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UH men's basketball team takes first Big West loss

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 08:30 p.m. HST, Jan 09, 2013

Several second-half turnovers cost the Hawaii men's basketball team a chance at maintaining its undefeated Big West Conference record, as the Rainbow Warriors had 16 total giveaways in a 68-64 loss at UC Irvine today.

UH (9-6, 3-1 Big West) battled the Anteaters evenly most of the way, but fell behind by nine points in the final minute and could not make up the deficit in time.

The 'Bows got it to 67-63 on two straight turnovers by UCI (8-9, 2-3) and baskets by Vander Joaquim and Brandon Jawato. Jawato, the reigning BWC Player of the Week, had another 3-point look with 21 seconds left that would have made it a one-point game, but he was off the mark and that was essentially the game.

Joaquim scored a team-high 15 points, while Christian Standhardinger had 12 points and 13 rebounds. Brandon Spearman added 12 points and Jawato nine.

UH stays in the Los Angeles area for its Saturday game at Long Beach State (7-8, 3-1). The defending champion 49ers have won 19 straight home conference games.

A series of UH turnovers helped UCI build a 62-57 lead with under four minutes left. For the game, the Anteaters had a 21-9 advantage in points off turnovers. That undid a 46-35 UH edge in rebounding.

UH had claimed a five-point lead at the outset of the second half on a basket by Joaquim. UCI came back to take a 37-35 advantage and the teams traded the lead several times from there.

The 'Bows hit all eight of their free-throw attempts in the first period and finished 15-for-19.

In the first half, UH trailed 23-20, but scored 11 straight to go up by eight with 1:33 remaining in the period.

The Anteaters scored the last five points of the period to cut UH's lead to 31-28 at the break.

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HOSSANA wrote:
Pathetic basketball at its worst. Nothing has changed. A mediocre team playing in a mediocre conference losing to a mediocre team. Just plain disgusting! Please don't give me this nonsense that its tough playing on the road. Geezus!
on January 9,2013 | 08:11PM
64hoo wrote:
another pathetic comment at its worse by a pathetic UH hater.
on January 9,2013 | 08:18PM
HOSSANA wrote:
Its idiots like yourself that accept mediocrity which is the reason why mediocrity exists at the UH. At other schools, fans wouldn't tolerate this type of program and would strive to be the best but when you have fans that make excuses, like yourself, then the program will always be mired at the lowest level.
on January 9,2013 | 08:57PM
Rok888 wrote:
Itss obvious HOSSANA has never played basketball or supported the program. True, it wasn't a very good performance, but that doesn't mean I don't still support the team, the players and the program. I support the program, I donate to the program....tell me HOSSANA besides complaining what have you ever done to help?
on January 9,2013 | 09:19PM
HOSSANA wrote:
I am a member of the Warrior Booster Club and Ahahui Koa Anuenue (AKA) and contribute $1000 annually. I also sit behind the basketball bench and have been a loyal supporter of the basketball, football, and softball programs for the past 20 years. Its true I never played collegiate ball but played for Farrington two decades ago and play in the summer league where our games are played at Manoa Rec Center.....what about you......criticism and truth never hurt....that's the only way a program can get better.......so if you're a member of the Booster club or Ahahui Koa Anuenue...then we should meet...............cheers!!
on January 9,2013 | 10:04PM
64hoo wrote:
a fair weathered fan who supports when they win but not support when they lose.
on January 9,2013 | 10:29PM
atilter wrote:
it's funny that with a pen-name like yours, you would end your rant with a religious epithet...just goes to show that wierd occurrences and situations can exist in the most unusual circumstances, hypocrite.
on January 9,2013 | 09:05PM
64hoo wrote:
cut down on turnovers. let other teams have more turnovers than us or we have the same amount of turnovers we will be a good team but down by nine points with a little over a minute to go in the game to bad juwatos three did not go in it would have put us down by one with 18 seconds to go but he missed. its the unforce turnovers that hurt us. but as it goes we have to play with ehat we got . GO WARRIORS. good free throw shooting 15of19 we improved on one of the puzzles but could not improve on the turnovers but its early.
on January 9,2013 | 08:11PM
Tipops wrote:
Bright point for our guys, free throw shooting has been much, much improved, particularly by Standhardinger. We're still not taking care of the ball, but it's not only the guards and Tavita who's giving it away, our big guys are just as bad. It seems that when the speed of the game goes up our ball handling goes way down proportionately. Spearman tries real hard, but he just loses control too often. What happened to Brereton's shooting this year? Last year he was one of our best shooters, but now he looks lost. First bad game by my hero Fotu this year, just when we needed a good game from him. Oh well, another game on Saturday, so we can at least get a split on this trip. We need it. Go Warriors!
on January 9,2013 | 09:31PM
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