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'Canes break away from 'Bows

By Brian McInnis

LAST UPDATED: 10:13 a.m. HST, Dec 23, 2012

Masonry loved Hawaii's company on Saturday night.

Bricklayers across the state would have saluted the Rainbow Warriors' errant effort in a 73-58 loss to Miami in the opening round of the 2012 Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic.

A crowd of about 7,000 at the Stan Sheriff Center initially had plenty to cheer about as UH hung within a point of the mammoth Hurricanes in an offensively-starved first half. But 'Canes guard Durand Scott scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half to break it open, and the Sheriff grew increasingly quiet as the only drama became whether UH would avoid a season low in points. They did, barely, getting a few garbage-time hoops to finish at 40 percent from the floor.



Next: UH vs. East Tennessee State, 4 p.m. in consolation bracket game. TV: ESPNU. Radio: 1420-AM.

Most of 2013 DHC field announced

Six of eight teams in the 2013 field of the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic basketball tournament were revealed on Saturday.

Besides host Hawaii, they are George Mason of the Colonial Athletic Association, Iowa State of the Big 12, Saint Mary's of the West Coast Conference, Oregon State of the Pac-12 and South Carolina of the Southeastern Conference.


It was much worse than that for much of the night, including 28.6 percent in the first half.

"I think the first half, when we couldn't hit our shots, we were a little scared in the second half that we'd still keep missing. We've just gotta keep shooting," said backup center Davis Rozitis, who did his part with 4-for-4 shooting, including three dunks.

The 'Bows were banished to the DHC consolation bracket for the third straight year. UH (5-4) has a quick turnaround vs. East Tennessee State (2-8) at 4 p.m. today. Miami, which is receiving votes in the AP Top 25, won its seventh straight and advanced to face No. 4 Arizona in the 6:30 p.m. semifinal.

The 'Bows showed none of the run-and-gun offensive touch in their 104-point, 60 percent-shooting offensive outing over Chaminade last week.

It became a halfcourt grind against a roster featuring five players standing 6-10 or taller. UH won the rebounding battle 34-31, but seemingly every big putback went the Hurricanes' way.

"Our defense was good, we just didn't get defensive rebounds. They made a real effort to go inside," UH coach Gib Arnold said. "As big as we are, we were small."

Miami shot 63 percent in the second period for a DHC half-record 51 points. Turnovers after the break — a 16-8 disparity for the game — only compounded matters.

UH's leading scorer entering the game, forward Christian Standhardinger, did not score until 9:20 remained and finished 10 below his average with seven. Starting small forward Hauns Brereton was benched in favor of freshman Brandon Jawato after a scoreless first half.

Jawato responded with a personal-best 12 points, but no other UH player scored in double figures.

Arnold subbed liberally against Miami, which arrived in Hawaii on Thursday night.

"The game plan going in was we wanted to try to get to their legs. Rebound and run. When we can do that, we're pretty good," Arnold said. "We figured that could be to our advantage if we could go to the bench."

UH's bench outscored Miami's 33-11, but the battle among the starters was no contest.

Miami point guard Shane Larkin stole the ball from UH counterpart Jace Tavita on consecutive possessions to open up a double-digit lead a few minutes into the second half.

An ugly first half, in which UH went 8-for-28 and Miami not much better, gave way to a shooting clinic … but only by the Hurricanes. The U connected on five straight 3-point-attempts in the decisive stretch — four by Scott — after starting 1-for-10 from deep.

"I don't think we played to the best of our abilities in the first half," Larkin said. "In the second half, we just came out with better defensive intensity and we turned them over a couple times and with those turnovers we got easy buckets and that got everybody started and then Durand Scott just caught fire from behind the arc. When somebody catches fire like that, you have to find him and we did and he just took over the game."

But while Miami scored on its first three possessions coming out of a 22-21 game at halftime, UH was mired in its masonry. The 'Bows narrowly averted shooting under 40 percent for the third time in four games with a layup by Ozren Pavlovic to beat the buzzer.

Junior guard Garrett Jefferson got the starting nod at point guard over Jace Tavita, who was ejected in the Chaminade game and demoted to the scout team at the start of the week.

Less than five minutes into the game, Jefferson gave way to Tavita, who had four assists against five turnovers.

UH went with its big lineup of Vander Joaquim, Standhardinger and Isaac Fotu in the starting lineup for the second straight game.

Miami, meanwhile, missed 300-pound starting senior center Reggie Johnson, who was out with a thumb injury. The Hurricanes' size dropoff was marginal, though, as Julian Gamble stepped in and put up nine points and nine boards in the first half. He finished with 16 and 13.

"They were definitely stronger down there," Rozitis said. "I think all the bigs, Vander (Joaquim), (Isaac) Fotu, Christian, me, we did our best. But we didn't take care of No. 45 (Gamble)."

