comscore Hawaii men’s basketball team takes care of Division II Hawaii-Hilo | Honolulu Star-Advertiser
Sports Breaking | Top News

Hawaii men’s basketball team takes care of Division II Hawaii-Hilo

  • GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM
                                University of Hawaii’s Mate Colina battles for a reboung against UH-Hilo players Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones and Sasa Vuksanivic.

    GEORGE F. LEE / GLEE@STARADVERTISER.COM

    University of Hawaii’s Mate Colina battles for a reboung against UH-Hilo players Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones and Sasa Vuksanivic.

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.

Comments (5)

By participating in online discussions you acknowledge that you have agreed to the Terms of Service. An insightful discussion of ideas and viewpoints is encouraged, but comments must be civil and in good taste, with no personal attacks. If your comments are inappropriate, you may be banned from posting. Report comments if you believe they do not follow our guidelines.

Having trouble with comments? Learn more here.

Click here to see our full coverage of the coronavirus outbreak. Submit your coronavirus news tip.

Be the first to know
Get web push notifications from Star-Advertiser when the next breaking story happens — it's FREE! You just need a supported web browser.
Subscribe for this feature

Scroll Up