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Warriors fall to Princeton, 77-63, in Diamond Head consolation final

Princeton broke away in the second half for a 77-63 victory over the University of Hawai’i basketball team on the final day of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic on Christmas Day at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Tigers improved to 7-7 and finished in fifth place in the tournament. The Rainbow Warriors went 1-2 in the tournament to drop to 8-4 overall while finishing in sixth place.

Mike Thomas broke out of a recent slump with 22 points and seven rebounds to lead Hawai’i. Brocke Stepteau added 15 points, and Gibson Johnson and Sheriff Drammeh scored nine each for the Warriors.

The Warriors struggled to make shots from the free-throw line and beyond the 3-point line. They went 9 for 20 on free throw (45.0 percent), and 2 for 11 from 3-point range (18.2 percent).

The score was tied at 31 at intermission, but Princeton opened the second half with a 12-2 run to take control. The Warriors did not get closer than eight points in the game’s final 14 minutes.

More details will be posted later.

(Game photo courtesy Chris Kadooka)

3 Comments

  1. Free throws.
    Hawaii hit 75%..and 18% on threes.
    Different game.Next .. guaranteed win against Howard on Friday
    Hawaii enter bwc play 9-4
    Good chance to get 20 wins
    BWC tournament winner goal.

  2. What an embarrassing loss on national television. Free throws were the difference in this otherwise should have been winnable game. Where was jack purchase? I don’t understand why he was on the bench in the second half. If we can’t beat a sub par Princeton team on our own home court, we’re in for a long bwc conference season…

  3. Princeton made 7 more 3FG’s than UH.

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