Junior forward Zigmars Raimo erupted with 20 points, eight rebounds, four assists and two steals to help the University of Hawaiʻi beat Hawaiʻi Pacific University 81-45 in front of a crowd of 4,771 on Friday night at Stan Sheriff Center.
“It was all about my teammates, they found me in great spots. Brocke, Eddie and Jack, they just found me under the basket, all I had to do was finish," Raimo said.
UH took a commanding 20-6 lead at 11:52 in the first half as HPU struggled to get its offense going.
14 minutes into the game, UH kept tallying up points to extend its lead against HPU, 33-15. HPU was having trouble stopping UH’s offense throughout the whole first half to trail 41-23.
HPU came out re-energized after the half, scoring on two lay-ups and a quick jump shot to trail 45-29.
“I think our best stretch was the first 5 minutes after the second half," 'Bows Head Coach Eran Ganot said. "We were locked in defensively which lead to some transition points for us. Guys are sharing the ball, I think you could see glimpses of our team but you can see the potential and depth of this team.”
Junior forward Brandon Thomas hit a deep three pointer to extend the 'Bows' lead 48-29. 10 minutes into the second half, UH dominated the game offensively and defensively, 55-34.
With three minutes left, UH took its biggest lead of the game after a fast-break dunk by junior guard Leland Green, 73-38.
Raimo lead UH shooting 9-of-11 with an 81-percent accuracy from the field. Senior forward Jack Purchase contributed with 11 points, 10 rebounds and four assists. Senior guard Eddie Stansberry had 12 points and one rebound.
Blain Ronald lead HPU, shooting 33 percent with 12 points and six rebounds.
UH will open its regular season with the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic on Nov. 9th versus the University of Portland. Tip-off is set for 7 p.m. at Stan Sheriff Center.