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UH basketball team pulls away from Western Michigan 78-68

LAST UPDATED: 07:47 a.m. HST, Nov 10, 2013

Four Hawaii players scored in double figures and the Rainbow Warrior basketball team pulled away from Western Michigan for a 78-68 win in the Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Held scoreless in the game's first 32 minutes, UH guard Quincy Smith sparked the Rainbow Warriors with 10 points in a span of 5 minutes, 44 seconds to help UH take control of what had been a tight contest.

Forward Christian Standhardinger and point guard Keith Shamburger finished with 17 points each, combining for 27 points in the first half.

Forward Isaac Fotu scored 12 of his 14 points in the second half and grabbed 10 rebounds and Smith's late surge helped UH turn a two-point edge into a double-digit lead. Smith hit all four of his shots from the field and finished with 13 points.

The Rainbows (2-0) also shot 79 percent (23-for-29) from the free-throw line, hitting 13 of 15 in the second half.

WMU forward Kellen McCormick tied for team-high honors with 14 points. He went 4-for-4 from the field in the first half and gave the Broncos (1-1) a 27-21 lead when he banked in a 3-pointer.

Shamburger responded by draining three 3-pointers while scoring 13 points in the final 3:35 of the half. His third came with just over 2 seconds left and gave the Rainbows a 39-36 lead at halftime.

UH held a 58-56 lead with 8:18 left before breaking away with a 10-1 run. Smith hadn't scored before driving in for a layup while drawing a foul with eight minutes left in the game.

He then scored in transition off an assist from Shamburger and nailed a 3-pointer to extend UH's lead to 66-57. Smith then fed Standhardinger for a layup to give UH an 11-point cushion.

WMU chipped away from the free-throw line, but Smith's driving layup with 3:16 left pushed UH's lead back to 70-62.

New Mexico State pulled away from Tennessee State in a 70-55 win in today's first game.

The Rainbow Classic ends early Tuesday morning with UH taking on NMSU (1-1) in a game that tips off at midnight.

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berrygood wrote:
played through some tough moments and a hot shooting team to come out with a solid win..It remains tro be seen how UH will handle big men but this is one of the best all around teams UH has had in years...Great win..jmo Also, I tried to get some lower level seats yesterday and they were all sold out..Looking at the game it appears many of the seniors citizens stayed home while the students went MIA again..When will UH find room for the students?..I'm old too but university sports must have student participation..Jmho
on November 9,2013 | 09:22PM
allie wrote:
Gibby still playing very weak teams and puffing up his bad w-l record?
on November 10,2013 | 07:28AM
niimi wrote:
Nice game. This team shoots really well for a running team. WMU was missing their all conf. big man, but Hawaii was again without Spearman. They pressed well enough to take WMU out of their sets, and they are a rhythm team. WMU defended well in transition to force Hawaii turnovers, but Hawaii really shot well from the line, especially in the 2nd half. Gosh, that is the difference in the game. Nice win!
on November 9,2013 | 09:47PM
Tipops wrote:
Is it just me or does Standhardinger seem to play out of control a LOT! This was a great win tonight in spite of the worst officiating I've seen in a while. If we can continue to improve as the season moves along, we should see some good things happen this year. Those two new guards #0 and #11 are such a welcome addition to the team. Just what the doctor ordered, we were hurting in that position last year. Shamburger can do it all and Smith ain't too shabby either. Western Michigan was a well-coached team that will win many games this year. It will be interesting to see how we fare against a team with more height. Still, looks like this season will be fun. Oh, by the way, for those of you who went to the basketball game and may not have heard, our football guys dropped another one today. 0 and 9, auwe! The Wahine won also. All in all a pretty good day for UH sports.
on November 9,2013 | 09:51PM
Eradication wrote:
Box scores?
on November 9,2013 | 10:57PM
jkjones wrote:
nice win.
on November 10,2013 | 05:36AM
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