Warriors hold off Spartans, 82-69, to open WAC
Joston Thomas scored a career-high 27 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Vander Joaquim added 20 points and 14 boards tonight as Hawai’i held off San Jose State, 82-69, to open its 33rd and final Western Athletic Conference season.
The Warriors led from wire-to-wire, going up by as 38-23 late in the first half and 51-31 two minutes into the second.
The Spartans woke up with an 18-4 run that closed it to 55-49 after Calvin Douglas’ 3-pointer with 14:57 remaining, but that was as close as they would get as UH pushed the lead back up to 13 several times, including at the end on Thomas’ slam dunk with five seconds left.
Wil Carter led San Jose State with a career-high 21 points and 20 rebounds.