HONOLULU (AP) - Manroop Clair made his first start for the University of Hawaii men's basketball team and scored
15 points, helping the Rainbow Warriors defeat East Tennessee State 84-61 on Sunday in a Diamond Head Classic consolation game at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Vander Joaquim scored 23 points for UH (6-4), which will play for fifth place on Tuesday against Mississippi.
Hawaii’s Christian Standhardinger shoots as East Tennessee State’s Todd Halvorsen defends during the Rainbow Warriors’ 84-61 victory over the Buccaneers in a Diamond Head Classic consolation game Sunday at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Clair, smiling, said that he was tired after the game.
"It's a good feeling," Clair said of being on the floor. "As long as we got the 'W.' The win is what matters."
Christian Standhardinger had 18 points and 12 rebounds for the Rainbow Warriors. Isaac Fotu had 14 points and 14 rebounds, and Brandon Spearman added 10 points. The 23-point margin of victory was the largest in tournament history.
Rashawn Rembert and Jarvis Jones each scored 14 points for the Buccaneers (2-9), and Lester Wilson added 11.
Clair and Brandon Jawato, both freshmen guards, previously averaged less than 10 minutes per game, but both played well enough off the bench in Saturday's loss to Miami to be named starters on Sunday.
Clair also had five assists.
"If you've ever coached freshmen - and I've coached a bunch of them - there's always usually a game where all of a sudden it kind of clicks and they grow up a little bit and we're hoping this one is Manroop's," said UH coach Gib Arnold. "He always has this to fall back on and we can refer back to the confidence that he played with, because I do think he needs to be a part of this rotation."
Hawaii, which never trailed in the game, opened the second half with a 12-0 run. Clair hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the 'Bows a 57-31 lead with 12 minutes, 39 seconds remaining.
"He hurt us," ETSU coach Murry Bartow said of Clair. "He's a guy that can make shots. We lost him a couple times in our zone."
The Buccaneers will play San Francisco for seventh place.