Rainbow Warriors win Diamond Head Classic opener, 84-71
By Dayton Morinaga
Advertiser Staff Writer
The University of Hawai‘i men’s basketball team advanced to the semifinals of the inaugural Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic with an 84-71 victory over College of Charleston tonight.
A crowd of 4,567 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched the Rainbow Warriors improve to 6-4 with their fourth consecutive victory.
The ’Bows will play UNLV in a semifinal game on Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. UNLV is ranked No. 20 in the coaches top 25 poll.
Hawai‘i used a balanced and efficient offensive attack to defeat the Cougars.
Petras Balocka had 19 points, 13 rebounds and six assists to lead the ’Bows in all three categories.
Hiram Thompson added 15 points, six rebounds and five assists, Dwain Williams scored 11, and Roderick Flemings, Adhar Mayen and Paul Campbell contributed nine points each for Hawai‘i.
The ’Bows shot a season-high 60.4 percent from the field, including 71.4 percent (5 of 7) from 3-point range.
The ’Bows raced to a 9-2 lead to open the game, and stayed in control for the entire first half.
Hawai‘i led by as many as 19 points in the first half, and eventually took a 39-27 advantage at intermission.
Hawai‘i shot 62.5 percent from the field in the first half, including 80 percent (4 of 5) from 3-point range.
The Cougars shot just 34.4 percent in the first half, but took some momentum into halftime with a 9-2 run in the final 2:19 of the half.
The ’Bows increased their lead to 52-31 with 15:13 remaining in the second half, then held off a late charge by the Cougars.
CofC cut the Hawaiçi lead to eight points several times in the closing minutes, but never got any closer.
Andrew Goudelock scored a game-high 29 points for the Cougars, who dropped to 5-5. Goudelock shot 12 of 28 from the field, including 2 of 9 from 3-point range.