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Jan 4, 1997: Anthony Carter adds outside game in upset of New Mexico

By Jerry Campany on January 4, 2021

On this date in 1997, the Hawaii men’s basketball team served notice that it was the team to beat in the Western Athletic Conference. Hawaii whipped its fan base into a frenzy as Anthony Carter scored 19 points in a 75-62 victory over No. 16 New Mexico in front of 7,197 at the Special Events Arena. Micah Kroeger was next with 15 points and Alika Smith added 14. New Mexico sat back and dared Carter to shoot from long range […]

JAN 3, 1982: Riley Wallace gives Larry Connors his shot

By Jerry Campany on January 3, 2021

It did Larry Little‘s heart good to see Larry Connors break out on this date in 1982. Racky Sesler went coast-to-coast for a layup and Hawaii beat Oral Roberts 80-78 before 2,708 fans at the Blaisdell Arena. The Rainbows were coming off a successful Rainbow Classic and were so drained that Little, their head coach, was ordered to stay away and let assistant Riley Wallace coach the team for a game. Wallace turned to sixth-man Connors in the game and […]

JAN 2, 1952: Ed Edralin to Fred Furukawa saves the day

By Jerry Campany on January 2, 2021

On this date in 1952, former Saint Louis star and future Circle of Honor inductee Fred Furukawa made UH fans pull a U-Turn. Hawaii beat Memphis State 68-61 in two overtimes at the Civic Auditorium long after fans seemed to give up on the Rainbows. Hawaii trailed 49-47 with 15 seconds left and the crowd filing out when Ed Edralin stole Phil Hodson‘s inbounds pass and flipped it to Furukawa, who laid it in for the tie game. Hodson had […]

JAN 1, 1947: Buddy Abreu gives Hawaii its first Pineapple Bowl

By Jerry Campany on January 1, 2021

No rainbow, no problem. On this date in 1947, Hawaii won its first Pineapple Bowl with a 19-16 win over Utah. In previous games, a rainbow over the field was credited with sparking UH rallies but in this one the rainbow didn’t show until after the game. Honolulu Advertiser reporter Andrew Mitsukado called it “the most thrilling football game ever played on a local gridiron.” Hawaii led 19-7 before the Utes scored with 4 minutes left. The Rainbows were stuck […]

Coach Laura Beeman cautious, optimistic as Wahine prepare for road trip

By Jerry Campany on December 21, 2020

By Paul Honda A week ago, Laura Beeman saw her Rainbow Wahine struggle in an 82-74 loss to Division II national powerhouse Hawaii Pacific. Hawaii’s loss to the long-range gunners of HPU was an eye-opener in the first of two nonconference games on the COVID-19 ravaged schedule. It wasn’t in the plan to lose, but Beeman had already chosen the right path for her team, which includes six freshmen. She let them travel home for Thanksgiving weekend. “We knew coming […]

ON THIS DATE in 1961: Earl Harbin’s return home pays off

By Jerry Campany on December 15, 2020

Earl Harbin went from a star at Kamehameha to fourth string at Oregon State to starting quarterback for a winning Hawaii squad. On this date in 1961, Harbin threw two touchdowns and Hawaii beat the Kaimuki Spartans 19-18 in front of a crowd of 750 at Honolulu Stadium. The victory clinched third place for Hawaii in the Athletic Association of Hawaii. Faasuka Lutu scored all three of Kaimuki’s touchdowns and later enrolled and played at UH. Harbin completed 13 passes […]

ON THIS DATE IN 2002: Rainbow Wahine punch ticket to New Orleans

By Jerry Campany on December 14, 2020

The Hawaii women’s volleyball program was insulted about being sent to Nebraska and took it out on the hosts. On this date in 2002, Lily Kahumoku and Kim Willoughby had 25 kills each and the Rainbow Wahine beat the Cornhuskers 30-25, 25-30, 30-27, 30-21 to advance to the Final Four at New Orleans. Hawaii was seeded sixth while Nebraska was seeded third. Hawaii ended Nebraska’s 63-match home winning streak. The run was short lived, however, as UH got swept by […]

Live football blog: Hawaii vs. UNLV

By Stephen Tsai on December 12, 2020

Hawaii ended the season with a rush — lots of them — in a 38-21 defeat of UNLV tonight at Aloha Stadium. The Warriors ran for 295 non-sack yards — their best ground effort since gaining 323 in the opener — and five rushing TDs. UH quarterback Chevan Cordeiro was 20 of 33 for 252 yards. UH ends the abbreviated season at 4-4. UNLV finishes 0-6. * * * * * Matthew Shipley connects on a season-long 44-yard field goal […]