Live basketball blog: Hawaii vs. No. 21 Washington

No. 21 Washington stands between Hawaii and its first Diamond Head Classic title game appearance. / Photo by Brian McInnis

Freshman Isaiah Stewart scored 26 points and grabbed 15 rebounds to boost No. 21 Washington to a 72-61 victory over Hawaii and into the championship game of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

Zigmars Raimo led UH with 15 points and 15 rebounds.


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The Rainbow Warriors are making a mini rally, closing to 47-41 on Drew Buggs’ 3 from the top of the key.

The ‘Bows missed 23 of 27 shots from behind the arc before Buggs nailed his first 3 of the game with 10:18 to play.

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The Huskies scored 20 of the final 27 points of the first half to take a 37-22 lead into the intermission.

Two sequences characterized the surge. Jaden McDaniels blocked Dawson Carper in the lower post, then sprinted the length of the court for a hammer dunk.

Then Nahziah Carter slapped away the dribble from UH’s Bernardo da Silva. Carter took the return pass on the left wing and swished a 3 as the time expired in the half.

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Isaiah Stewart has scored eight consecutive points to extend the Huskies’ lead to 25-17 with 4:13 left in the first half.

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Jamal Bey, who is playing terrific defense at the top of the 3-2 zone, hit a 3 — the only trey of the game — to give the Huskies a 17-13 lead.

We’re at the third media timeout.

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Despite missing nine of 10 shots, the ‘Bows remain in the game, trailing 6-4 at the second media timeout.

The ‘Bows have missed all eight shots from behind the arc.

Washington’s zone is causing entry problems for the ‘Bows, particularly at the top of the key, where 6-6 Jamal Bey is proving to be a lengthy obstacle.

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Washington’s length and active zone are frustrating Hawaii.

UH is 0-for-5, and Eddie Stansberry has missed all four of his 3s.

UW leads 4-2 at the first media timeout.

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The Rainbow Warriors face a tall challenge against the Huskies, who ascended to No. 21 today.

The Huskies are led by two 6-9 freshman sensations — Isaiah Stewart (18.1 points, 8.5 rebounds) and Jaden McDonald’s (15.2 and 5.1).

Point guard Quade Green is averaging 18.8 points and 6.3 assists the past four games.

The Huskies have seven players who are 6-9 or taller, topped by 7-4 reserve Riley Sorn.


  1. ai-eee-soos December 23, 2019 6:41 pm


    BEAT byu !!!

  2. H-Man December 23, 2019 6:47 pm

    The curse of ESPN. Hawaii struggles on nat’l TV. Can’t make a bucket to……

  3. H-Man December 23, 2019 7:06 pm

    Come on ST, Hawaii is just not making its shots. I don’t think it has anything to do with Washington’s defense. Hawaii is getting open looks and shooting 22.6% on 7 for 31. Conversely, Washington is shooting at a 51.7% clip.

  4. kahuna December 23, 2019 7:13 pm

    Yes…It has everything to do with Washington. They are very long and athletic and the Bows are trying to shoot over the length…thus shooting the ball at a higher arch.

    Easy for fans to say its not Washington’s D but when you are on the court and a 6-9 guy is in the middle of the zone and even after beating him there are more 6-9 guys are behind the top off the zone, its not a clean look.

    Only way for us to match them is to get more athletic guys…unfortunately, we don’t have very much on the bench.

  5. Matt December 23, 2019 8:07 pm

    Oh man…that’s gotta hurt to hear from Bobby Curran, listening to the Hawaii-Washington game. Stansberry continues to struggle in the DHC, and that’s gotta hurt. 1-6 on 3s in the UTEP game, and 1-17 in this one. Jeez…I don’t know what has happened to Stansberry lately. Not sure if the height of UW’s players made it difficult for him to keep his footwork on the 3 because with 3 of Washington’s starters at 6’9″, it’s hard for the 6’3″ Stansberry to try and navigate around the height desparity. Hawaii had 20 more shots than UW and just couldn’t capitalize. *Sigh* Guess we got Georgia Tech to face now for 3rd/4th place. All I am wondering is when are going to win the DHC because there goes another loss for Hawaii’s column in the semifinals. I just don’t know when we’ll have that opportunity, unless if we can somehow find a good 4/5-star recruit on our side.

  6. cappie the $2000 dog December 23, 2019 10:05 pm

    UW was daring Zigmars to shoot from the 10-12 feet range. Should have taken those shots.

  7. Inyoface December 23, 2019 10:22 pm

    Felt like they went 5-100 from 3 point range.

  8. H-Man December 23, 2019 10:53 pm

    Hawaii was 9 for 39 from three. But Stansberry was 1 for 17. Pretty dismal. I too thought Zigmar should have taken more shots when he was open.

  9. cappie the $2000 dog December 24, 2019 12:16 am

    Allowing a player to go 1-17 from three-point range is like a MLB pitcher who accumulates twenty losses for the season. You have to be good to achieve either stat.

  10. Kahuna December 24, 2019 4:24 am

    I’m telling you…..UW’s length is the reason why. Raimo saw how long these guys are and probably didn’t think he is able to get it over them cleanly. They blocked our 7ft Dawson Carper at least twice and everyone got scared to attack the basket….thus end up shooting so much three pointers.

    Our strength is the motion offense where we move, pick and roll, make backdoor cuts, etc…. Our offense was neutralized by the zone defense and their size.

    Expect future opponents to zone us until we get out of our shooting slump.

  11. Whitey December 24, 2019 6:36 am

    Where is Red Rocha when you need him?

  12. Aiea 7 December 24, 2019 7:08 am

    this game clearly showed the big hole in UH’s team – the two 7 footers, who ae are slow, cannot jump and dunk. the 3 6’9″ forwards of washington ran circles around them. if they continue to recruit such guys, the team will never get better.

  13. cappie the $2000 dog December 24, 2019 8:43 am

    Can’t Dawson Carper pump-fake or something to draw fouls. Can that be taught or is that an instinct? If you don’t learn this at the high school level, is it too late? A muscle memory thing? My take on Dawson Carper is that he is a D1 player. At least you can put him on the court. Past seven footers, pretty much, rode the pine. And Zigmars Raimo is an overachiever. This guy worked his butt off to get where he is; a functional player who intermittently frustrates and delights. You want frustration, how about Xander Joaquim holding the ball over his head at the baseline from fifteen-twenty-feet out, figuring out his next move like a chess master.

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