Hawaii basketball falls at Illinois; Eddie Stansberry honored by Big West

The going got tough for reigning Big West Player of the Week Eddie Stansberry, seen here against Pacific on Nov. 11, and Hawaii in a 66-53 loss at Illinois on Monday. / Photo by Bruce Asato, Star-Advertiser

Hawaii senior guard Eddie Stansberry was named the Big West’s Player of the Week after averaging 27.0 points in victories over Pacific and Portland State.

But the celebration was short-lived.

Stansberry and point guard Drew Buggs combined to shoot seven of 26 in the Rainbow Warriors’ 66-53 road loss to Illinois today in Champaign, Ill.

It was the ‘Bows’ eighth setback in as many meetings against the Illini.

It was tied at 26 at the intermission, and the ‘Bows cut a 10-point deficit to 52-47 on Zigmars Raimo’s lay-in with 7:19 to play. But the Illini reeled off 14 of the next 16 points to move out of reach.

The ‘Bows did well denying 7-foot, 290-pound center Kofi Cockburn in the first half. But Cockburn feasted in the low post after that, finishing with 15 points and 14 rebounds.

Illinois took advantage of UH’s aggressiveness — and non-aggressiveness — in hitting 15 of 23 free throws. The ‘Bows made two of three. The ‘Bows also were called for a hook-and-hold and two flops.


  1. ai-eee-soos November 18, 2019 10:08 pm


    BEAT them AZZTECS !!!

  2. H-Man November 18, 2019 11:27 pm

    BasketBows bothered by the bright lights. Shooting was off; 3/22 from 3-pt range. Free throws significantly in favor of the Illini. Hawaii 2/3l Illini 15/23. What ? Yeah, Hawaii shot only 3 free throws.

  3. Warrior Lifer November 19, 2019 1:59 am

    Some strange calls to say the least, especially calling Buggs for a (phantom) flop call and then Stansberry for a technical flop when the defender didn’t give him landing room. Team foul count was 18 for Hawaii and 8 for Illinois. Tough loss, but just have to shoot better.

  4. cappie the $2000 dog November 20, 2019 1:19 am

    i like zigmars raimo and his arsenal of lay-ups, but i couldn’t help but laugh when the espn u. announcer said: “a modern player couldn’t explain raimo’s game.”

    i think a win against a swac team would have been more harmful than a loss to a power five conference. so a loss is a win, in that regard.

    south dakota is 5-0. their rpi is 82. 2-0 since defeating uh.

    our sister school arkansas pine bluff has an rpi of 298.

  5. Andrew November 20, 2019 12:13 pm

    With it being game week and UH pushing this as the biggest game at Aloha Stadium since 2007 (although I also point to that game vs Nevada in 2010 to be pretty big too) , does anyone have any new attendance predictions? I wonder also if there is a decent significant increase from the season average, will people be willing to brave traffic and parking once the lot becomes full. We’ve seen it before that it doesn’t take a gigantic crowd to create problems by aloha stadium.

  6. BigWave96744 November 20, 2019 3:21 pm

    Sadly the game of the decade won’t fill even half of Aloha Stadium. 4 HSSAA semi final games, HS Basketball Preseason begins this weekend for most schools, Janet Jackson concert.

  7. ai-eee-soos November 20, 2019 3:32 pm

    GOOD NEWS about Leo K. don’t think it was posted here.

    by: Ren Clayton
    Posted: Nov 16, 2019 / 02:28 PM HST / Updated: Nov 16, 2019 / 02:28 PM HST

    Leo Koloamatangi

    Former University of Hawaii offensive lineman Leo Koloamatangi was upgraded from the New York Jets practice squad to the active roster on Saturday.

    The move was made possible because center Ryan Kalil was placed on injured reserve.

    During his career with the Rainbow Warriors, Koloamatangi played in 41 games from 2013 to 2016. He was signed by the Detroit Lions practice squad as an undrafted free agent in 2017 and has bounced on and off the practice squad.

  8. Andrew November 20, 2019 3:36 pm


    Yeah, I checked the seating chart on the athletics site and it didn’t look very promising. Then again I’d imagine a lot of people are procrastinators that will wait until Friday or even Saturday to buy their tickets. I’m honestly a little disappointed with the marketing efforts by the University. Most of the advertising has been done on their own site. I haven’t seen a lot of social media or TV. I wonder if any of the players are going around campus trying to rally students to go to the games. I recall Bball and Vball players doing that in the past and it worked.

  9. cappie the $2000 dog November 20, 2019 9:55 pm


    oh, my god. it is the game of the decade.

