HONOLULU – (Hawaii Athletics) The University of Hawai'i men's basketball used a strong second half effort to pull away from Arkansas-Pine Bluff, 81-54, on the second day of the Outrigger Hotels and Resorts Rainbow Classic.
UH's win sets up a championship matchup with Houston Baptist on Monday night in a nationally televised game at 11:00 p.m. The Huskies defeated Maryland Eastern Shore, 77-50, in Sunday's first contest to improve to 2-0.
After leading just 33-27 at the break, the Rainbow Warriors (2-0) exploded for 48 points in the second half in taking down the Golden Lions (0-2). UH used a decisive 19-7 run in the first five minutes of the second half and built its lead to as many as 30 points late in the game.
Hauns Brereton and Vander Joaquim each scored 15 points, with Brereton also chipping in nine rebounds and three assists. Brandon Spearman poured in 12 points, while Christian Standhardinger added 11. For the second straight game, senior point guard Jace Tavita ran the show, finishing with a game-high 10 assists and adding eight points.
After a competitive first half, the 'Bows steamrolled in the second half. UH shot 55 percent after the break while absolutely shutting down the Golden Lions. APB shot just 18 percent (7-of-38) in the second half and finished the game shooting just 26 percent.
UH will now seeks its 13th Classic title and its second straight. It's a "Blackout" on Monday and fans are encouraged to wear black shirts during its nationally televised game versus Houston Baptist. All seats are general admission that night as UH takes part in ESPN's College Hoops Tipoff Marathon for the fifth straight year.