Warrior Beat

Expanded coverage of UH football, including practice notes, game analysis, recruiting info and observations on the Mountain West Conference.

About the blog host

Stephen Tsai covers University of Hawaii football for the Star-Advertiser. Follow him on Twitter @StephenTsai and sign up for the Hawaii football newsletter here: http://www.hawaiiwarriorworld.com/email-signup/

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SoFi Hawaii Bowl live blog: Hawaii vs. BYU

By Stephen Tsai on December 24, 2019

Cole McDonald throws four scoring passes and rushes for another touchdown, and Khoury Bethley made a game-saving interception to boost Hawaii to a 38-34 victory over BYU in the SoFi Hawaii Bowl. The Warriors finish the season 10-5. >> PHOTO GALLERY: HAWAII VS. BYU * * * * * Cole McDonald fires a 24-yard scoring pass to Nick Mardner to give the Warriors a 38-34 lead with 1:17 to play. * * * * * After Jake Oldroyd connects on […]

Live basketball blog: Hawaii vs. No. 21 Washington

By Stephen Tsai on December 23, 2019

Freshman Isaiah Stewart scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to boost No. 21 Washington to a 72-61 victory over Hawaii and into the championship game of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. Zigmars Raimo led UH with 15 points and 15 rebounds. >> PHOTO GALLERY: HAWAII VS. WASHINGTON * * * * * The Rainbow Warriors are making a mini rally, closing to 47-41 on Drew Buggs’ 3 from the top of the key. The ‘Bows missed 23 of […]

Diamond Head Classic: Hawaii vs. UTEP

By Stephen Tsai on December 22, 2019

FINAL: Drew Buggs scored Hawaii’s final five points to spark a 67-63 comeback victory over UTEP in the opening round of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic. >> PHOTO GALLERY: HAWAII VS. UTEP FINAL: #HawaiiMBB 67, UTEP 63 UH (8-3) advances to the @DiamondHeadClsc semifinals for the first time since 2015. No. 22 Washington awaits at 6 pm Monday night on ESPN2. pic.twitter.com/VE1GM6aRRc — Hawaii Warrior World (@hawaiiwworld) December 23, 2019 Here’s #HawaiiMBB’s shot of the night from point guard […]

Hawaii football: Running back Dae Dae Hunter commits

By Stephen Tsai on December 17, 2019

The top running back from one of the nation’s top high school football teams has accepted a scholarship offer from the University of Hawaii. Daveon “Dae Dae” Hunter of Chandler (Ariz.) High said he will sign his national letter of intent Wednesday morning, the first day football prospects may put their binding commitments in writing. The Rainbow Warriors are expected to sign about a dozen players, including defensive lineman Kemon Smith of Blinn College. BLESSED BEYOND MEASURES ! I’m 100% […]

Live Basketball Blog: Hawaii vs. Samford

By Stephen Tsai on December 15, 2019

The Hawaii basketball team overpowers Samford, 94-73, before 2,978 in the Stan Sheriff Center today. Eddie Stansberry led the way with 23 points. Freshman Justin Webster hit four 3s and finished with 15 points. Zigmars Raimo accumulated seven points, 11 rebounds and eight assists. The ‘Bows are now 7-3. * * * * * * The ‘Bows have scored seven in a row — and 13 of the last 15 — to widen their lead to 72-45. Freshman Justin Webster […]

Live Football Blog: Hawaii vs. Boise State for Mountain West title

By Stephen Tsai on December 7, 2019

Boise State beats Hawaii, 31-10, to win the Mountain West title. ******** The Warriors can’t take advantage of Kai Kaneshiro’s interception. On fourth-and-5, Cole McDonald is sacked. The Broncos take over, with 6:08 left and a 31-10 lead. * * * * * Miles Reed scores on a 21-yard run to cut UH’s deficit to 31-10 with 12 minutes to play. Reed rushed for 59 yards during the eight-play, 75-yard drive. * * * * * The Broncos don’t waste […]

Hawaii football: Nick Rolovich is Mountain West Coach of Year; Cedric Byrd named to first team

By Stephen Tsai on December 4, 2019

Hawaii’s Nick Rolovich today was named the Mountain West Conference’s Coach of the Year. The Rainbow Warriors, who were picked to finish fourth in the West Division, are 9-4 and will play Boise State in Saturday’s Mountain West championship game in Boise. “I’m grateful for the coaching staff and the support staff and the effort these players put in this year,” Rolovich told the Honolulu Star-Advertiser. Rolovich said he does not seek individual awards. “I try to win games,” he […]

Basketball live: Hawaii vs. Hawaii Pacific

By Stephen Tsai on December 1, 2019

Hawaii wins, 58-41. The ‘Bows improve to 6-2. The Sharks remain at 2-2 (this one doesn’t count on their record). * * * * * The ‘Bows are on a 8-0 run, as their lead has swelled to 39-21. The play of this surge was freshman Justin Webster’s cross-over move for a layup on the break. * * * * * UH leads, 25-15, at the half. * * * * * Eddie Stansberry is helping the ‘Bows pull away. […]