Hawaii’s record sits at 4-4, coming off three straight losses – most recently at UCLA. The ‘Bows did get to play in the prestigious Wooden Legacy Tournament, where they got some national exposure.
“It was a great experience,” said junior guard Eddie Stansberry. “Being able to play in an atmosphere like that, in the arena. It was great. You could tell, even in the shootaround, guys we’re excited. Even myself, getting some shots up. It’s just a different feeling. It’s playing in a different atmosphere, and it’s definitely okay in that gym, too.”
“Look, you’re playing against Utah, Seton Hall, Fresno State, UCLA in eight days,” said head coach Eran Ganot. “There were breakthrough performances as a team and there were breakthrough performances as guys. Our bigs in the Utah game, our young bigs, obviously Owen Hull against UCLA, Samuta continued to come along. We have some returnees who have done it before. And now we come into this stretch with some young guys that are able to perform at various times during that eight day stretch against those kind of teams. So now they have something they can build off.”
The Rainbow Warriors start a seven-game home stand against D-II UH-Hilo on Saturday.
“It feels good to be home,” said Stansberry. “There’s no place like home. But being able to come back and get some practices in the Stan Sheriff is something that’s great. We know that we got to get back on the grind-mode and be ready for these games coming up. But just being home in general is just a good feeling.”
Tow games ago, against Fresno State, Hawaii had five players with double digit points.
“[It’s] absolutely a focus,” said Ganot. “I think it’s a trend and it’s probably happened a couple times this year, whether it’s four guys, five guys, sometimes six guys. We have eight or nine different guys, or maybe 10 different guys in our program that have scored double digits in their career. So I think that’s the mark of our program. We share the ball, too. So that allows some things to happen. I think it’s harder to guard. It’s an unselfish group. And hopefully we’ll have more like that moving forward.”