With guards Anthony Carter and Alika Smith – aka the “Dynamic Duo” – back for their senior seasons, the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team figured to have a good 1997-98 season. But few predicted that the Rainbow Warriors would beat No. 21-ranked Indiana on opening night. They did just that. On Nov, 28, 1997, in front of 10,254 screaming fans at the Stan Sheriff Center, the ‘Bows sprinted away from the Hoosiers, outscoring them by 17 points in the second half. Final score: Hawaii 82, Indiana 65.
Carter led the ‘Bows with 22 points and 7 assists, while Smith contributed 22 and 6. Forward Erin Galloway, making his UH debut, added 10 points and 8 boards. Said Hoosiers head coach Bob Knight after the game, “Hawaii played the way I wish we could play.”
Rainbow Warriors head coach Riley Wallace was understandably ecstatic. “I couldn’t be more proud,” he told the Honolulu Advertiser’s Stephen Tsai. “A lot of times you get a good crowd and you kind of fall on your face. This team doesn’t do that. This team goes out and plays really hard and together.”
Added Carter: “This was big for our program. When the clock was winding down and and the fans were cheering, I was getting jittery. I never get excited, but this time I did.”
Below is the game’s decisive fourth quarter. Enjoy what was the team’s most monumental upset – that is, until a month later when Hawaii stunned the No. 2-ranked Kansas Jayhawks.
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