The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team gave Missouri all it could handle before eventually succumbing, 92-80, Saturday night at the Sprint Center.
Playing its first game on the mainland this season, UH held a 46-45 lead at the break, but couldn't keep up with Tigers in the second half. The Tigers shot 58 percent from the field, including a 56-36 advantage in the paint, as UH dropped to 2-2 on the year.
Christian Standhardinger led UH with a season-high 22 points on 9-of-12 shooting. Garrett Nevels added 17 points and Keith Shamburger chipped in 12. Brandon Spearman , who missed the first three games of the season, returned to the starting lineup and finished with 11 points in 31 minutes of action.
Four Tigers scored in double figures led by Jabari Brown's 23 points.
It was fast-and-furious to start the game and Mizzou briefly built a 10-point lead late in the half. But UH ended on a 16-5 run to take a 46-45 lead in to the locker room. The Tigers, who nailed 13 of its first 16 field goal attempts, shot 58 percent for the half compared to UH's 42 percent. But the 'Bows went to the line often, converting 16-of-18 from the charity stripe.
The Tigers scored the first bask of the second half to reclaim the lead—a lead they wouldn't relinquish. The 'Bows remained in striking distance throughout the half until Mizzou built a 13-point lead with five minutes remaining. The Tigers (3-0) turned the tables on UH in the second half, converting 14-of-21 free throws, while limiting UH to just eight trips to the line.
The Rainbow Warriors now return home for three straight home games, beginning with a match-up against UH Hilo on Thursday, Nov. 21 at 7:00 p.m.
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