Couple of quotes from UH’s big hoops win

Saint Mary’s coach Randy Bennett was not in a very good mood after Hawaii edged his team at the buzzer in a Diamond Head Classic game on Monday night. Can’t say I blame him — some of the first -half calls that got his team in foul trouble were a little sketch. Regardless, a great win for UH which made the plays when needed. The Rainbow Warriors are a very entertaining team that will make noise in the Big West and maybe beyond.

Here’s what Bennett had to say afterward, followed by a few quotes from UH coach Gib Arnold (got to his postgame presser late because I had to wait outside of Saint Mary’s lockerroom quite a while.

Q: “You stayed with Hawaii the entire game but couldn’t get over the hump.”

A: “We played well.”

Q: “Anything on the officiating, was it called to tight?”

A: “Don’t even tease me with that question.”

Q: Hawaii made strong runs at the end of the first half and start of second half. Any comment on that or what they did?

A: “Ah, they played downsize. We got in so much foul trouble early, in that first half. And they played downsize. We didn’t do a very good job defensively, again. We’re really struggling there. But we couldn’t play much better offensively.”

Q: “This is a bit awkward to talk about right now, but it’s no secret your name came up a lot when the Hawaii job opened up three years ago. Any comment?”

A: “Rumors. Straight rumors. There was nothing there. (Former Saint Mary’s AD and current UH associate AD) Carl Clapp’s here. He’s a good guy. That’s my one connection to Hawaii and I have a lot of respect for this program and school, it’s a good place.”

Here’s a long Gib Arnold answer to a question I got in at the end of his post-game talk with reporters:

Q: “Where does this win rank for you?”

A: “I haven’t had a lot of time to think about it, but as far as the win itself it’s a great win against a great team. 24 RPI, they win 20, 27 games a year. A program that’s where we want to be. I was in the WCC with Randy Bennett. We were stepping all over them and they took over a last place team. I told that story to my team that they’re where we want to go they’ve done what we want to do. They’ve done the heavy lifting. They’re a program. we’re a team that occasionally plays good basketball.

“A big step to becoming a program is beating another program and we did that tonight. It’s a big win especially big coming off a tough, tough loss. I think that adds to it.

“Again, I found that … as a coach I learned a lot about my team today because of the circumstances. what I learned pleased me as a coach.

“We’re not there. We’ve got to play a really good Pac-12 team. Every year we call every single Pac-12 team and ask them to play us, home and home. We’re told no every single time. Now we’ve got a shot at one.

“The guys from L.A., the West Coast guys are excited about the game on Christmas (against Oregon State.”


  1. K-Bay December 25, 2013 4:44 pm

    Sloppy, Didnʻt Need to be Close…

    BUT Good WIN

    OVER a PAC-12 Team…

  2. tommui December 26, 2013 7:27 am

    A win by any other name is still a win.

    A win is a win is a win.

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