University of Hawaii guard Justin Webster scored eight of his 15 points in a three-minute burst to open the second half and the Rainbow Warriors pulled away from Hawaii-Hilo in an 89-66 win tonight at SimpliFi Arena.
The Rainbows (2-0) led the Vulcans by 10 at halftime and — much like their opener against Hawaii Pacific — rode a hot start to the second half to pull away from their Division II foe. UH remained undefeated in 12 meetings in the intra-state series.
UH forward Casdon Jardine hit three of his four 3-point attempts and finished with 13 points. James Jean-Marie added 12 points off the bench on 3-for-4 shooting from the field and 6-for-7 from the free-throw line. Forward Justin Hemsley contributed 10 points and opened the second half with a dunk to ignite UH’s 21-8 run over the first five minutes after halftime.
Freshman Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones led UH-Hilo with 18 points in the debut of Big Island product Kaniela Aiona as the Vulcans’ head coach.
Sasa Vuksanovic, the Vulcans’ leading returning scorer, finished with 14 points despite picking up his fourth foul with 15:36 left. Guard Darren Williams finished with 13. The game counted as an exhibition for UH-Hilo.
The Rainbow Warriors open Big West play with a two-game series against Cal Poly on Dec. 27 and 28 at SimpliFi Arena.
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