In the second night of the Wooden Legacy tournament, Hawaiʻi went down to Seton Hall in the semifinals 64-54.
Seton Hall (3-2) scored 82 points in its first game of the tournament against Grand Canyon, while Hawaiʻi (4-2) scored 90 in its first game against Utah.
At the end of the first half, the Pirates were in the lead 25-23. The game had six ties and nine lead changes in the first half alone.
Senior guard Sheriff Drammeh led the ‘Bows into the locker room with nine points, going 4-of-7 from the floor and 1-of-4 beyond the arc.
Senior guard Brocke Stepteau, who scored 24 in the first round, did not score a point in the first half. On Seton Hall’s side, junior guard Myles Powell, who scored the tournament high 40 points in the Pirates’ first round, scored only seven in the first half.
The second half started as another close game, but Hawaiʻi’s last final lead would come with 14:15 left. After that, Seton Hall would go on to shoot 52 percent from the field, and their lead grew to 14 with 2:31 left, which the ‘Bows were unable to overcome.
In the overall statistics, Hawaiʻi had 15 turnovers while the Pirates came up with only nine turnovers. In the end, Hawaiʻi landed up trailing for just over 23 minutes in the game, while only leading for just under seven minutes.
Drammeh and junior guard Eddie Stansberry each contributed 14 points to the ‘Bows overall 54 points.
Stansberry went 4-of-9 beyond the arc and 5-of-12 overall.
The Pirates had their own stars in the second half. Powell, senior forward Michael Nzei and sophomore guard/forward Michael Cale combined for 45 of Seton Hall’s 64 points and are now on their way to play the Miami Hurricanes in Sunday’s championship game.
Hawaiʻi will play in Sunday’s third place game against former Western Athletic Conference rival Fresno State, who lost to Miami earlier in the night by just two points, 78-76.
The game will be aired on Sunday on ESPNU at 11:00 a.m. HST, and can also be streamed on the WatchESPN app. It will also be on the radio on ESPN 1420 AM.