Mens Basketball: Hawaii 82 IUPUI 64

Michael Kuebler scores 26 points in leading the Rainbow Warriors over IUPUI and into the Rainbow Classic title game against Fairfield.

HONOLULU - The Hawai'i men's basketball advanced to its third consecutive Outrigger Hotels Rainbow Classic Championship game with an 82-64 victory over IUPUI, Monday night, at the Stan Sheriff Center. The Rainbow Warriors face Fairfield, who was 60-56 victors over Pepperdine, in Tuesday's championship.

The 'Bows (7-2) extended its win streak to five games and have won eight straight in the Rainbow Classic since 2001. The two-time defending tournament champions seek its ninth Classic title.

Senior guard Michael Kuebler scored a game-high 26 points on 9-of-12 shooting, including a career-high 7-of-9 from 3-point range. It marked the sixth time this season that Kuebler reached the 20-point mark and 12th time in his career.

Senior forward Phil Martin added 18 points and six rebounds and sophomore forward Julian Sensley posted 15 points, seven rebounds, and eight assists. Sophomore Logan Lee dished out 10 assists and senior Haim Shimonovich grabbed 13 rebounds, his fifth game in double digits.

IUPUI went ahead 9-4 before the 'Bows scored nine straight to take a 13-9 lead. Moments later, behind the long range shooting of Kuebler, the 'Bows used a 19-4 surge to push its lead into double figures.

Kuebler connected on his first five shots in the first half, including four from 3-point range, for a team-leading 14 points.

In the second half, after the Jaguars closed to 43-39, the 'Bows scored on three straight possessions, including consecutive fastbreak dunks by Shimonovich and Martin. With UH leading 57-50 midway through the half, IUPUI's Odell Bradley went down with a severely sprained right ankle.

Bradley, the team's leading scorer, had 10 points and four rebounds before leaving the game with the injury. UH out-scored the Jaguars, 25-14 the rest of the way.

Tip-off for the championship game is set for 7:35 p.m. In the third-place match-up, IUPUI takes on Pepperdine at 5:05 p.m.

In the consolation bracket, Lamar and Bowling Green battle for seventh place at 11:00 a.m. followed by East Tennessee State and American for the consolation championship at 1:30 p.m.


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