  10. sackkabooya November 21, 2019 12:41 am

    Recruiting wish list (it is Christmas Season after all)

    Hicks- JC speed SS (capable of delayed blitzing)
    Ward- Mokiao-Atimalala (HS)
    Byrd- Haasenritter (HS)
    Okeke- HS speed FS (ball hawk like Mana Silva)
    Keene- JC 6’5″ (240-250 pound flex) athletic TE
    Scruton- HS WR/Ath (capable of rugby/conventional punt)
    Hune- JC Big 0/1 NT 320 run stopper
    Padello- Evaimalo (HS)
    Farris- JC cover CB (more physical but not too big)
    Furuta- HS 200+ big RB (physical open field tackle breaker)
    Augafa- HS speed/physical Ath/CB/S (versatile like Hardy-Tuilau)
    Meskell- Shipley (HS)
    Mautautia- Tufaga (transfer So.)
    Williams- HS 3/5 tech DT/DE physical run stopper
    Hensley- Soliai-Howlett (HS)
    Se’ei- M. Taala (HS)
    Akoteu- JC So. 6’2 285 DT (swim technique pass rusher)
    Graves- Tuitagaloa (HS)

  11. Amana Okole November 21, 2019 6:42 am


    56 – 14 Akamai Okole

  12. Akamai Okole November 21, 2019 6:45 am

    * dang* spell checka

  13. NorthShoreFan November 21, 2019 7:58 am

    Akamai…fingers need to go on a diet?

    Az tecs…21

    praying heavily I wrong.

  14. wafan November 21, 2019 11:25 am

    Pomai . . .

    Us 51, them 24

  15. jm2375 November 21, 2019 3:46 pm

    Upper level restrooms at NoAloha have been a problem for at least a month. Only now they put in an order??????? Typical. 👿

  16. NotNasti November 21, 2019 5:05 pm

    8. Millenials (I have 2 of them) don’t watch the news, read newspapers or watch TV. They watch YouTube, Netflix and get their news from social media, if at all. Regular advertising will not work with them. The message has to be put out by popular posters, those with large followings. If it becomes the “place to be,” then they will turn out. Right now, UH games are not (the place to be).

  17. Andrew November 21, 2019 8:09 pm

    Aren’t college students nowadays not considered millennials anymore? I thought they’re generation z now or something. I’m a millennial, 33 years old.

  18. cappie the $2000 dog November 21, 2019 9:35 pm


    i post a lot at a music blog. i am generation x who can comment on cultural things that range from baby boomers to millennials, but generation z stuff. man, i just stay out of it. i do not understand billie eilish. her genre is amsr, which stands for “autonomous sensory meridian response”. man, did that make me feel old. when i see generation z at sporting events, they seem to be more interested in the promotions than the actual games. i don’t think they care if hawaii wins or loses. they do not check the rpi after a win or loss. they are not going to buy coldplay’s new double album that comes out tomorrow. generation z may play little league baseball, but they look bored as hell watching their own sport being played at les murakami stadium.

  19. sackkabooya November 22, 2019 12:14 am

    #18 NotNasti

    Interesting…. Need to make things more attractive to entice them. The game would be secondary to the “place to be”. Maybe they need an entire concourse “Party” area (Upper level? Fix the restrooms though). All for the Student/Gen Z partier. Standing room like at a Nightclub. Bar? TV’s? DJ? Raffle? Like a company sponsored tailgate party but inside the stadium, similar to the “Bullpen” Bug Light area at Les Murakami but for the “Younger Adult” fan. Give the student section seats to the “Millennial” season ticket holders. Their own party area (for the semi-young). Next to the Band. Got to figure it out. NotNasti gave us the trends. Brainstorm time. Matlin too.

  20. Boolakanaka November 22, 2019 7:02 am

    Hmmm, lol, all my nieces crack up on my weekend routine of actually reading the entire Sunday NYT, and the weekend edition of the Financial Times. “ eh unko, why you have newspapers still delivered, you can just read this online!?”

    Well, for the same reason that you pour yourself a nice bourbon, or have a routine before watching your favorite movie—it creates both a mindfulness and relaxation of the moment. Plus, the backlighting of iPads and phones provides a synaptic response that triggers you to be non-relaxed ….kids.

  21. NotNasti November 22, 2019 9:48 am

    19. Andrew: I’m too old to keep up with the terminology. X, Y, Z? I’m probably an E or an F. I just learned the phrase, “OK Boomer.”

    21. Exactly! It has to be an “event.” Take away the seats and install hot tubs and swimming pools. A beach area?

  22. ai-eee-soos November 22, 2019 11:02 am

    Where have they gone …

    Okla State QB injured ….

    The job will likely belong to Dru Brown going forward. Brown, a senior, replaced Sanders against Kansas last week. He’s appeared in four games this season and has completed 13-of-18 passes for 223 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions. Of course, while Brown doesn’t have much experience with the Cowboys, he has plenty of starting experience. He started 22 games with Hawaii before transferring to Stillwater, completing 62 percent of his passes for 5,273 yards and 37 touchdowns with 15 interceptions.

  23. ai-eee-soos November 22, 2019 12:25 pm

    Say it aint so …

    per BigWave96744 » Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:12 pm

    Per JR’s instagram, he tore his Quad in the UNLV game and has played his last game for Hawaii.

    Thank you Jake, for battling in the trenches and being a great team player for Hawaii

    found this on another site.

