Basketball live: Hawaii vs. San Francisco

Hawaii sought to deal San Francisco its first loss of the season on Friday night. / Photo by Brian McInnis

FINAL: Hawaii uses a late 14-1 run and Drew Buggs’ career-high 25 points to beat previously unbeaten San Francisco, 85-75. UH improves to 5-2.

It’s 58-all after Jordan Raitanen came off a screen and swished a 3 from the top of the key.

The Dons had zipped off six points in a row when UH point guard Drew Buggs was on the bench.

But a technical against the Dons for flopping and Zigmars Raimo’s free throw boosted UH.

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In his best game of the season, point guard Drew Buggs reaches the 20-point mark for the first time in his career. Buggs is back to his old self, with step-back and cross-over moves.

UH leads 51-49 with 12 minutes left.

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The Dons score 13 of the first 21 points of the second half to close to 47-43 with 15:14 to play.

The surge was led by 7-foot Jimbo Lull, who sports a beard, man bun, and smooth scoring touch. Lull already has surpassed career highs in points (23) and 3s (3).

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Lively battle between USF’s 7-foot Jimbo Lull and UH’s Eddie Stansberry.

Lull has 14 points on two 3s and several twisting moves for hooks and layups.

Stansberry made the play of the first half when he received a bounce pass from Zigmars Raimo and crafted an off-balance, reverse layup over … Lull.

It’s 32-26 UH with 2:43 left in the first half.

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After missing their first five 3, the Dons’ tallest player — 7-foot, 252-pound Jimbo Lull — buried two treys.

UH’s 21-11 lead is now down to 23-19 with 8:20 left in the first half.

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The Dons entered averaging nearly 12 3s per game. But against the ‘Bows’ contracting man defense, the Dons have been held to 0-for-3 shooting from outside the arc at the 11:19 mark.

The ‘Bows have hit three of four 3s and lead 18-11.

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The ‘Bows go outside-inside to take a 5-4 lead at the first media timeout.

Samuta Avea came off a screen to drain a 3 at the top of the key.

On the next possession, Dawson Carper took a slip pass and powered his way for a layup and a 5-4 lead.

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It’s a Fabulous Five night with one of the Rainbows’ most successful teams celebrated as honorary captains.

In tribute, the ‘Bows are wearing retro white uniforms with a rainbow logo on their pants.

It should be fast-paced. San Francisco loves to run … and shoot 3s.


  1. cappie the $2000 dog November 29, 2019 10:37 pm

    south dakota has a rpi of 52.
    san francisco has a rpi of 122.
    hawaii has a rpi of 143.

    but san francisco is #20 in the mid-major top 25. and south dakota is unoffically ranked at #27. upset or not an upset; choose your metric.

  2. sackkabooya November 30, 2019 12:11 am

    Considering all the injuries and the youth I choose upset. Good team, good Conference (San Francisco). Long season. Can still get healthy.

  3. turfwar November 30, 2019 2:21 am

    Easily one of the best played game wire to wire in the time Ganot has been head coach. Wish Eran a speedy recovery but this coach has the team jelling at a rapid pace. His substitution pattern and ability get everyone involved and contributing over the course of a game is special.

  4. cappie the $2000 dog November 30, 2019 5:16 am

    that was an aesthetically pleasing game to watch, not just rote duty. i’m particularly excited about stansberry improved ability to get to the basket. when garrett nevels added this component to his game, his long-range shooting went off the rails. stansberry is shooting near-50% and he’s uh’s leading scorer. for hawaii, that is duke-like.

  5. islandman November 30, 2019 9:27 am

    Stephen doing triple duty, wrote about basketball, baseball and football in today’s paper. Gave the edge in all three phases to UH vs Army. But Army has a better scoring defense average, at the least.

  6. A-House November 30, 2019 9:40 am

    why is the San Diego St game blog still open?

  7. A-House November 30, 2019 9:47 am

    a big shout out to our long lost Tsaikos on the mainland — Brew808; expat; djmitchco; Uku; Rich 1230; Hawnstly; Garret; 99 club; other Texan; committed road warrior; NY Warrior; etc!

    hello to alanbama who posted recently

    be/stay healthy, be happy — health & Happiness are part of the best things in life!

  8. SteveM November 30, 2019 11:09 am

    A-House — I still have a web page of our previous mainland and international posters up, although I have not updated it in a couple years. But you will see many old friends who I know you have met at road games over the years…

    In those days, posters told their resident city and the listing helped some find fellow UH football fans nearby. If they met in person, they could form a “chapter”. Note the chapter does not formally exist.

  9. NorthShoreFan November 30, 2019 12:37 pm

    Watching some great games to day.
    Alabama just got messed up by the officials. Supposedly last play of the game and time expired. Auburn wanted a review that allowed them to get the FG team on the field and in place. Auburn wanted 1 second put back on the clock. Review after review and I didn not see any “CLEAR” evidence that the runner was down with all the mass of players, to over turn the call of time expiring. Officials gave Auburn 1 second. FG was good from 52 yards. Wonder if Alabama will ply the rest of the game under protest.
    Anyways…….hoping the Warriors will leave no doubt tonight……!!!

  10. NorthShoreFan November 30, 2019 1:09 pm

    Alabama Auburn is one hell of a game!

  11. winning November 30, 2019 2:17 pm

    Maitland gotta review and negotiate a better deal for UH. UH always seems to get the shaft. Come on do yuour job. Heck with CBSSN.

  12. NorthShoreFan November 30, 2019 2:30 pm

    I have to say, I do not understand the Illegal Substitution rule. I’ve seen referees hold up play until players get off the field then singal play. Today, they let play go before players were off the field. Result, penalty and a first down…game over.
    However, this was a really good game….Alabama goes down!

  13. cappie the $2000 dog November 30, 2019 3:23 pm

    door is wide open for utah.

  14. cappie the $2000 dog November 30, 2019 5:25 pm

    dru brown is in the game. kind of painful to watch. fourth and two, he threw to the sidelines low and underneath the first-down marker. i forgot. oklahoma will easily leap-frog over utah. nobody wants utah in the college football playoffs. c’mon, dru. remember at air force.

  15. Yoshi November 30, 2019 6:34 pm

    I’d rather us play a BYU team that wins today than loses.

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