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Warriors rally past Colorado in OT, 70-62

Eddie Stansberry scored 18 points and Zigmars Raimo and Jack Purchase each added 14 points today to help Hawai’i rally past Colorado in overtime, 70-62, in the consolation bracket of the 10th Annual Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

A sparse-but-vocal crowd of about 3,500 and national TV audience on ESPNU watched Brocke Stepteau add 13 points for the Warriors, who improved to 7-5 and will play for fifth place against either Rhode Island or Charlotte at 10 a.m. Christmas Day. McKinley Wright scored a game-high 20 points and Lucas Siewert added 19 points for the Buffaloes, who fell to 8-2 and into the seventh-place game.

UH point guard Drew Buggs broke a 59-59 tie with a 3-pointer at the 3:38 mark in OT, and Purchase followed with another 3-pointer from the left wing to stretch the lead to 65-60 with 52.5 seconds remaining. The Warriors then converted five of six free throws down the stretch to seal the victory.

The teams played to a 24-24 deadlock in the first half, but Hawai’i opened the second half with an 8-2 run and led, 34-26, four minutes in after Stansberry’s 3-pointer from the right corner off of Raimo’s jump pass. Colorado responded with an 11-3 run capped by Siewert’s layup to tie it again at 37-37 with 11:13 remaining in regulation.

The Buffaloes eventually took a 52-46 lead after an 8-2 run culminating in Siewert’s three-point play with 3:57 left, but the Warriors answered with a 9-2 surge capped by Stehteau’s driving layup with 29.5 seconds remaining to put UH ahead, 56-54. Wright then tied it with an eight-foot bank shot and was fouled with 16.9 ticks on the clock, but could not complete the three-point play.

The Warriors missed a chance to win it on the final possession, sending the game into overtime.

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

Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic
Sunday’s Games

Indiana State 84, UNLV 79
2:00 p.m. – Hawai’i 70, Colorado 62
5:00 p.m. – Bucknell vs. TCU (ESPN2)
7:30 p.m. – Rhode Island vs. Charlotte (ESPNU)

Tuesday’s Games
*8:00 a.m. – Colorado vs. TBA (ESPNU)
*10:00 a.m. – Hawai’i vs. TBA (ESPNU)
1:30 p.m. – UNLV vs. TBA (ESPNU)
4:00 p.m. – Indiana State vs. TBA (ESPN2)

* Potential Hawai’i game

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