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No. 21 Washington holds off Warriors, 72-61

Freshman Isaiah Stewart scored a game-high 26 points grabbed 13 rebounds and Quade Green added 11 points tonight to help No. 21-ranked Washington hold off Hawai’i, 72-61, in the semifinals of the 11th Annual Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

A loud and rowdy crowd of about 4,500 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched the lengthy Huskies use an effective extended zone to improve to 10-2 and advance to Wednesday’s 3:30 p.m. championship game against Houston. Justin Webster finished with a career-high 16 points and Zigmars Raimo added 15 points and 15 boards to lead UH, which fell to 8-4 and into the third place game against Georgia Tech at 1:30 p.m. Christmas Day. That game will be televised on national TV via ESPN2.

Stewart, an athletic 6-foot-9, 250-pound freshman, was virtually unstoppable near the basket against the Warriors’ rotation of 7-footers Dawson Carper and Mate Colina and 6-9 Bernardo Da Silva. Offensively, Hawai’i struggled mightily from the field, making only 7 of 31 attempts (22.6 percent) in the first half, including only 1 of 14 shots (7.1 percent)  from 3-point range. For the game, the Warriors were 21 for 74 (28.4 percent), including 9 for 39 (23.1 percent) from beyond the arc.

Eddie Stansberry, who entered the game as the Warriors’ leading scorer at 18.5 points per game, misfired badly for the second straight night and finished with only five points on one made 3-pointer and two free throws. He was 1 for 17, all attempts from beyond the arc.

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

Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic
Monday’s Results
Boise State 85, Portland 69
Houston 70, Georgia Tech 59
Washington 72, Hawai’i 61
UTEP 71, Ball Sate 70

Wednesday’s Games
8:30 a.m. – Portland vs. Ball State
10:30 a.m. – Boise State vs. UTEP
1:30 p.m. – Hawai’i vs. Georgia Tech
3:30 p.m. – Houston vs. Washington

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