A switch to zone defense helped UH go on a 10-0 run after falling behind 11-4 to open up the game.

UH took its first lead, 12-11, on a transition 3-pointer from Jawato. From there, though, the game settled into a complete halfcourt grind.

Rozitis had two first-half dunks on looks from Tavita.

Miami took a 22-21 lead into the half after Standhardinger's elbow jumper off a pump fake came up short.

The teams last played on Jan 31, 1969, an 84-82 Miami win.

CORRECTION: UH plays at 4 p.m. today. An earlier version of this story and the story in the print editon said they play at 4:30 p.m.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
all i can say Gib Arnold is lol.
on December 23,2012 | 04:19AM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
i mean even Dave Shoji at 65 years old can beat Stanford, sometimes the number one ranked team in the country, in NCAA Division I Women's Volleyball. Dude, Gib Arnold, if u cannot beat a team in ur home court, I think we need to hire John Calipari from Kentucky. Calipari's job may be under consideration for the debacle that is going on this year at Kentucky.
on December 23,2012 | 04:21AM
fishwrider wrote:
funny, that's what your mom said about you.
on December 23,2012 | 06:55AM
Muraoka wrote:
Huh? lol.
on December 23,2012 | 01:06PM
frontman wrote:
See where playing cream puffs and celebrating how good you are after beating D 2 teams gets you???? Another loss.
on December 23,2012 | 07:58AM
mishtah wrote:
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on December 23,2012 | 04:35AM
buds4life wrote:
A sign of a desperate coach. Point is that he failed to recruit a point guard and the team is suffering for it.
on December 23,2012 | 05:58AM
allie wrote:
on December 23,2012 | 07:49AM
Muraoka wrote:
Prior to this game Tavita averaged 26 minutes a game; he ended up playing 24 minutes as he served his punishment. I'm sure that sends such a chill up all the players' spines knowing that the next of them who shows a lack of discipline will reeeeeally suffer a stiffer penalty -- like reduction in playing time by 3 minutes, instead of 2. OK, don't get the Giblet mad before he really lays down the hammer. By the way -- anyone else see Tavita get picked clean by Larkin twice at midcourt? Just asking.
on December 23,2012 | 01:25PM
COlohe1 wrote:
"The 'Bows showed none of the run-and-gun offensive touch in their 104-point, 60 percent-shooting offensive outing over Chaminade last week." Of course not. Chaminade is Div II and the Bows are Div 1. Mebbe da Bows should go down to Div II.
on December 23,2012 | 06:12AM
dontbelieveinmyths wrote:
All UH teams should go undefeated and never have bad games. We should be ranked top ten in the nation every year. Otherwise get rid of the coach! Get real people.
on December 23,2012 | 06:31AM
allie wrote:
A total slaughter. Gibby best get back to scheduling kalani High school type teams
on December 23,2012 | 07:49AM
roughrider wrote:
How could UH possibly lose to a team that is among the top 30 in the nation? A team that was led in scoring by a guy who was the fifth-best shooting guard and ranked in the top 25 overall in the nation coming out of high school? A team that got a double-double from a guy who was the fourth-best player in the state of North Carolina coming out of high school? There's more, but I'll stop there. You get the picture.
on December 23,2012 | 08:07AM
allie wrote:
top 40 you mean
on December 23,2012 | 10:58AM
Muraoka wrote:
The picture was already clear before you chimed in -- Gib lied to all of us. Don't really care whether UH won or lost; I do care whether we have a coach who is true to his word or not. He said Tavita's role would be "diminished." I thought diminished meant lessened or reduced. Maybe Gib uses a different dictionary than all of us or maybe "contract rollover" is a more important concept than honesty and discipline. Mr. Jay was just witness to the true Gib.
on December 23,2012 | 01:06PM
entrkn wrote:
This is a pre-season tournament where teams learn to play their game and this was a learning experience but there is plenty of opportunity for success in the remaining games...
on December 23,2012 | 08:25AM
kaleo_1 wrote:
Vander and Tavita can act like "They are all that" against Chaminade but punk out against the big boys? Iʻm not a UH hater- I really do support them, but I donʻt appreciate when these guys thump their chest and walk around cocky and then donʻt back it up
on December 23,2012 | 11:21AM
masteruke wrote:
agree with you. but most of it is on gib. he said going in he wanted to wear them down. yet he didn't press, he didn't try to up the tempo and while they were getting burnt to crisp stayed in that zone. gib was not shown how to adjust as the game goes
on December 23,2012 | 12:30PM
Muraoka wrote:
We also need a coach that at least says what he means. Although I must admit that that may be too much to ask from a member of the Arnold clan.
on December 23,2012 | 01:10PM
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