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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 […]

Basketball live blog: Hawaii vs. Hawaii Pacific

By Stephen Tsai on December 11, 2020

James Jean-Marie scored 21 points and Mate Colina added a career-high 17 to power UH to an 83-50 rout of HPU tonight in the Stan Sheriff Center. * * * * * The ‘Bows used their inside game to construct a 30-25 lead at the intermission. Mate Colina, the tallest player on the court at 7 feet, scored nine first-half points on 3-for-5 shooting. UH’s other post, James Jean-Marie contributed six. The ‘Bows scored 18 points in the paint, and […]

ON THIS DATE IN 2004: Super time had at Midnight Madness

By Jerry Campany on October 16, 2020

On this date in 2004, UH’s annual opening of practice went completely overboard. From Riley Wallace dressing up like Darth Vadar to Bobby Nash as Indiana Jones to Tricia Nishimoto playing the part of UH strength coach Tommy Heffernan, a good time was had by all. Wallace’s preference was his three assistant coaches dressed up as the Three Amigos. Nash hit four 3-pointers but Jeff Blackett scored 11 points to win the Green-White scrimmage. Deonte Tatum won the dunk contest […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Drew Buggs narrows transfer choices to 3 schools

By Stephen Tsai on April 22, 2020

Describing it as the “hardest” move he has had to make, point guard Drew Buggs finalized his decision to leave the Hawaii basketball team. Buggs, who entered the NCAA transfer portal in March, said he has narrowed his next school to Iowa State, Missouri or Loyola Marymount. Iowa State is where his parents met. Buggs said he hopes to make a decision this weekend. I just want to say my thank you The University of Hawai’i. I was blessed to […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Jessiya Villa transferring to Chaminade

By Stephen Tsai on April 9, 2020

Jessiya Villa is taking his basketball talents less than a mile away. Villa, who redshirted as a UH freshman this past season, is transferring to Chaminade. He entered the NCAA’s transfer portal two weeks ago. “Coach (Eric) Bovaird and I have had a relationship even prior to my graduation at Kahuku,” Villa said. Villa’s grandfather, Bill Villa, is retiring in June as Chaminade’s athletic director. Villa was born in Hawaii but grew up mostly on the mainland. He enrolled at […]

Hawaii men’s basketball: Dawson Carper transfers to Missouri State

By Stephen Tsai on April 8, 2020

Dawson Carper, who has completed two seasons with the UH basketball team, confirmed he is transferring to Missouri State. Carper had entered the transfer portal two weeks ago, citing a desire to attend a school closer to his family’s home in Colorado Springs. Missouri State’s Springfield campus is 640 miles away. pic.twitter.com/k8Yq7CVTkn — Daws (@Dawson_Carper) April 8, 2020 Carper based his decision largely on conversations with MSU coach Dana Ford and forward Gaige Prim. “It’s tough because you can’t visit […]