Warriors hold off North Dakota, 71-66
Brandon Spearman scored 19 points and Isaac Fotu added 17 points and eight rebounds tonight as the University of Hawai’i men’s basketball team held off North Dakota, 71-66, in non-conference action at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Christian Standhardinger added 11 points and Vander Joaquim finished with 10 points as the Warriors improved to 4-1. They will have a 10-day break before traveling to No. 18-ranked UNLV on Dec.1. North Dakota fell to 1-3.
UH started hot and led by as much as 29-7 with 7:04 remaining in the first half, but North Dakota scratched its way back in the second half and eventually closed it to 66-63 on Aaron Anderson’s 3-pointer with 2:52 left in the game. But Hauns Brereton answered by swishing a 3-pointer at the 2:09 mark to push the lead to 69-63.
North Dakota again cut it to one possession after Josh Schuler’s three-point play with 1:06 showing on the clock, and had a chance to tie it after a Warrior miss. UND guard Jamal Webb then stepped on the baseline with 15.5 ticks remaining, but Hawai’i was whistled for a lane violation soon afterward as Spearman attempted the front end of a 1-and-1, giving North Dakota another chance to tie it.
Anderson then airballed a 25-foot fadaway with seven seconds left, and Spearman knocked down both ends of the next 1-and-1 to seal the victory with 5.3 seconds remaining.
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