Hawai’i men get blown out by North Texas

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HONOLULU – The University of Hawai’i suffered its first loss of the season with a 68-51 setback to North Texas in the championship game of the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic Sunday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
 
In its attempt for its 16th overall Rainbow Classic title, UH (2-1) dug itself into any early hole and couldn’t recover in falling to a Mean Green squad that has started the season 4-0.
 
Jorden Duffy and Jahmiah Simmons led North Texas with 13 points apiece while tournament Most Outstanding Player Ryan Wooldridge had 12 points, eight rebounds, six assists and four steals.
 
Zigmars Raimo led three Rainbow Warriors in double-figures with 14 points and seven rebounds. Drew Buggs added 12 points, while Jack Purchasefinished with 10.
 
North Texas came out of the gates fast. The Mean Green scored the first seven points of the game and UH fell down by double digits less than four minutes in. North Texas eventually took an 35-17 lead into the locker room after UH shot just 5-of-24 (21 percent) from the floor in the first half.
 
Things didn’t get much better for UH in the second half as the Mean Green built its lead to as many as 25 points. North Texas shot 49 percent for the game, compared to UH’s 37 percent, while out-scoring the ‘Bows 44-26 in the paint. UH committed 17 turnovers against UNT after having that same number in the first two games combined. The Mean Green parlayed 26 points off those turnovers.    
 
The Rainbow Warriors will return to the Stan Sheriff Center court when it hosts Northern Arizona on Sunday, Nov. 18. Tip will be at 5:00 p.m. and will be part of a doubleheader with the women’s basketball team which faces Seattle.

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