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SANTA BARBARA, CALIF. » The road turned rough for the Hawaii men's basketball team Thursday night. In their final regular-season game on the mainland, the Rainbow Warriors dropped an 86-77 decision to UC Santa Barbara.
If UH is to take the Big West Conference tournament title next week, it will have to win three times in three days in Anaheim, Calif. One of the best ways for the Rainbow Warriors to announce they are capable of doing so? Finishing with their first winning conference road record in over a decade might do nicely.
Hawaii senior Christian Standhardinger, a font of boundless energy, must take his hoops breaks on the mental side. After reaching the 1,000-point career plateau, a few days of recuperation were most welcome by the captain.
DePaul of the Big East Conference and Loyola Marymount of the West Coast Conference are the seventh and eighth teams that will participate in Hawaii's nationally televised college basketball holiday tournament, DHC executive director David Matlin confirmed.
LONG BEACH, Calif. » For the second time in 13 months, a late shot foiled Hawaii's hopes of victory at Long Beach State. Travis Hammonds made a 3-point basket with 8.1 seconds remaining to give the 49ers a 63-61 victory over the Rainbow Warriors in Big West Conference play on Thursday night in front of 3,663 at the Walter Pyramid.
It's no longer impossible to beat Long Beach State on the 49ers' home court merely very difficult. The Beach may not possess the same aura of invincibility in the Walter Pyramid in 2014 as its Big West regular-season title runs of the past three years
Assistant coach Brandyn Akana was absent when the Hawaii men's basketball team took its annual picture Monday and multiple sources say he is not expected back for the remainder of the 2013-14 regular season.
The clock is running down on the 2013-14 college basketball season, but there's still a little time for teams to make a push going into March. For Hawaii, that means shooting for an upset road victory at Long Beach State on Thursday.
Two Hawaii bigs were better than one Corey Hawkins. Forwards Christian Standhardinger and Isaac Fotu combined for 47 points and 22 rebounds and the Rainbow Warriors overcame another monster game by the UC Davis guard 29 points in an 86-77 victory over the Aggies on Saturday night.
In "Hoosiers," coach Norman Dale demonstrates to his team that the basketball court dimensions of the Indiana state championship venue, Hinkle Fieldhouse, are identical to those of their much smaller gym back at Hickory High.
UC Irvine channeled the emotion and frustration of an overtime home loss to Hawaii last month, then knocked off the Rainbow Warriors in a crucial overtime game on UH's home court, 60-56 on Thursday night.
The stakes couldn't be much clearer, or much higher. Win at home over UC Irvine on Thursday, and Hawaii has a legitimate shot at its first Big West regular-season title.
Sporting one of the most recognizable hairdos on the island has its occasional drawbacks. Such is the burden for Hawaii forward Isaac Fotu. It's become increasingly difficult for the 6-foot-8 sophomore to remain anonymous -- off the basketball court or on it.
FULLERTON, Calif. » Hawaii had to rally from an eight-point deficit -- and survive the frantic final moments -- to accomplish an unprecedented feat Saturday night.
Two of last season's high marks were matched in one stroke by Hawaii on Thursday. On Saturday, the Rainbow Warriors seek uncharted glory. UH will attempt an unprecedented four-game conference road winning streak at Cal State Fullerton.
RIVERSIDE, Calif. » Christian Standhardinger and Isaac Fotu complemented each other in Hawaii's latest victory, though in unexpected fashion. Standhardinger amassed 27 points in the Rainbow Warriors' 87-76 victory.
One perfect road trip injected Hawaii into the Big West Conference title discussion. The Rainbow Warriors hope to remain there by replicating the rare feat.
Assistant coach Brandyn Akana was not with the University of Hawaii basketball team Wednesday in California, raising new questions about his status.
The Hawaii men's basketball team spent Monday's practice focusing on itself, its standard procedure. In last week's home games, it was impossible not to focus on the team's subpar outside shooting.
Cal Poly, the Rainbow Warriors' nemesis over the last four years, could not extend its mastery over UH to a sixth straight game as the 'Bows' big men loomed large in a 69-60 victory on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Hawaii got knocked to the mat Thursday night. Tonight, the Rainbow Warriors will try to get back up against a team that's been pretty good at keeping them down.
The only thing Hawaii could shoot Thursday night was itself in the foot. A two-week opportunity for the Rainbow Warriors to make up ground in the Big West Conference instead became a study in missed chances.
Hawaii assistant coach Scott Fisher let out a sigh of relief. When UC Santa Barbara center Alan Williams uncorked a 39-point onslaught against South Dakota State on Nov. 29, the junior missed some late free throws that would have set the Gauchos' single-game scoring record -- and taken that title from Fisher.
Assistant basketball coach Brandyn Akana will return to the University of Hawaii’s bench tonight after missing the past four games due to an undisclosed “personnel matter,” the school said.
Whether or not Brandon Spearman has the rock is irrelevant. He is the rock for Hawaii. Calling the Rainbow Warriors senior captain a jack of all trades (and to complete the thought, a master of none) would not be accurate.
Hawaii's floor general watched the first half from the end of the bench. Its leading scorer went scoreless for 30 minutes. Basketballs slipped out of hands on wide-open layup and dunk attempts.
Stop the drives, staunch the bleeding. That was the mission statement at Hawaii basketball practice on Friday, as the still-smarting Rainbow Warriors sought to get past Thursday night’s disappointing home loss to Long Beach State and prepare for today’s game against Cal State Northridge.
Last year, four Big West teams swept their conference home schedule. After Hawaii's 92-83 loss to Long Beach State at the Stan Sheriff Center on Thursday night, that number was reduced to zero.
Dan Monson knows a thing or two about winning the Big West Conference. Based on the first five games of league play, the coach of three-time defending regular-season champion Long Beach State sees a potential title team somewhere else this time around.
Christian Standhardinger sympathizes with the enemy. The Hawaii basketball senior forward is on pace to take and make more free throws in a single season than any other player in Rainbow Warriors history.