North Texas dominated both sides of the court to rout Hawaiʻi 68-51 for the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic title on Sunday night at the Stan Sheriff Center in front of 5,037 people.
Hawaiʻi junior forward Zigmars Raimo tallied 14 points and seven rebounds in the Rainbow Warrior's first loss of the season.
North Texas (4-0) came out aggressive on both sides of the court, spearheading a 12-2 lead over the 'Bows (2-1) at the 15 minute mark in the first half.
“They had some really good dynamic guards that were fast. If we want to compete at the highest level we need to compete better with those guards," sophomore guard Drew Buggs said.
10 minutes in, the tensions were running high after the referees called several travel and a fouls under the baskets. The tension calmed down after a timeout was called by 'Bows head coach Eran Ganot.
“We couldn’t keep them in front," Ganot said. "Our team defense was atrocious. The guys off the bench weren’t defending either. We are talking about lob dunks, they beat us in every facet."
'Bows junior guard Eddie Stansberry hit a three-pointer at 8:12 to trail 20-12. Both teams were over the foul limit with four minutes left in the first half.
North Texas dominated the 'Bows 35-17 going into the half.
North Texas commanded the second half in every aspect of the game. The 'Bows were held to 36.5 percent shooting overall and made 17 turnovers.
“We don’t want handouts," Ganot said. We gotta fight ourselves out of this and work together. We gotta own what we did today and be a professional about it. We can’t hope our way out of this.”
Redshirt sophomore forward Jahmiah Simmons led North Texas shooting 56 percent from the field with 13 points, four rebounds, and two assists.
'Bows junior forward Zigmars Raimo led UH shooting 83 percent from the field with 14 points and seven rebounds.
UH returns to the court to play against Northern Arizona on Nov. 18 at the Stan Sheriff Center.