By Kyle Galdeira
The University of Hawaii men’s basketball team poured in 11 three-point buckets and piled up 46 points in the second half to down visiting Portland, 82-64, to tip off the 54th Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic championship Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
UH junior forward Zigmars Raimo led the squad with 17 points and eight rebounds, while sharpshooter Jack Purchase connected on three treys, dished out five assists and chipped in 15 points. Hawai‘i guards Brocke Stepteau and Eddie Stansberry buried four 3-point buckets apiece as the green-clad Rainbow Warriors overcame 25 personal fouls, which led to 25 made free throws for the Pilots.
Guard Marcus Shaver Jr. led Portland (1-1) with a game-high 19 points and three triples, however, his teammates made just two of 11 three-point attempts.
Hawai‘i (1-0) fell behind early as Portland went on a 13-2 run that included an 8-0 streak, but the ‘Bows bounced back to take a 36-34 halftime lead.
UH was red-hot from the field in the second frame, and saw its lead balloon after connecting on 16-of-29 shots (55.2 percent), while Portland made just 4-of-15 shots (26.7 percent).
The Rainbow Warriors return to the Stan Sheriff Center on Saturday to continue tourney action against Humboldt State (7 p.m.), and Hawai‘i wraps up the Rainbow Classic on Sunday (6 p.m.) with a matchup with North Texas.