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Warriors run past Portland State, 83-75

Eddie Stansberry scored a career-high 28 points to lead the University of Hawai’i to a 83-75 victory over Portland State on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Stansberry, a 6-foot-3 senior guard, made his first six 3-point attempts of the game, and finished 6 of 7 from 3-point range, 8 of 15 overall, and 6 for 6 on free throws.

The Rainbow Warriors improved to 3-1, while the Vikings dropped to 1-2.

Three other Hawai’i players scored in double-figures: Drew Buggs with 13, Samuta Avea with 12, and Zigmars Raimo with 10. Raimo also led the Warriors with 14 rebounds and seven assists.

The Warriors had the lead for almost the entire game, but could never pull away comfortably from Portland State.

The Warriors led by as many as nine points in the first half, including a 38-29 advantage with 3:30 remaining in the half. The Vikings responded with a 9-0 run to tie the score at 38, but Buggs hit a driving jump shot with two seconds remaining to give Hawai’i a 40-38 lead at intermission.

Stansberry scored 14 points in the first half, including 4 of 4 shooting from 3-point range. Freshman guard Justin Webster, who sat out the first three games with an ankle injury, made his collegiate debut in the first half and hit a 3-pointer.

A driving dunk by Raimo put the Warriors ahead 61-54 with 12:57 remaining, and Hawai’i maintained the momentum the rest of the way.

The Warriors will hit the road this weekend, and their next game will be at Illinois on Monday. The next home game will be on November 24 against New Orleans.

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

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