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Darren Williams with the breakaway layup to beat the first-half buzzer.

The University of Hawaiʻi at Hilo men’s basketball team opened the 2022–23 season with a 99-79 victory over Southwestern Assemblies of God University American Indian College (SAGU AIC) on November 11.

Darren Williams shot an astounding 81.8% from the field to put up 27 points for the Vulcans. The senior shot 6-of-8 from beyond the arc while dishing out nine assists to fall one shy of a double-double. Williams also collected four rebounds and had three steals.

“This is how you want to start the year, for sure,” said UH Hilo men’s basketball Head Coach Kaniela Aiona. “The guys were making the hustle plays, getting on the ground; lot’s of positives with the effort and attitude.”

SAGU AIC got off to a 5-0 lead, but a barrage of 3-pointers from Williams and Jarin Edwards provided the push to propel the Vulcans out front.

Several other Vulcans also had a great scoring night.

Carlos Ramsey Jr. contributed 22 points on 10-of-14 shooting (71.4%) with six rebounds.

Aniwaniwa Tait-Jones also finished with double-digit scoring figures, going 5-for-9 from the field (55.6%) with six rebounds.

Drew Yezbek shot 5-of-7 from the three-point line to rack up 15 points in the game.

Nadjrick Peat and Edwards both brought in nine rebounds, with Peat also totaling five blocks.

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