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Hawaii basketball teams lick wounds

By Brian McInnis on February 24, 2019

Taken in concert, that was a wallop of a week for the Hawaii men’s and women’s basketball teams. The Rainbow Warriors and Rainbow Wahine entered it with identical 7-4 records in the Big West Conference. In the case of the Warriors, that was good for third place, behind only UC Irvine and Cal State Fullerton, with five games to play. In the case of the Wahine, it was even better — good for a tie for second place with Cal State […]

Rainbow Warriors basketball: Purchase buys record

By Brian McInnis on February 17, 2019

No one could keep a handle on Jack Purchase this time. Not Zane Johnson. Not Cal Poly. And certainly not UC Riverside. Purchase, who was content to mostly play decoy against the Poly Mustangs on Thursday, was the catapult that knocked down the wall keeping Hawaii (16-9, 7-4 Big West) from top-three standing with five games to play. UH sniped away with impunity in an 87-64 romp over the Riverside Highlanders on Saturday. Purchase scored 23 points on 8-for-12 shooting, […]

Rainbow Warrior basketball: ‘Bows win Valentine’s rock fight

By Brian McInnis on February 14, 2019

Most of the Valentine’s Day match between Hawaii and Cal Poly was a battle only a mother could love. A typical rock fight between the teams ensued basically right after tipoff Thursday night. But as has been the case in most of the Mustangs-Rainbow Warriors battles of late, the ‘Bows had more rocks in their satchel, resulting in a 75-54 Rainbow Warriors runaway. It was billed as the night that Jack Purchase would likely own the Hawaii career 3-point record […]

Hoops Night: UH vs. Cal Poly

By Stephen Tsai on February 14, 2019

It’s another night of Big West basketball when Cal Poly and Hawaii meet in the Stan Sheriff Center. The Mustangs are 5-17 overall and 1-8 in the Big West. The ‘Bows are 14-9 and 5-4. * * * * * * Keep an eye on: > Cal Poly guard Donovan Fields. He’s only 5-10, but he’s extremely quick and he can score (16.0 points per game). > UH’s Jack Purchase, who needs a 3-pointer to tie Zane Johnson’s career record. […]

Eletise’s signing, Purchase’s shooting, Thomas’ status

By Stephen Tsai on February 10, 2019

It was a significant announcement when offensive lineman Michael Eletise announced he was transferring from Arizona to UH. Here’s what it means: > Roll the credits: As a Kaiser High senior, Eletise was a consensus 4-star prospect. He was named as ESPN’s ninth-best offensive tackle. He was named to the Star-Advertiser’s All-State first team. He received more than 30 offers, including Alabama, Florida, LSU, Oklahoma, UCLA, USC … well, you get the picture. > Line dance: He is 6-3, 315 […]

Game day: UH at Long Beach State

By Stephen Tsai on February 7, 2019

For the second time in eight days, Hawaii and Long Beach State will meet in a basketball game. This time it’s in the Pyramid. Both teams are seeking to rebound. The ‘Bows imploded in the past Saturday’s second half when UC Santa Barbara scored 45 points on 65.4 percent shooting (including 71.4 percent on 3s). The 49ers won their first two Big West games, then lost the next five. On Saturday, they fell to UC Irvine, 82-80. The 49ers have […]

Avea takes his shot to Long Beach

By Brian McInnis on February 5, 2019

Hawaii takes another shot at its first Big West men’s basketball victory at Long Beach State on Thursday. Sophomore wing Samuta Avea is taking his shot, too. “We haven’t done well in the Pyramid, so we’re ready to change that,” Avea said with conviction in front of assembled media outside the Stan Sheriff Center. Behind him, the team prepared to board the bus to the airport at noon Tuesday. For one of the first times in his young career, he […]

Gaucho oucho

By Brian McInnis on February 3, 2019

There are setbacks, and then there’s what happened to Hawaii on Saturday night. UC Santa Barbara thoroughly demolished the Rainbow Warriors in the second half in rolling to a 75-54 road victory, turning what was a battle for temporary top-three standing in the Big West into a referendum on who can and can’t compete for a title in the conference. The lackluster way UH played, and as sound as Santa Barbara was at both ends, led one to believe that […]