The University of Hawaiʻi Rainbow Warrior basketball team led a second half surge to zoom past Portland in an 82-64 season opening win on Friday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Five 'Bows racked up double-digit figures, led by junior forward Zigmars Raimo, who tied a career-high of 17 points. Senior point guard Brocke Stepteau had 16 points and four assists, senior forward Jack Purchase added 15 points and five assists, junior guard Eddie Stransberry had 12 points and sophomore wing Samuta Avea added 10 points and seven rebounds.
The 'Bows missed seven of the first eight field goal shots to trail 13-9 at 14:05 in the first half. Stransberry hit a three-pointer to tie the game up 15-15 at 11:59.
The Pilots proceeded to lead with a succesful three-pointer by Malcolm Porter, but Stepteau answered back with another three-pointer to tie the game 18-18 for the third time at 11:26.
The Pilots went on a late 10-0 run in the half to tie the game again, but Raimo shot a bucket on a dime from Stepteau to lead 36-34 at the half.
After the half, the 'Bows got off to a hot 9-0 run to lead 45-34.
Stepteau shot his third three-pointer at 13:32 to give the 'Bows their biggest lead of the game, 53-37.
The 'Bows shot 58 percent in the second half to maintain a lead 65-46 with 7:13 remaining. They led by as much as 19 points after Purchase hit another three-pointer at 6:05.
With three minutes left, Raimo tied his career-high of 17 points on a jumper to help the 'Bows take a commanding 71-58 lead.
The 'Bows resume play tomorrow versus Humboldt State at 7 p.m.