Stansberry, Drammah push UH to victory in non conference finale
HONOULU – The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team concluded its non-conference slate with a 71-63 victory over a scrappy Alabama A&M squad Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center.
HONOULU – The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team concluded its non-conference slate with a 71-63 victory over a scrappy Alabama A&M squad Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Rainbow Warriors improved to 9-5 overall with their fifth win in the last six contests.
The 'Bows, who trailed for much of the first half, eventually built a double-digit lead in the second half before fending off a late rally by the Bulldogs (1-12). Eddie Stansberry scored a game-high 26 points—the most by a UH player this season—to help UH seal its eighth home win of the season. The performance was highlighted by 6-of-10 shooting from behind the arc.
The Bulldogs entered the contest having won just one of their first 12 games. But they proved no push-over thanks in large part to some unbelievable long-range shooting. AAMU nailed eight of its first 11 three-point attempts, and when Tre Todd banked home a three with 3:39 left in the first half, the Bulldogs held a 34-26 lead.
UH answered with the hot-shooting Stansberry who scored six of UH's eight unanswered points tho close the half as the 'Bows drew even, 34-34, at the break. The junior guard scored 17 first-half points, including 4-of-5 shooting from behind the arc.
After the Bulldogs scored the first basket of the second half, Stansberry drilled his fifth three-pointer of the game to give UH the lead. The 'Bows wouldn't trail again. UH led by as many as 11 points with five minutes remaining, though they would need Stansberry's offensive punch one more time.
The Bulldogs went on a 9-0 run to cut the deficit to 63-61 with less than two minutes left but Stansberry shut the door on an AAMU comeback with a three-point play that put UH up by five points with a little more than a minute left.
After its hot start, AAMU shot just 2-of-12 on three-pointers in the second half. The Bulldogs stayed in the game by recording 12 steals and forcing UH into a season-high 18 turnovers.
ZIgmars Raimo finished with 14 points and seven rebounds for UH, while Jack Purchase had nine points, eight rebounds and four assists.
The Rainbow Warriors return to action on Wednesday, January 9 when it opens up Big West Conference play at home versus Cal State Fullerton on. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m.