Diamond Head Classic: Hawaii vs. UTEP

A Diamond Head Classic boogie board and mascot Chunkie the Pineapple. / Photo by Brian McInnis

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.


Buggs sneaked his way past two defenders for layup to extend UH’s lead to 64-60 with 37.8 seconds to play.

Bryson Williams swished a 3 to close the Miners to 64-63.

But Buggs hit the final three free throws to send the Rainbow Warriors into the second round against 22nd-ranked Washington.

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Samuta Avea led UH on a personal 7-0 run to cut the deficit to 51-50.

Avea hit a 3, then parlayed a feed from Drew Buggs into a thunderous dunk. He ended the run with a fadeaway jumper.

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The Miners scored six points in a row — four on free throws — to take a 37-31 lead into the intermission.

The Warriors had gone on a 7-0 run to tie it at 31, a stretch that included Eddie Stansberry’s 3, the ‘Bows first successful trey of the half.

UTEP’s Bryson Williams led the way with 14 points.

UH freshman Bernardo da Silva came off the bench to score nine first-half points.

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Daryl Edwards steals the ball at mid-court, then drives for a layup to widen UTEP’s lead to 29-24 WITH 3:21 left in the first half.

Reserve guard Kaden Archie exited after picking up his third foul.

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UTEP’s Bryson Williams is heating up, scoring eight points on four baskets no farther than 3 feet from the hoop.

The ‘Bows, meanwhile, have missed both their 3-point shots.

UTEP leads, 23-21, with 704 left in the first half.

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Zigmars Raimo is showing his multi-skilled talents. He fired a pass to freshman Bernardo da Silva to tie it at 14 with 11:55 left in the first half.

At the other end, Raimo made a two-handed rejection of Souley Boum’s driving shot

It’s 14-all at the second media timeout.

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It’s 8-all at the first media timeout.

UTEP’s dynamic Bryson Williams has four points.


  1. Matt December 22, 2019 7:48 pm

    The fact that Hawaii forced UTEP to 10 fouls despite only committing 6 is glaring, despite only trailing by 6. But 5 missed free throws, all on Da Silva could practically be the big difference in Hawaii facing Ball State for a chance at 5th/6th or Washington to a potential 3rd/4th. Come on, guys! We gotta get more offense running!

  2. cappie the $2000 dog December 22, 2019 9:56 pm

    Da Silva is the anomaly, in regard to our bigs. He had to slow down his game. His performance tonight reminded me so much of Tony Akpan when he figured out how to play. Same scenario, too; leaps and bounds made within the season as a freshman. The execution by everybody down the stretch gave me chills. The Buggs layup, like wow. They’re going to lose to Washington, but if they win the third game, it should be good enough for them to crash the top 100 in the RPI.

  3. CUQ December 22, 2019 9:59 pm

    It was a great win in which so much was going wrong for Hawaii but they some how found a way by not quitting. The SSC needs to do better with the floor wipers. Players on both teams were slipping. Start with better mops.

  4. cappie the $2000 dog December 22, 2019 11:24 pm

    I’m glad you brought up the floor wipers. I thought I was the only one.

    At women’s volleyball games, the floor wipers seem happy to be there. At men’s basketball games, the floor wipers look embarrassed. It’s even worse when the Rainbow Dancers are situated in front of them. They affect nonchalance, trying their best to appear cool.

    UTEP’s team manager looked mad. He was wiping the floor with his shoe.

  5. Aaron December 23, 2019 12:36 am

    this team is fun to watch. it is a shame that more people do not come out to support them. They beat a quality team with Da Silva and Avea leading the way – who ever knew that could happen?

  6. Kahuna December 23, 2019 4:24 am

    UTEP team manager can blame their own coach and not the floor wipers.
    The UTEP coach take their team to the free throw line area during timeouts and have their huddle there. What do you think going to happen when a bunch of sweaty athletes sitting on the playing area during a timeout dripping sweat.

    Also their were a lot of diving and flopping going around by both teams.

    There ball boys are too young. Need to get older ones or adults who are will to do the job but I don’t think there more slipping from any other game.

  7. Buffoman December 23, 2019 6:06 am

    For UH to move to the “next level” , I believe that they will also need to be a consistent “threat” at the free throw line. The team has not excelled at the line and this will play into an opponent’s strategy to go harder on both end knowing that fouling may very well not hurt them as their opponent has a poor percentage there. last night they left a lot of points on the table at the free throw line forcing them to make those free point up elsewhere.

  8. Aiea 7 December 23, 2019 7:23 am

    the biggest weakness of the bows are the two big guys ( 7 footers). only raimao nd DaSilva are any good. they must get a big center who is moble, quick, able to dunk and shoot and jump. the two big guys should be dunking when they are in close but they choose to layup or take a soft shot, which will likely be blocked they the other team’s big and quick center. how can it be a seven footer cannot dunk? the espn announcers made this observation last night.

  9. cappie the $2000 dog December 23, 2019 8:54 am

    NBA Mock Draft: Jaden McDaniels(#6) Isaiah Stewart(#14) Nahziah Carter(#46)

    Earlier this season, I got as close as I could to the Pacific bench without looking weird and snapped a picture of Damon Stoudamire. I might do the same thing tonight. I haven’t taken a picture of our guys since the team banquet following the 2001-2002 season. My takeaway from that night was that Carl English was a quality person.

  10. SteveM December 23, 2019 11:09 am

    UH – BYU blog score predictions

    15 – 13 … Akamai Okole
    27 – 24 … [collegefootballnews.com]
    27 – 24 … NorthShoreFan
    28 – 27 … [mwcconnection.com]
    41 – 38 … Whitey
    45 – 41 … BigWave96744
    51 – 24 … wafan
    56 – 10 … Kekoa (in memorium)
    72 – 45 … SteveM (2001 HI-BYU score)*
    – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – –
    24 – 31 … [cbssports.com]
    28 – 31 … [Athlon Sports]

    * Rolovich passed for 543 yards and 8 touchdowns

  11. ai-eee-soos December 23, 2019 3:17 pm

    Football transfer portal, from MWC news …


    RB Fred Holly entered the transfer portal.

    WR John Johnson entered the transfer portal.

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