  24. sackkabooya November 22, 2019 1:42 pm

    Hensley wanted to be a Warrior at a young age watching ESPN broadcasted Hawaii games late at night in Oklahoma. Got to appreciate so much that kind of guy. Mahalo JR.

  25. wafan November 22, 2019 3:13 pm

    Lots of aloha and mahalos Warrior Hensley! I hope you heal up completely without long-term issues.

  26. Kev-1 November 22, 2019 8:14 pm

    *New Post* … UH Football faces San Diego St. Saturday for MWC West division title … in case anybody’s wondering. I figure it’s worth a post.

  27. Inyoface November 22, 2019 8:48 pm

    Didn’t know JRs injury was that serious. Hope for a speedy recovery!

  28. sackkabooya November 23, 2019 12:48 am

    Watching the videos, when Eletise engages his opponent he often physically dominates. Even in pass protection. An overwhelming type blocker. But if/when he has to figure out (decipher) who to pick up he misses his block. Run and pass. Random and not real often but noticeable on video. Maybe unfamiliarity some (Sunia had difficulty with that too but not Wa’a). 1st team reps this week should help fix it.

    Next year the O-line will be UNREAL. Hard to imagine the depth. Got to make sure 2021 version is ready to transition as well. But next year’s O-line should dominate the Conference.

  29. izzy November 23, 2019 1:30 am

    JR Hensley grew up in Edmond, OK staying up late on Saturdays each fall so he could watch University of Hawaii Football. He dreamed of playing here and when he got the chance, he turned down offers from other FBS programs to play here.

    For 2 years now JR has anchored and lead the offensive line, protecting Cole’s blind side.

    While I am sure JR will be on the sideline supporting the team as he always has for the past 4 years, it is with sadness knowing that this Warrior will not be able to compete this week in what will be arguably, the team’s biggest game in more than 10 years when they play for the Western Division Championship of the Mountain West Conference.

    Thank you JR. Thank you for helping Hawaii get here. Thank you for being a selfless contributor and teammate. Thank you, for living Aloha and playing Warrior.

  30. sackkabooya November 23, 2019 2:08 am

    When you look at next years team the design of the recruiting (and applied usage (like going with Vaipulu and Manning last season) by this staff has been really good despite the low opinions (ratings) by the expert media. It’s important to be able to approach phase III toward the ending of that season so the recruiting this off season is critical. Much anticipated.

    The offensive line, quarterback and linebackers will be really deep. Running back should be too (just the Furuta replacement). WR will be semi-young but experienced and pretty good. Interior DL needs JC help. DL will have a lot young “fits” combined with experienced (journeyman) guys looking for a breakout “star”. Secondary will need JC help too (DB youth is one year away yet). They too have journeyman types that will be ready to contribute.

    If Batoon can get lucky and acquire the right JC guys (CB, SS, DT) and furthers the development of young guys like Kaneshiro, Choi, Scott, Taala, Laulu, Dalton, Kahahawai-Welch and Muasau. Then get the other young players like Ritner, Blocker, Bowers, Killins Washington and Francisco some meaningful rotational reps, and combine them with Davis, Pritchard, Pavihi, Ford and Thomas this defense will be incredible. Seriously. One JC class away from incredibility. Look at the pieces, Imagine. Unreal.

  31. sackkabooya November 23, 2019 2:25 am

    I forgot to mention the rovers Bethley and Peterson. Got DL’s Vega, Matthews and Tavai too. Also LB’s Tufaga and Kamana. The scheme should be up and running properly next season. Then we can judge Batoon.

  32. THE burro sabio November 23, 2019 9:37 am

    #23 and others – do local kids still attend their high school football games? If so, why do they attend and how can you build on this?
    I attended our high school games, and started attending UH sports because I enjoyed playing and watching sports and because everyone else went to the games on Saturdays.

  33. NotNasti November 23, 2019 10:22 am

    Burro, you’re on to something. I don’t think there is much fervor for HS football as there was, say in the 70’s and 80’s. I grew up on Kaua’i, and the WHOLE town turned out for football games. Mandatory attendance at school pep rallies. Competition among grade levels as to who could cheer the loudest. That interest carried on into college. After watching Sam Spangler’s piece on KHON2 news about why UH students don’t attend the games, its easy to see why they don’t attend. Pure Apathy. “I’m busy doing other things,” “I don’t like football.” How about supporting the school? Your classmates on the field? School spirit and personal pride? (ala Larry Price). There is none. Free admission, Free bus shuttle, Free parking to the 1st 75 UH student cars, and what, 50 kids go? My two kids NEVER attended their high school football games. They only went the the UH games because my wife forced them to go with me (bonding time). So now they are UH fans in their own right. The current state of the student section at football and basketball games is pathetic.

  34. Buffoman November 23, 2019 3:52 pm

    It is probably impossible to do, but the building of a smaller stadium (35k) at the site of the old termite palace, with a parking facility at Moiliili field may help to create a more college feeling for students. That will not happen as that “ship has sailed” regarding a somewhat on campus stadium. What is the strategy by UH and the State for a new stadium? Is student participation a very high priority?

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