Rainbow Warrior basketball goes cold in 72-61 loss to No. 21 Washington


Courtesy Hawaii Athletics

The University of Hawaii men’s basketball team fell to No. 21 Washington 72-61 in the semifinals of the Diamond Head Classic on Monday night.

The Rainbow Warriors (8-4) attempted a program record 39 3-pointers, converting on just nine of them as the Huskies (10-2) stifled the ‘Bows with their tenacious zone defense.

Eddie Stansberry, who entered Monday’s contest converting on 41.1 percent of his 3-point attempts, was 1-of-17 from 3. The 17 attempts are also a program record.

On Monday, Isaiah Stewart had a game-high 26 points and 13 rebounds on 13-of-21 shooting to lead UW. Fellow 2020 NBA Draft prospect Jaden McDaniels added nine points and 13 boards.

Zigmars Raimo had a double-double of 15 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for Hawaii, while freshman guard Justin Webster had a team-high 16 points on 4-of-8 shooting from 3.

The ‘Bows will face Georgia Tech in the third-place game on Christmas day. Tipoff is set for 1:30 p.m. at the Stan Sheriff Center. UH has still never been to the finals of the DHC, which the ‘Bows have competed in annually since 2009.

Houston won the other semifinal matchup 70-59, setting up a a date with Washington in the championship game that will follow the UH-GT game.

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