should get one of them.

    In the ever-evolving starting lineup, one I’d like to see: Stepteau, Drammeh, Lewis, Purchase and Johnson.

  2. Good hustle, poor execution. The easily avoidable turnovers really killed us.

    Would like to see more full court pressure.

    Need guys to be aggressive and attempt more steals a la Quincy and Bobbitt.

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