Live basketball blog: UC Davis vs. Hawaii

Former UH coach Riley Wallace is joining the festivities as the Rainbow Warriors celebrate their 100 season/Photo by Stephen Tsai

FINAL: Eddie Stansberry drained the go-ahead 3 with 3.3 seconds left to lift Hawaii to a 76-75 victory over UC Davis tonight in the Stan Sheriff Center.


Stansberry was aligned on the right side on an inbounds play. He looped behind a double screen, caught Drew Buggs’ inbounds pass on the left side and drained the winner.

Joe Mooney’s desperation heave did not fall as time expired.

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Despite being short-handed, the ‘Bows battled their way to a 42-38 lead at the intermission.

The ‘Bows were without injured wing Samuta Avea and post Bernardo da Silva. But Eddie Stansberry, who picked up his second foul four minutes into the game, nailed three first-half 3s. Justin Hemsley came off the bench to score 10 points in the first half.

Stefan Gonzalez paced the Aggies with a career-high six 3s. He hit his first five 3s.

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It appears that wing Samuta Avea, UH’s second-leading scorer (11.0) will not be playing tonight. He’s been suffering from back issues.

Post Bernardo da Silva will be missing his second consecutive game because of an injured left foot.

Things to know about UC Davis:

>> They usually go with a four-guard lineup although 6-4 freshman Elijah Pepper can mix it up as an under-sized, over-rugged power forward.

>> Point guard Ezra Manjon, who is averaging 19.0 points in four league games, has drawn comparisons to last year’s do-everything guard TJ Shorts.

>> Joe Mooney, who used to be a catch-and-release outside shooter has expanded his game to drives.

>> Matt Neufeld, a 6-11 post, is very good inside — as long as he stays out of foul trouble. He averages 2.1 fouls per 20 minutes.


  1. ai-eee-soos January 25, 2020 7:19 pm


  2. BigWave96744 January 25, 2020 7:56 pm

    Darius Muasau’s brother offer by Yoro.

  3. One Sr. January 25, 2020 10:09 pm

    Congratulations to both the mens and womens BB teams victories on the 100th anniversary of UH Mens Basketball. Despite not having Avea and da Silva, Hemsley and Webster rose to the occasion. Both Hemsley and Webster continue to play with more confidence in each game. Great win at home tonight. Also happy to hear that Coach Elimimian has been retained.
    Go Bows

  4. One Sr. January 25, 2020 10:15 pm

    Failed to give props to Mr. Eddie Stansberry for his clutch game winning 3 pointer. What a shot!
    Go Bows!

  5. cappie the $2000 dog January 25, 2020 10:37 pm

    That was an Aaron Strayhorn shot. The whole game I’m complaining about how all of our bigs have weak hands and can’t hang onto the ball, and then wouldn’t you know it, Zigmars Raimo makes the hustle play of the game, tying up the ball with the UC-Davis defender and giving Hawaii one more possession. 3-0 on this current homestand. Major props to Justin Hemsley. He stepped up, big time. This conference is so winnable; both men’s and women’s.

  6. sackkabooya January 26, 2020 8:52 am

    No hesitation by Webster to take the last shot (which wasn’t the last shot because of Raimo). Even on the inbound play Webster was the first to curl (decoy?) around the high screen followed by Stansberry. Pass led him right into the shot. Awesome finish.

  7. Da Punchbowl Kid January 26, 2020 8:57 am

    I love the smell of a fresh WB post in the morning! Nice to see you back in Tsaddle, Tsai!

    Great win for the Basket Bows.

    Looking forward to updates on the football team. Lots of work to do there!


  8. islandman January 26, 2020 9:13 am

    Also praise for Carper, Colina and Hulland for playing tough and smart. It was a layered double screen by Raimo and Hemsley on the last UH play, per today’s paper. Do you think Hemsley set a slightly moving screen ?

  9. Dennis January 26, 2020 9:45 am

    The Davis bigs were doing moving screens all night and were never called 🤮🤮

  10. cappie the $2000 dog January 26, 2020 10:32 am

    Hemsley moved. The refs owe Hawaii, though. Only in Hawaii do the refs seem hellbent on turning the venue into a neutral court. Did you see the end of the first half in last week’s game? I forget which one. Near the end of the 1st half, Stansberry attempted a three and was touched by the defender. And they whistled Stansberry. A guy two rows in front of me shouted: “Did Vegas call you?!!!” UC-Davis looks better than UC-Irvine. Davis is going to be in the conference tournament final, hopefully against Hawaii.

  11. islandman January 26, 2020 11:00 am

    9. RIP Kobe, hard to believe.

  12. WarriorNY January 26, 2020 12:21 pm

    Can’t believe what happened with Kobe…

    But I also want to welcome you back blog master.

