UC Santa Barbara (8-18) at Hawaii (16-11)
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DATE & TIME: Thursday, February 28, 11:59 p.m. (et)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) -- Honolulu, Hawaii.
Television: OCSports. Home Record: UCSB 6-6, Hawaii 12-5. Away Record: UCSB
2-12, Hawaii 3-6. Neutral Record: UCSB 0-0, Hawaii 1-0. Conference Record:
UCSB 4-10, Hawaii 9-6. Series Record: Hawaii leads, 5-4.
GAME NOTES: The Gauchos of UC Santa Barbara try to bring an end to a three-
game slide on Thursday night, as they visit the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors for a
Big West Conference showdown at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.
Currently buried near the bottom of the Big West standings with a record of
4-10, the Gauchos have lost eight of their last nine outings overall, which is
why they are 10 games under .500 on the campaign overall. The most recent
setback for the program came out of conference against Sacramento State last
Saturday in a narrow 51-50 final.
As for the Rainbow Warriors, in their first season in the league after coming
over from the Western Athletic Conference, they are on solid ground in the
upper half of the conference standings entering the week, thanks to nine wins
in 15 chances. Like UCSB, Hawaii also went out of conference last weekend as
it dominated Northern Arizona at home in an 84-50 final in order to snap a
Hawaii won the first meeting of the season a month ago by a score of 78-73 on
the road, as Christian Standhardinger put together a massive double-double for
the visitors with 31 points and 16 rebounds. With the victory, the Rainbow
Warriors assumed a 5-4 lead in the all-time series.
A 3-pointer by Taran Brown with less than 20 seconds remaining in regulation
pushed the Gauchos to a 50-49 lead over Sacramento State last Saturday, but
the defense then turned around and allowed the Hornets to hit the game-winning
layup in the waning moments of the one-point decision. While the visitors had
four players score in double figures, the only one answering that description
for UCSB was Brown who tallied 18 points, while Alan Williams accounted for
eight points, 11 rebounds and five blocked shots in the setback.
Although he missed a few games, Williams is easily the top performer at the
offensive end against league foes as he tallies 18.5 ppg, shooting 50.6
percent from the floor. Williams is averaging a double-double in those
contests as well with his 10.8 rpg, yet his efforts on the glass merely have
the unit tied with the competition in overall rebounding per game. Kyle
Boswell is second on the scoring chart with his 13.3 ppg, thanks to his 44.7
percent shooting beyond the arc, but a shoulder injury has him listed as
questionable for this contest.
The Warriors scored the first points of the game against NAU last weekend and
never looked back, as all but one starter scored in double figures for the
hosts in the 34-point pummeling. Vander Joaquim delivered a double-double with
20 points and a game-high 12 rebounds, while Standhardinger tallied a game-
high 21 points and also cleared nine boards. Hauns Brereton and Isaac Fotu
chipped in 13 and 10 points, respectively, and Davis Rozitis claimed 10
rebounds in just 13 minutes off the bench as the team won the rebounding
Over the course of 15 conference bouts, Standhardinger leads the Rainbow
Warriors with 16.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per contest, shooting almost as
well from the floor (.570) as he is at the free-throw line (.619), which is
more of an indictment of the latter. The progress of Standhardinger has meant
that Joaquim doesn't have to shoulder all of the load in the paint anymore,
but he is still contributing at a high level with 12.3 ppg and 7.6 rpg for the
The work of Standhardinger and Joaquim, as well as Isaac Fotu, in the paint is
what makes the Rainbow Warriors such a tough matchup for many Big West
opponents this season, and that should continue when UCSB stops by.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Hawaii 74, UC Santa Barbara 63
02/28 10:33:47 ET
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