HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - The game between the Warriors and UC Riverside was never close, the home team led by as many as 29 points en route to a dominant 87-64 blowout win in front of an ecstatic Stan Sheriff center.
The Warriors enjoyed a double digit lead throughout most of the evening thanks to the sizzling 59% shooting night from the floor and 13 made three-pointers.
The three-pointers fell with regularity tonight just like they have for Jack Purchase all of his career.
The former Auburn Tiger now turned University of Hawai’i basketball legend, surpassed the great Zane Johnson this evening in made three-point field goals.
Purchase entered the evening in a tie with Johnson’s mark of 180 and surpassed him on his very first attempt from the field.
“To be mentioned in the same sentence as Zane is an honor,” said Purchase. “The best part about getting the record tonight was that Brocke got me the assist.”
Purchase led the way in scoring pouring in a game-high 23 points, his five made three-pointers now put him at 185 and counting for his career.
Senior point guard Broke Stepteau added 17 points after a blistering hot start, Eddie Stansberry contributed 15, and Drew Buggs efficiently facilitated on a night where he had no turnovers to go along with eight assists.
Head Coach Eran Ganot was pleased with the offensive explosion and believes his team is playing the right brand of basketball at the right time.
“It was a big week for us to continue to protect home-court,” said Ganot. “This game is another step in the right direction.”