Gameday: High Point

Hawaii rode to a win over Cal State Bakersfield on "Star Wars Night."
Hawaii rode to a win over Cal State Bakersfield on “Star Wars Night.”

Hawaii shoots for its third Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic title in five years late Monday night (and early Tuesday morning) against High Point University.

The other HPU (UH beat Hawaii Pacific University in a preseason exhibition) is the latest opponent in the annual ESPN College Hoops Tip-off Marathon, for which UH has been the late-night link at the Stan Sheriff Center for all seven years of the event’s existence.

UH is 4-2 in those games. Here’s the list.
>> 2008: Hawaii 67, Idaho State 63, OT
>> 2009: Northern Colorado 81, Hawaii 75
>> 2010: Hawaii 65, Central Michigan 62
>> 2011: Hawaii 86, Cal State Northridge 67
>> 2012: Hawaii 73, Houston Baptist 60
>> 2013: New Mexico State 95, Hawaii 88

Can UH make it 3-0 to begin Benjy Taylor‘s tenure as coach? Well, High Point could provide a stiff test. Like UH, the Panthers also defeated Arkansas-Pine Bluff and Cal State Bakersfield over the first two days of the tournament.

HPU was without reigning Big South Player of the Year John Brown in Friday’s wild 4OT win over Bakersfield for team reasons, but Brown returned in Saturday’s 12-point win over Pine Bluff with 19 points. He’ll be a challenging frontcourt presence to overcome. Guard Devante Wallace was lights out against Bakersfield, shooting 7-for-11 on 3s en route to 32 points — he’ll also have to be respected.

While UH has gotten solid production so far from Roderick Bobbitt, Negus Webster-Chan and Aaron Valdes, it will need Garrett Nevels to steady his shooting. Mike Thomas and Isaac Fleming haven’t shot it well yet, and Quincy Smith has struggled with turnovers. Overall, though, the Rainbow Warriors have stepped up when it’s counted in the second half.

There’s also a chance Sammis Reyes could see his first official game action tonight.

Tonight’s ESPN2-televised game tips at 11:59 p.m. It should be another typically rowdy crowd in the late-night general admission setting. Students will be allowed to enter the arena 15 minutes before everyone else, so they’ll be taking some of the prime seating.

The midnight game never has the usual numbers from the crowd, but it definitely has the enthusiasm.

The game promotion is “blackout night.” The first 700 students receive black glow-in-the-dark T-shirts. The student with the best sign (with or without the ESPN acronym) receives an iPad prize.


  1. Chicken Grease November 17, 2014 11:33 pm

    Whooo hooo, T-minus 30 minutes, roughly. Get that high point, b-ball Warriors

    [also, prayers for the Jerusalem Synagogue terror attack, which happened about 4 hours ago.]

  2. obachan November 18, 2014 1:57 am

    Lack of inside offensive threat killing Hawaii.

  3. obachan November 18, 2014 2:10 am

    Can’t fault the effort but they threw away the game.

  4. 808WarriorFan November 18, 2014 12:23 pm

    It’s a good thing Riley Wallace did not take an Interim job; this team would drive him crazy. If you recall Riley likes his teams to pass the ball around; this team you get 1 or 2 passes in the half court and some one is putting it up.

    Was there last night / this morning and really wanted to see “Slammin’ Sammis” get some game time…..

  5. cocobean November 18, 2014 4:55 pm

    #4. I was just telling someone that in the last 5 minutes or so it was like watching 5 Christian Standhardingers playing. High energy, great effort but everyone looking to score on their own.

    High Point was not a big team. It’s not that we didn’t have an inside threat for this game it more like we didn’t know how to post up and work the ball in. HPU won the game with teamwork. Teamwork on both ends of the floor. They executed their defensive game plan of holding down Webster-Chan, Valdez,and Nevels. On offense they got the ball to Brown.

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