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Gameday: Utah Valley

By Brian McInnis on December 17, 2017

In what’s considered a toss-up game, Hawaii has a hurdle to clear in the form of Utah Valley before it settles in for the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Utah Valley (7-4), a former junior college program that formerly went by Utah Valley State, has been in Division I for 15 years. The Wolverines have steadily been on the rise under third-year coach Mark Pope, who’s brought in a bevy of D-I and junior college transfers. UVU doesn’t do a […]

Gameday: Hawaii Hilo

By Brian McInnis on December 9, 2017

Let us pause and take a moment of appreciation for the Hawaii basketball team’s steadiest performer. That would be fourth-year junior point guard Brocke Stepteau, the 5-foot-9 walk-on wonder who delivered once again for the Rainbow Warriors coming off the bench on Wednesday night. Stepteau is shooting an eye-popping 64.5 percent from the field through seven games for UH (5-2) going into tonight’s contest against Hawaii Hilo at the Stan Sheriff Center. His season-high 16 points on 3-for-5 shooting (7-for-8 […]

Gameday: Prairie View A&M

By Brian McInnis on December 6, 2017

Hawaii’s seven-game homestand through the month of December begins now, against Prairie View A&M of the SWAC. Drew Buggs is back in the starting lineup after his season-high 14-point game in Saturday’s 20-point loss at Utah. Will the season trend — the point guard coming off the bench outplaying the starter — endure tonight? Brocke Stepteau has been very steady in almost any situation. UH (4-2) actually has a pretty strong RPI — it was 120 as of the start of […]

Gameday: Nevada

By Brian McInnis on November 24, 2017

Of course Hawaii is doing a Greenout on Black Friday. That’s a very Hawaii-esque thing to do. You know what else is? Beating Nevada at home. UH did that with regularity until its last few years in the WAC, when the Wolf Pack went on a 10-game overall streak against the ‘Bows. As it is, UH leads the series in Honolulu 11-5. If UH (3-0) is to remain unbeaten after tonight, it’ll take quite some doing against Nevada (5-0). The […]

Stallworth leaving program

By Brian McInnis on November 24, 2017

Jaaron Stallworth’s Hawaii basketball career will go down as a few DNPs. Stallworth is leaving the Rainbow Warriors, according to sources. The third-string point guard has not been at recent practices and is not expected to be on the bench for UH’s matchup with Nevada tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound sophomore who transferred from Yuba College will likely look to transfer out at the semester break. The Elk Grove, Calif., native did not appear in UH’s […]

Toeaina hauls in PoW

By Brian McInnis on November 20, 2017

Sarah Toeaina’s clutch performance resulted in her second career Big West player of the week honor. Toeaina got the nod today, a day after she hit the game-winning free throws in Hawaii’s 64-63 overtime win over San Diego in the Rainbow Wahine Bank of Hawaii Classic. UH (3-1) needed all of Toeaina’s 20 points against the Toreros (3-1); she had a number of big buckets late. She averaged 18.0 points and 5.0 rebounds, and shot 15-for-29 (51.7 percent) in UH’s […]

Gameday: Troy

By Brian McInnis on November 13, 2017

After his career-best night against North Dakota, forward Mike Thomas had some final thoughts on how his team can go 3-0 in the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic by beating Troy tonight. “We gotta defend for a full 40 and not put guys on the line,” said Thomas, who went for 29 points and 11 rebounds while shooting 12-for-16 against the Fighting hHawks. “We’re still committing little silly fouls, hand fouls. They’re calling it pretty tight. To start the year, they […]

Gameday: North Dakota

By Brian McInnis on November 12, 2017

They’re not the Fighting Sioux or the Fighting Nobodies. They’re the Fighting Hawks. North Dakota feels established with its new nickname and identity coming off some controversy in recent seasons. (They had to ditch the Fighting Sioux name because it was deemed offensive, and have been the Fighting Hawks since 2015 after going without any name at all for a few years. But if you have a guy named Geno Crandall, who’s able to go for 37 points in a […]