HONOLULU – (Hawaii Athletics) The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team got off to a torrid start and never looked back in a 84-50 win over Northern Arizona in a non-conference game Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
In its final-ever BracketBusters game, UH (17-11) absolutely blitzed the Lumberjacks (10-17), taking a double-digit lead mere minutes into the game and leading from wire-to-wire. UH shot a sizzling 67 percent in the first half to stake a 17-point lead at the break and didn't rest on its laurels, ramping up its defense in the second half to built its lead even further. The Lumberjacks shot just 17 percent (5-of-29) after the break and just 28 percent for the game.
The UH bigs—Vander Joaquim (20 points, 12 rebounds), Christian Standhardinger (21 points, nine rebounds),Isaac Fotu (10 points) and Davis Rozitis (10 rebounds)—spearheaded a dominating frontcourt effort. Hauns Brereton poured in 13 points, while Jace Tavita recorded eights assists to just one turnover.
The 'Bows blitzed NAU right from the start. UH converted 11 of its first 13 field goal attempts, including eight in a row to start the game to jump out to a 28-11 lead less than eight minutes in. Joaquim fittingly capped the first half by nailing a 35-footer at the buzzer to give the 'Bows a 49-32 lead at the break. Joaquim had 18 points in the first half alone, while Brereton and Standhardinger also cracked double figures by halftime.
UH didn't relent in the second half with a defensive effort that held the Lumberjacks to just 18 second-half points. The Rainbow Warriors finished with a season-high eight blocks, while out-rebounding the Lumberjacks, 47-32.
The 'Bows will resume Big West action when they host their final two home games of the year, beginning with a meeting versus UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, Feb. 28. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m.