IMG_2994.jpg

UH senior guard Brocke Stepteau led the Rainbow Warriors with a career-high 24 points (hitting 12-of-13 free throws) and five assists to beat Utah 90-79 in the first round of the Wooden Legacy tournament on Nov. 22 at Titan Gym. 

The Rainbow Warrior basketball team defeated Utah 90-79 in the first round of the Wooden Legacy on Thursday night at Titan Gym in Fullerton, Calif.

This is Hawaiʻi's first victory against a Pac-12 opponent since March 18, 2016, when they defeated California in the first round of the NCAA tournament.

In the first half, Hawai'i (4-1) kept it close with the Utes (2-2) with five lead changes and four ties.

But problems with fouls in the first half did not help the Rainbow Warriors, as six players landed two fouls, and Utah was in the double bonus before the 8:00 mark.

The Rainbow Warrior offense was firing away at the Utes, shooting 15-of-26 on 11 assists, and hitting 4-of-11 beyond the arc.

Sophomore guard Drew Buggs, senior guard Brocke Stepteau and senior forward Jack Purchase combined for 25 of Hawaiʻi's 39 points in the first half.

Hawai'i started the second half leading by eight points, and at one point led by 23.

However, towards the end of the game, Utah came within eight points, but Hawaiʻi would go on to win the game after shooting 20-of-22 from the line.

As a team, the 'Bows shot 28-of-53 from the floor, 9-of-24 beyond the arc and 19 assists to garner 90 points.

Stepteau led the ‘Bows with 24 points, shooting 5-of-8 in field goals, and 12-of-13 on the line. He also added five assists to his line while only turning the ball over once.

Seton Hall, who defeated Grand Canyon 82-75 earlier tonight, awaits the Rainbow Warriors in the semifinals tomorrow.

The game tips-off at 6:30 p.m. HST and will be broadcasted live on ESPN2 and on the radio on ESPN 1420 AM.