"We've been waiting for Michael to get out of bed," head coach Riley Wallace joked about Kuebler's lack of offense this season. "And he did tonight getting his career high in points."
Senior center Haim Shimonovich posted his eighth career double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds. For the second straight night, Shimonovich sparked the Hawaii defense, clogging the middle and forcing the Swords to 21 3-point attempts. For the game, Chaminade shot just 35.8 percent from the field.
Early on in the first half, it was the Kuebler/Shimonovich show as the duo each scored 10 points to lead UH to a 26-25 halftime lead.
In the second half, UH went on a 24-5 run during a five and a half minute stretch in the second half which turned a one-point game into a 55-35 lead. Kuebler scored 17 points in that stretch, including four 3-pointers.
"We knew if we came out and played our game and run our sets, we would get them," Kuebler said about the team's strategy in the second half. "I tried not to be too hesitant. Its when I think about it too much, its when I struggle."
Chaminade scored 10 unanswered to pull to within 59-48 with 5:36 remaining. But the 'Bows scored the next seven points to put the game away.
Tip-off for Wednesday's championship game is set for 4:30 p.m. The game will be televised live on ESPN2 and can be heard over the internet on KKEA 1420AM and through the internet: uhathletics.hawaii.edu