By Jeff Portnoy
Last night's blow out loss to Davis was surprising to some, shocking to others. Its not the defeat itself that was so disappointing, its the margin of victory and the way it happened that has many shaking their heads.
First, Davis has one of the worst home records in the Big West, under 500. Second, the much smaller Davis team totally dominated the Rainbows ( oh i'm sorry, the Warriors) in the paint. Davis had 17, yes that's right; 17 offensive rebounds, outrebounded Hawaii by 9, and outscored Hawaii in the paint. Sorry folks, but that's not acceptable. Its a sign of lack of effort and hustle, something that team has not been known for.
Standhardinger, the Big West Player of the Week for the past two weeks, must have reading his press clippings as he had a horrible game, 6 points to go with 5 turnovers. And Vander not only got a technical , but scored only 8 points and had 2, yes that's right, 2, rebounds. Fotu was agin missing in action on the road with 2 points and 2 rebounds in 13 minutes. And once again, Hawaii could not defend the three as Davis made 11-19, following up on their extraordinary three point shooting in their win against Hawaii here last month.
So the loss means that Hawaii drops into third place, just percentage points behind tomorrow's night opponent, Pacific, but more importantly, now another half game behind first place Long Beach, and unlikely to catch the 49ers. Tomorrow night's game against Pacific will not be easy. They are very well coached, disciplined, and can make the thrree. Hawaii beat them by 8 here when Pacific shot 3-27 from beyond the Arc, something not likley to be repeated at home. They also very tough to beat there. But its a big game, with second place on the line, and we will see if the Warriors can suck it up and rebound from their second worst defeat in Conference ( score-wise).
Its crunch time for Hawaii as they fight to finish in the top three in Conference. We will see if they are up to it.