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No. 6 Miami pulls away late from Warriors, 75-57

For about 25 minutes, the University of Hawai’i basketball team stayed right with the No. 6-ranked team in the country. Then Miami proved its worth in the game’s final 15 minutes of a 75-57 win over the Rainbow Warriors on the opening night of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

The game was closer than the final score indicated, and the Warriors became the first team this season to hold a second-half lead against Miami.

Dewan Huell led the Hurricanes with 16 points on 7-of-10 shooting, and also grabbed six rebounds. Ja’Quan Newton also scored 16 points on 6-of-11 shooting, and Anthony Lawrence II added 11 points on 5-of-7 shooting. Miami improved to 10-0, and advanced to the tournament semifinals.

Hawai’i dropped to 7-3, and will face Davidson in a consolation game at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. It will again be televised nationally on ESPNU.

Sheriff Drammeh led the Warriors with 17 points and four assists, and Leland Green scored 10. Jack Purchase added nine points and 12 rebounds.

Hawai’i fell behind 10-2 in the opening minutes, but responded with an 11-2 surge to take a 13-12 lead with 12:02 remaining in the first half. Stepteau and Buggs hit back-to-back 3-pointers to highlight the surge.

Hawai’i increased its lead to 18-14, but the Hurricanes then went on a 12-4 run to regain the lead at 26-22. The Warriors managed to tie the score at 33-all at intermission. Drammeh scored nine of his 12 first-half points in final four minutes of the first half.

A 3-pointer from the corner by Leland Green gave the Warriors a 36-35 lead moments into the second half. It marked the first time this season that Miami trailed any opponent in the second half of a game.

The Hurricanes eventually took the lead, and a 9-0 run increased their advantage to 57-44 with 10:50 remaining. Miami gradually increased the lead the rest of the way.

More details will be posted later.

Friday’s Results
Middle Tennessee 69, Princeton 67
USC 84, Akron 53
New Mexico State 69, Davidson 68
Miami 75, Hawai’i 57

Saturday’s Games
11:30 a.m. – Middle Tennessee vs. USC
2:00 p.m. – Princeton vs. Akron
5:00 p.m. – New Mexico State vs. Miami
7:30 p.m. – Davidson vs. Hawai’i

Monday’s Games
7:30 a.m. – Consolation game
9:30 a.m. – Consolation game
1:00 p.m. – Championship game
3:30 p.m. – Third place game

1 Comment

  1. Good competition only makes you better for BWC play. Go get Davidson Steph Curry’s Alma mater
    Go Bows warriors
    Miami good team
    Hawaii hit threes. Good sign.

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