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Warriors rout HPU, 79-55, in Laie

Photo courtesy www.brandonfloresphotography.com

Kamaka Hepa had a double-double of 13 points and 12 rebounds, and Noel Coleman added 13 points to lead the University of Hawai’i basketball team to a 79-55 romp over Hawai’i Pacific on Saturday afternoon at Cannon Activities Center in Laie.

The Rainbow Warriors improved to 3-1 with the victory over the NCAA Division II Sharks.

JoVon McClanahan and Harry Rouhliadeff added 10 points each, and Bernardo da Silva had eight points and nine rebounds for Hawai’i.

The Warriors raced to a 10-0 lead to open the game and stayed comfortably in front the remainder of the way. Hawai’i eventually took a 43-23 lead at intermission, with freshman forward Harry Rouhliadeff contributing 10 points off the bench.

Hawai’i shot 58.6 percent from the field in the first half and dominated the rebounding, 21-8.

The Sharks got as close as 12 early in the second half, but the Warriors used a 10-2 surge to pull away again. The end of the game turned into a blowout, with Hawai’i increasing its lead to 71-41 with 5:18 remaining.

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

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