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Rainbow Warriors take fifth place

Hawaii gets good balance in 79-73 victory over Oregon State

December 26, 2013
By KALANI TAKASE , The Associated Press

HONOLULU - The University of Hawaii men's basketball team got a balanced effort from its starters in a 79-73 victory over Oregon State in the fifth-place game of the Diamond Head Classic on Wednesday.

Isaac Fotu scored 17 points, Garrett Nevels added 16, Christian Standhardinger had 15 and Brandon Spearman contributed 14 for the Rainbow Warriors (9-3), who have won seven of their last eight games. Keith Shamburger chipped in with nine points, 10 assists and six rebounds.

"The last two games the guy (Shamburger) has 16 (assists) and one (turnover). That's unbelievable," Hawaii coach Gib Arnold said of his point guard. "I even wanted him to shoot it a little more. He's really getting everybody involved and taking it upon himself to get everyone involved."

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Hawaii’s Christian Standhardinger is fouled by Oregon State’s Devon Collier (44) during the Rainbow Warriors’ 79-73 victory over the Beavers during the Diamond Head Classic on Wednesday.
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The Rainbow Warriors, who led by as many as 19 points in the second half, went 7-of-12 from 3-point range.

Roberto Nelson scored 22 points, Devon Collier added 13 points and 10 rebounds and Challe Barton also contributed 13 points for the Bea-vers (7-4).

"We beat two very good teams, we got beat by a team by one at the buzzer," Arnold said.

Fact Box


Wednesday's Results At Honolulu


No. 14 Iowa St. 70, Boise St. 66

Third Place

South Carolina 69, Akron 59

Fifth Place

Hawaii 79, Oregon St. 73

Seventh Place

George Mason 65, Saint Mary's (Calif.) 63

"I think we could've won this (tournament). The guys are upset because we couldn't win it. We play good basketball at this time of the year."

A 12-0 second-half run by Hawaii began with Fotu's layup with 12 minutes, 25 seconds on the clock and concluded with his easy basket off an inbounds pass, which made it 65-46 with 8:05 remaining.

Oregon State answered by scoring 16 of the next 20 points, but couldn't get closer than six the rest of the way.

"We just started playing harder and we executed our offense, which we stopped doing and we stopped feeling sorry for ourselves," Beavers coach Craig Robinson said. "They (the Rainbow Warriors) made a couple of shots and couple plays and we were feeling sorry for ourselves. You can't beat a good team if you do that."

* No. 14 Iowa St. 70, Boise State 66: DeAndre Kane scored 23 points as the Cyclones (11-0) remained unbeaten with a victory over the Broncos (10-3) on Wednesday in the championship game of the Diamond Head Classic.

The win gave Iowa State its best start to a season in school history.

Derrick Marks scored 23 points for Boise State.



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