  13. kahuna January 26, 2020 12:26 pm

    10..Davis is NOT better than Irvine. We just do not match up well with Davis because they have so much quickness but having quickness does not equal to being the better team. Our guards are physical and fundamentally sound but we don’t have the quickness to keep up with Manjon. Other teams in the conference have quick guards and Manjon will not be effective as he did against us.

    Davis looked the part of a good team because they play exciting brand of ball with all the dribble penetration and all the nba one on one play.

    They have a losing record in conference and overall. How can you say they are better than Irvine?

  14. cappie the $2000 dog January 26, 2020 2:05 pm


    Close losses to Utah, New Mexico and Cal on the road. A win against Hawaii would have put them at 3-0 in conference on the road. But yeah, maybe I overstated things a bit. But they coulda, shoulda been 5-0 in conference. And yet, they’re not.

  15. sackkabooya January 26, 2020 3:06 pm

    I think anybody can win this Big West Conference. Anybody. Very wide open. Even Cal-Poly plays hard. UH has this “intangible element” that’s compensating for some of their weaknesses. Going to be interesting.

  16. HawaiianMantis January 26, 2020 4:23 pm

    Wished that older player alumni were introduced by name at halftime. I recognized fab 5, Dennis Sallas, as well as Garland Hughes, Eric Ambrozia. But who were the others standing in the middle part of the procession?

  17. BigWave96744 January 26, 2020 5:48 pm

    Love that Pastor Dennis Salas didn’t break his tradition and showed up barefeet

  18. cappie the $2000 dog January 26, 2020 7:02 pm

    My top ten

    1. Tre Stovall’s layup against Fresno State to tie the game at 100-100 in a 2000 WAC semifinal game. It was his only basket for the season. And he was fouled.
    2. Trevor Ruffin’s 42 points against Louisville at the Neal Blaisdell Center.
    3. Bill Moeller rebounds an opponent’s missed free throw and scores an “own” basket.
    4. Brandon Spearman’s attempt at a baseline dunk that got stuck between the rim and glass.
    5. Dean Smith shakes Jarin Akana’s hand in Chapel Hill. 28 points? Something like that. Smith shaking Akana’s hand the next season at the SSC, telling him: “You kill us every time, Akana.”
    6. Phil Lott hitting the game-winning shot against Air Force, the first game after the late Chris Gaines was declared ineligible for the remainder of the season.
    7. Terry Houston’s game-winning shot at “The Pit” that Luc Longley partially blocked into the basket.
    8. Hawaii’s loss to UTEP in the WAC Conference final two seasons before their breakthrough win against BYU. It was the idea that Hawaii could make the NCAAs.
    9. Chad Hook missing a breakaway layup against Air Force to end the first half.
    10. Predrag Savovic and Carl English. If Romain Sato doesn’t hit that basket at the buzzer in the first half to close the lead to seven, Hawaii’s first NCAA win comes against Xavier.

  19. ai-eee-soos January 27, 2020 4:13 pm

    New defensive coordinator- Victor Santa Cruz

  20. islandman January 27, 2020 4:39 pm

    New mbb recruit for next season, 6-1 PG, Biwali Bayles

  21. NorthShoreFan January 27, 2020 5:45 pm

    ai-eee-soos….Beeg mahalo fo dat…. Flash from the past….hard nose backer then.
    islandman….Beeg Mahalo to U too.
    U guys on it!

  22. One Sr. January 27, 2020 5:57 pm

    Welcome home Coach Santa Cruz!
    Looks like your aggressive, attacking style of defense falls in line with Coach Graham’s philosophy. Can’t wait to see that type of play that Coach Tomey and Wags ran with success back in the day.

  23. Da Punchbowl Kid January 28, 2020 8:49 am

    cappie the $2000 dog – love your posts and your encyclopedic knowledge. You SIR are a fan’s FAN!

    Cruz is a good get. Graham’s staff taking shape.

    I’m very interested in seeing the new recruits this staff will bring in.

  24. seewhy January 28, 2020 11:48 am

    If Graham and Santa Cruz can replicate the staunch defense of the Coach Tomey and Wags days, then it’ll exceed all my expectations. Like the way things are coming along.

  25. seewhy January 28, 2020 11:50 am

    Great post cappie. Brought back a lot of great memories. He’s to many more. 🍻

  26. ai-eee-soos January 28, 2020 1:08 pm

    MWC news.

    Rocky Long, who had just recently stepped down as HC at SDSU and considered himself retired, is back as UNM’s new defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. Long was UNM’s head coach from 1998 to 2008. Long was extremely successful as HC for the Aztecs, going 81-38 in nine seasons.

    me – I thought N.M. was going to be a “garan”. Looks like

    their D is going to be better coached than in 2019.


  27. ai-eee-soos January 28, 2020 1:21 pm

    as reported on other sites …

    Washington State: Andre Allen, who coached the wide receivers for Nick Rolovich at Hawaii, has been hired to coach the Wazzu receivers, per multiple reports.

