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Warriors soar past Portland, 82-64

Zigmars Raimo scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Brocke Stepteau added 16 points and four assists tonight to help Hawai’i win it’s men’s basketball season opener against visiting Portland, 82-64, in the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic.

A curious crowd of about 3,400 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched Jack Purchase contribute 15 points and five assists, Eddie Stansberry add 12 points and four boards and Samuta Avea 10 points and seven rebounds. Former Maryknoll High School student Marcus Shaver, Jr., scored a game-high 19 points to lead the Pilots, who fell to 1-1.

The Warriors will host Humboldt State at 7 p.m. Saturday on Day 2 of the Classic.

Raimo scored on a layup at the halftime buzzer to give UH a 36-34 lead at the break, and the Warriors opened the second half with a 17-3 run capped by Stepteau’s 3-pointer from the top of the key to put the them ahead, 53-37, with 13:32 remaining.

Hawai’i later extended the lead to 69-50 on Purchase’s 3-pointer from the right wing with 6:04 left, and Portland could not get closer than 11 points the rest of the way.

The three-day tournament will continue with two more games on Saturday. Hawai’i will face NCAA Division II team Humboldt State at 7:00 p.m.

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

Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic
Friday’s Results
North Texas 93, Humboldt State 48
Hawai’i 82, Portland 64

Saturday’s Games
North Texas vs. Portland, 4:30 p.m.
Hawai’i vs. Humboldt State, 7:00 p.m.

Sunday’s Game
Hawai’i vs. North Texas, 6:00 p.m.

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