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Warriors shut down Hawai’i Pacific, 58-41

Eddie Stansberry scored 15 points to lead the University of Hawai’i basketball team to a 58-41 victory over Hawai’i Pacific on Sunday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Rainbow Warriors improved to 6-2 with their third consecutive victory. It was an exhibition game for the NCAA Division II Sharks, and the final result and statistics will not count for them.

It will count for the Warriors, who also got nine points, five assists and five rebounds from Drew Buggs, and eight points each from Samuta Avea and Dawson Carper.

Buggs scored on UH’s opening possession for a 2-0 lead, but the Warriors then missed their next eight consecutive shots and fell behind 6-2.

The Sharks had a 9-4 lead after the first eight minutes of the game, but Hawai’i rallied with a 9-0 surge to take a 13-9 advantage. Led by Stansberry’s 13 first-half points, the Warriors took a 25-15 lead at intermission. Hawai’i out-scored HPU 21-6 over the final 11 minutes of the first half.

HPU shot just 6 for 28 (21.4 percent) from the field in the first half, including 0 for 10 rom 3-point range.

The Warriors increased their lead to 44-23 midway through the second half, then held off the Sharks the rest of the way.

The Warriors’ next game will be on the road – December 7 at nationally-ranked Oregon. The Ducks were ranked No. 10 in the last week’s Coaches Top 25 Poll.

The next Hawai’i home game is scheduled for December 15 against Samford.

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

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