  28. ai-eee-soos January 28, 2020 1:26 pm

    wow …

    Looks like our Offensive staff will be completely revamped –

    I wonder what kind of offense we will have?

    We shall see what we shall see, the blind man said.

  29. Da Punchbowl Kid January 28, 2020 6:34 pm

    I’ll take number one please. Please add stadium seats!

    What do you think?

  30. NorthShoreFan January 28, 2020 7:20 pm

    ai-eee-soos …. SAY it ain’t so!…had the privilege to listen and talk with coach Allen and the man is so knowledgeable. Myself and some friends listened to his break down of a game and he pointed out so many things that we really didn’t know about being a receiver and the techniques involved in getting open. He was willing to explain many things to us “couch potatoes” who thought they knew about football and he took the extra time to spend with us after the luncheon. A bunch of nobodys.
    He is humble, soft spoken and upfront. Warriors will miss his coaching for sure. I felt if we could keep him, we’d be ok next year.

  31. islandman January 29, 2020 8:50 am

    Cole cut off his dreads, per a radio show.

  32. DaveLetterMan January 29, 2020 10:33 am

    New offensive assistant

  33. ai-eee-soos January 29, 2020 11:19 am

    Sam Bennett – Offensive Asst.

    UH Press release.

  34. SteveM January 29, 2020 11:34 am

    RE: #32
    I agree, Kid!
    The parking configuration will still allow tailgates and the swap meet, albeit smaller. The large roof covering looks good too.

    Tailgate parking revenue (esp. AKA/Na Koa) will continue and the swap meet brings in revenue year-round. Rail will probably only bring in only 4% of attendees.

  35. winning January 29, 2020 11:55 am

    what will happen to corey batoon?

  36. WarriorNY January 29, 2020 1:18 pm

    Hey all, I hate to sound ignorant… this offensive assistant hire seems like an air raid guy. From my understanding, Air raid is more based on timing where as run and shoot is more about reading on the fly…

    Is that accurate? And what is the learning curve transitioning from one to the other. (That is if he wants to go to the air raid)

  37. wafan January 29, 2020 1:53 pm

    Is there a large parking structure planned for the new stadium? Parking will probably continue to be an issue.

  38. THE burro sabio January 29, 2020 2:38 pm

    Thoughts for UNLV running back Darran Williams, apparent heart attack during a workout and being treated at a hospital.

  39. DaveLetterMan January 29, 2020 4:19 pm

    Bennett will coach the OL

  40. DaveLetterMan January 30, 2020 7:12 am

    Bennett’s wife posted that he’s going to coach the OL and be run game coordinator.

  41. islandman January 30, 2020 3:19 pm

    New offensive coordinator is coming today, per a blogger

  42. DaveLetterMan January 30, 2020 3:34 pm

    Could it be this guy?
    Check out GJ Kinne (@GJKinne):

  43. DaveLetterMan January 30, 2020 4:14 pm

    Special teams coordinator

  44. NorthShoreFan January 30, 2020 7:29 pm

    Taking shape…now go get those recruits…..2/5/20

  45. cappie the $2000 dog January 30, 2020 10:31 pm

    da punchbowl kid & see why: Thanks. Having a sense of humor is an absolute must if you’re a men’s and women’s basketball fan.

  46. winning January 31, 2020 11:29 am

    This new regime better not be a version of NC’s “mantra”. “We will chase championships”. AAHH timing passes, run game coordinator, these words scare people like me. This “Air Raid” Offense better not be a watered down version of the Run n Shoot. If this new regime flops, fire Matlin.

  47. DaveLetterMan January 31, 2020 1:18 pm

    Sources: #Hawaii is expected to hire GJ Kinne as offensive coordinator. Kinne most recently worked as an offensive assistant with the Philadelphia Eagles. Kinne played quarterback for Hawaii coach Todd Graham at Tulsa. He then spent time in the NFL, CFL and Arena League.

  48. ai-eee-soos January 31, 2020 3:38 pm

    Gary Joe “G.J.” Kinne III

  49. One Sr. January 31, 2020 4:22 pm

    Aloha and welcome Coaches: Bennett, Phillips & Kinne to the Rainbow Warriors Football Ohana!
    GO BOWS!

  50. ai-eee-soos January 31, 2020 5:37 pm

    found on another site … not confirmed.

    Corey Batoon to Liberty U, as a Def Assistant.

    Good Luck, Corey.

    Mahalo for your contribution to the Warrior Footbal Program.

  51. islandman January 31, 2020 7:27 pm

    Without Batoon’s defense, the UH would not have won the West Division. We beat UNLV by only 21-7 and the defense scored one of those TD’s. … Then UH won 14-11 vs SDSU. In both games our great offense scored only 14 pts in each game.

  52. seewhy February 1, 2020 12:04 am

    Hope the coaches reach out to Ikaika Ragsdale. Gotta bring the Hawaiian back to his roots! 💯

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