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Rainbow Warriors open season with rout of Florida A&M

The Maui News

Samuta Avea had 15 points and nine rebounds as the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team opened the season with a dominating 65-52 victory over Florida A&M in the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

The Rainbow Warriors — who are playing without Eran Ganot indefinitely while the head coach deals with medical concerns — never trailed in the game, which started with Avea’s first of three 3-pointers on the night.

UH used a 16-0 run to take a 21-4 lead with nine minutes to go in the first half and then finished the half on a 7-0 run to head into the locker rooms up 32-12. The Rainbow Warriors led by as many as 26 points in the second half, and the Rattlers would not get closer than 13 the rest of the way.

Bernardo Da Silva had 11 points, seven rebounds and two blocks, and Raimo Zigmars added 10 points and five rebounds for the Rainbow Warriors, which shot 36.1 percent (22 of 61) from the field and 23.1 percent (6 of 26) from 3. They outrebounded the Rattlers 48-39.

Kamron Reaves and Rod Melton Jr. each scored 11 points to lead Florida A&M (0-2).

UH next faces South Dakota on Sunday.