Warriors hold off Northridge, 74-71
Christian Standhardinger scored 17 points and grabbed eight rebounds and Isaac Fotu added 16 points and 11 boards tonight as Hawai’i held off Cal State Northridge, 74-71, in a thrilling Big West Conference season opener for both teams.
A high-volume crowd of about 5,000 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched the Warriors improve to 7-5 overall in their first Big West game ever; the Matadors fell to 9-4.
Vander Joaquim added 12 points and 11 rebounds and Brandon Jawato contributed 12 points — including 3 of 5 shooting from 3-point range — for Hawai’i.
Stephan Hicks scored 25 points and grabbed eight rebounds to lead Northridge.
CSUN jumped out to a 13-2 lead and was up, 25-17, after Allan Guei’s layup with 9:13 remaining in the first half. But UH responded with a stunning 18-0 run fueled by fast breaks that got the fans into a frenzy. Hicks finally broke the string with a pair of free throws with 5:13 left, but the Warriors maintained the lead and went into the break ahead, 44-33.
Hicks sparked an 11-2 run early in the second half that gave the Matadors the lead again at 56-54, and his baseline jumper with 7:02 remaining made it 61-56. Standhardinger then capped an 8-2 spurt by Hawai’i with a reverse layup that put the Warriors back in front, 64-63, with 4:12 left.
Joaquim’s free throw with 1:06 remaining gave UH the lead for good at 70-69, but things stayed tight until the final seconds, when Hauns Brereton sank two free throws with 0:09.7 showing on the clock to make it 74-71. Landon Drew’s 23-foot 3-pointer at the buzzer did not draw iron.
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