Hawaii postgame analysis:
The Bulldogs continued their road woes Thursday night in Hawaii dropping their first WAC game 83-66 to the Warriors. The Bulldogs started the game extremly slow and Coach Steve Cleveland was forced to call and early time out when they trailed 6-0. Early missed layups ended up being the key in this game with 5 missed layups being added up in the games first 6 minutes. Those missed opportunities put the Dogs in a hole and gave much needed confidence to the Hawaii shooters. Dominic McGuire had one of his worst outings of the season thus far and finished with only 9 pts on 1 of 8 shooting and had 4 turnovers. Hawaii finished shooting 50% from the field for the game and placed 6 players in double figures led by reserve guard Dominic Waters and his 15 point effort. Equally important was the Warriors finishing with a season low 11 turnovers, and their ability to outrebound the Bulldogs 26-9 in the first half, a half in which the Bulldogs shot a dismal 9 for 30 from the field. To sum this game up it was nearly a mirror image of the UC Santa Barbara game played earlier in the season, a game in which the Bulldogs got down early and lost 70-42. Coach Steve Cleveland had better find a way to get things done on the road because as things set right now there arent any teams you can beat on the road with efforts like the Dogs have had.
Important Spartan Stats:
-Shooting 38.5% from the field and 30% from three
-Shooting 62% from the Free throw line
-Averaging 11 assists and 16.6 turnovers per game
-They are averaging 38.5 rpg and giving up the same
-F Devonte Thomas has averaged 11.2 pts and 6.6 rpg in last 5 games
Keys for the Bulldogs:
Forwards Dominic McGuire and Quinton Hosley need to get back to their attacking and finishing ways after a dismal combined effort of 21 points on 4-20 shooting with 6 turnovers against
The Dogs must also finish around the rim at a much higher rate, early missed layups against the Warriors loomed large as the game wore on. Guard Eddie Miller chipped in 13 points off the bench Thursday, hopefully his confidence continues and leads to a solid effort on Saturday. Look for the Bulldogs to bounce back in a must win road game, a game they play with a chip on their shoulder in and turn up the defensive intensity in.