Furious rally falls just short in loss to Hawai'i
Release: 11/12/2017
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Hawai'i 81, UND 78
Sunday, Nov. 12, 2018  •  Honolulu
Stan Sheriff Center
Attendance: 0
  1st 2nd Final
North Dakota 31 47 78
Hawai'i 46 33 81
Key Notes
• Crandall (UND) scored a team-high 21 points and is now 11-for-14 from 3-point range in Honolulu.
• Stewart (UND) scored a career-high 18 points. He had seven points in 13 career games at Creighton as a freshman in 2015-16. 
• Thomas (Hawai'i) led all scorers with a career-high 29 points and finished with a double-double (11 rebounds).
Statistical Comparison
 FG Percentage 49.1 50.9
 3-Point FG Percentage 30.8 28.6
 FT Percentage 62.1 65.5
 Offensive Rebounds 6 9
 Defensive Rebounds 21 27
 Total Rebounds 27 36
 Turnovers 13 15
 Points Off Turnovers 19 14
 Bench Points 11 17
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HONOLULU -- Hawai'i held off a furious second-half rally by North Dakota to escape with an 81-78 victory in the middle game for both teams of the Outrigger Resorts Rainbow Classic. The host Rainbow Warriors (2-0) led by as many as 22 points in the first half, but the Fighting Hawks (1-1) trimmed that deficit all the way down to a single point in the closing minute on a layup by Marlon Stewart.

After UH went 1-for-2 from the charity stripe to make it an 80-78 contest with 20 seconds left, UND would have a chance to tie or win the game on its next possession. The Fighting Hawks got a good look from Jafar Kinsey from the top of the key, but his attempt from beyond the arc was off the mark and UH would tack on more free throw to close out the game. 

"They came out and smacked us in the mouth (in the first half), but I could not be more proud of our second half," UND head coach Brian Jones said. "That is what North Dakota basketball is about. We competed. We were tough. We shared the ball. We really defended and gave ourselves a chance to win."

Junior Geno Crandall led the Fighting Hawks in scoring for the second-consecutive game, going for 21 points after his career-high 41-point showing in the season-opening win vs. Troy on Friday.

Stewart added a career-high 18 points, while Conner Avants and Cortez Seales rounded out a quaret of double-figure scorers for UND.

Avants had 10 of his 14 in the second half, while Seales made two clutch baskets late to finish with 10.

UH forward Mike Thomas led all scorers with a career-high 29 points and finished with a double-double by grabbing a game-high 11 rebounds. Leland Green added 18 points for the Rainbow Warriors.

Thomas sparked a game-opening 10-2 run by the home team with a pair of dunks. The 'Bows would extend that lead to 20-8 after starting 9-for-12 from the field.

By the midway point of the first half, UH had pushed its advantage to 27-10 before UND finally got things going on offense after a 5-for-15 start from the field.

Unfortunately, Hawai'i never cooled down in those opening 20 minutes.

Thomas went 7-for-8 from the field as the hosts went 18-for-30 overall to take a 46-31 lead into the break. He finished with 18 first-half points and added seven boards, helping UH dominate the glass with a 21-8 rebounding edge before the break.

Crandall had all nine of his first-half points in the closing 5:34 as UND trimmed what had been a 34-12 deficit down to 15 with his buzzer-beating trey as time expired.

Stewart had eight first-half points for UND, but the visitors went just 2-for-8 from the charity stripe. The Fighting Hawks were much better in the second half, going 16-for-21, but 11 overall missses would prove costly in what ended up a tight contest.

UND kept the momentum in the second half by starting it on an 8-2 run and got the deficit back to single digits by stretching it out to a 15-4 run.

The Rainbow Warriors would respond though and get the next six points to regain a double-digit lead at 56-46. UH's lead never got above 10 the rest of the way as UND turned up the defensive pressure, forcing eight second-half turnovers.

UND will close out the Rainbow Classic on Monday with a game against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, who is winless in two tries to open the season. Tip-off is scheduled for 8:30 p.m. CT.

GAME NOTES: Hawai'i improved to 2-1 all-time against UND with the victory ... Junior Geno Crandall led UND in scoring for the second-straight game and is averaging 31.0 ppg in the Rainbow Classic ... After a 4-for-5 effort from beyond the arc, Crandall is 11-for-14 from 3-point range in the two games in Honolulu ... Sophomore Marlon Stewart's established a new career-high with 18 points ... Stewart and Iowa grad transfer Dale Jones both fouled out.

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