(Photos by Luis Flores / Hawaii Media Source)
by Kristen Kumakura
After the Wooden Legacy tournament, the Rainbow Warriors makes their way to Pauley Pavilion in Los Angeles, California where they lost to 17th-ranked UCLA Bruins, 80-61
The first half was a tough start for Hawaii’i (4-4) as UCLA (5-2) shot 57 percent overall which includes making 8-of-13 three-pointers. Half way through the first half the Bruins had a 15-1 run as the Rainbow Warriors struggled to stop them, forcing Head Coach Eran Ganot to call a timeout.
UCLA’s junior guard Prince Ali was a threat to Hawaii’i as Ali was shooting 100 percent overall. After the first half, Hawaii’i trails 26-45.
Going into the second half, Head Coach Ganot changed the line-up putting in Eddie Stansberry for Brocke Stepteau.
The line-up could have made a difference as Hawaii’i fights in the second half putting up 35 points, the same amount of points as UCLA.
Meanwhile, freshmen forward Owen Hulland put up 14 points tonight, shooting 5-of-10 field goals, 1-of-4 three-pointers, and 3-of-3 free throws.
Even though Hawaii’i shot 85 percent at the free throw line and the bench putting up 31 points compared to UCLA’s bench putting up 18 points, it still wasn’t enough to catch up to UCLA.
On the other hand, fans got a special treat tonight as Lonzo Ball made an appearance at the game. Ball is a former UCLA guard and currently plays for the LA Lakers.
The Rainbow Warriors fly back home as they get a 9 day break till next match up against UH-Hilo at the San Sheriff Center on December 8. Tip-off is scheduled for 7:00 p.m. HST.