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Fans celebrate big Rainbow Warriors win

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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

As time wound down, the cheers went up inside Big City Diner’s Ward location.

Scores of fans gathered to watch the Rainbow Warriors 8 a.m. tip-off against Cal in the first round of the NCAA Basketball Tournament (and enjoy a roughly two hour breakfast in the process).

They weren't disappointed to have come out -- and see a historic win for the program with fellow fans.

"It was fun," said Derek Gabriel. He quipped, "I really just came for breakfast and was like 'oh, the game is on!  A lot of clapping going on. I'm like 'yes that egg was great! Yes!"

Gabriel, and everyone else, left satisfied.

Not just from the heaping plates of food, but also from watching the Rainbow Warriors win the program’s first-ever NCAA Tournament game, upsetting the fourth-seeded Bears 77-66.

Trey Stephenson kept a keen eye on the game.

“They had a lot of foul trouble with their starters," he said. "They won this game with a lot of their starters on the bench. If they show up next game and play better than they did today, they can go far in this tournament."

Ricardo Morales took vacation time to coincide with his son’s school spring break. “I thought, watch the game, go to the beach after. Can't beat it," he said.

On the Manoa campus, the mood reflected the win. Students talked about pride, redemption and optimism.

"It's been a Cinderella story so far, but nothing that the team didn't think they could do," said student Brad Tamashiro.

UH football player Zach Wilson said it's been great to watch the team go so far.

"We all want to succeed in what we want to do," he said.

Not everyone got to watch the game, but they all found out eventually.

"I was actually in class and my dad texted me saying we won," said UH Manoa student Shannon Krakover. "It was good and even my teacher announced it during our test."

The team continues its improbable run Sunday against fifth-seeded Maryland, which knocked off South Dakota State in the first round. 

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