Mike Thomas had a season-high 16 points, Aaron Valdes added 17 more and the University of Hawai'i men's basketball team cruised to a 77-48 win over Mississippi Valley State on Tuesday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Mike Thomas was near perfect in the post, getting his season-best total on 8-9 shooting while also pulling down six rebounds. Valdes was efficient as well shooting 5-11 from the floor for his game-high 17 points and also grabbed six rebounds. The 'Bows held MVSU to just 32% from the floor and its 48 points was the lowest total by a UH opponent since 2011.
Vacha Vaughn led MVSU (0-14) with 15 points on 6-8 shooting.
The 'Bows (10-2) owned the paint early with Isaac Fleming (2 pts, 3 ast) finding Valdes and Stefan Jankovic (8 pts, 4 reb) for easy buckets. Valdes got it going early, getting into double figures less than nine minutes into the game. His alley-oop dunk from Fleming got the crowd into it and the 'Bows took off from there.
A pair of early buckets from Latrell Love kept MVSU in it early, but Valdes' layup capped an 8-0 spurt and gave the 'Bows a 15-4 lead. The undersized Delta Devils had trouble finding the basket for much of the first half as UH used an 11-0 run and took advantage of a 6:04 MVSU scoring drought to extend to a 23-point lead.
Ta'jay Henry got a pair of layups for MVSU early in the second half but the 'Bows had no inclination of letting the Delta Devils back in the game. Valdes threw another dunk down to cap an early 7-0 run as UH extended the lead to as much as 38 points.
Roderick Bobbitt had five points and a game-high five assists with Sai Tummala adding five points and six rebounds.
The 'Bows will play their final non-conference game heading into Big West Conference play when they face Howard on Saturday, Jan. 2 at 5:30 p.m. The game will be the opener of a men's and women's basketball doubleheader at the Stan Sheriff Center as the Rainbow Wahine will take on Penn at 8:00 p.m.
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