POSTED: 9:23 p.m. HST, Dec 11, 2010
LAST UPDATED: 10:11 p.m. HST, Dec 11, 2010
Junior guard Zane Johnson scored a college career-high 18 points as Hawaii blitzed past Hawaii Pacific 72-50 on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
The Rainbow Warriors improved to 6-2 while the visiting Sea Warriors fell to 3-6.
A crowd of more than 3,140 (turnstile) saw the Rainbow Warriors’ homecoming after dropping its first two road games. Tickets issued were 5,507.
Hawaii is unbeaten at home under first-year head coach Gib Arnold.
All of Johnson’s points came on 3-pointers, as he made 6-of-9 from beyond the arc.
His previous career-high was a 17-point game before he transferred from Arizona. He scored 16 in a win against Arkansas-Pine Bluff last month for his previous high as a UH player.
Johnson got hot at the end of the first half, hitting three 3-pointers in the last 1:13, including one at the buzzer.
His 12 points before intermission led UH to a 37-26 lead at the break.
Kyle Allen led HPU with 15 points and Jason Jackson added 14.
Hiram Thompson scored 15 for UH, with Vander Joaquim pitching in 10. Bobby Miles had career highs with nine points and six assists.
Center Douglas Kurtz also had career highs for UH with eight points and 12 rebounds.
UH outrebounded Division II HPU, 51-34.
The Rainbow Warriors jumped to an 8-0 lead, but the Sea Warriors came back to tie it at 10-all on Allen’s 3-pointer.
It was close the rest of the first half, until Johnson’s spree right before the break. HPU never threatened in the second half.