HONOLULU -- Christian Standhardinger and Isaac Fotu picked up where they left off a year ago, leading Hawaii to an easy 85-55 win over Tennessee State to open the 49th Rainbow Classic tournament Friday night.
Standhardinger, a first-team All-Big West pick a year ago, tossed in 20 points and a dozen rebounds. Fotu, last year's conference Freshman of the Year, added 16 points and eight boards. Junior college transfer Garrett Nevels had 13 points in his Hawaii debut.Hawaii held a decided advantage on the boards, out-rebounding the Tigers 47-28, and had 20 more free throw attempts.Patrick Miller and M.J. Rhett led the Tigers with 15 and 11 points, respectively. Rhett also had 12 rebounds.Tennessee State tied the game at 7-7, but Hawaii ran off nine straight points and never looked back, taking a 41-20 halftime lead.The Warriors won the last two editions of the four-team, round-robin tournament.