Warriors stun Titans at buzzer, 90-88
Garrett Jefferson dropped in a running 12-foot floater as time expired tonight to lift Hawai’i to a 90-88 victory over Cal State Fullerton in thrilling Big West Conference men’s basketbal action.
A electrified crowd of about 4,200 watched UH improve to 8-5 overall and 2-0 in the Big West. The Titans fell to 7-6, 1-1.
Isaac Fotu scored a game-high 29 points and Brandon Spearman and Christian Standhardinger each added 15 points for the Warriors. Standhardinger’s 3-pointer with 38 seconds remaining gave UH an 85-84 lead, its first since the opening moments of the second half. Manroop Clair later sank two free throws to make it 88-85 with 17 ticks left, but D.J. Seeley’s 3-pointer dropped in with 4.9 seconds to tie it again at 88-88.
Jefferson then went coast-to-coast and swished the game-winner at the buzzer.
Cal State Fullerton used a 15-6 run early in the second half to stretch a 54-53 lead into a 69-59 advantage, and Kwame Vaughn’s 3-pointer later put the Titans ahead, 80-69, with 5:26 remaining.
A roller coaster first half ended tied at 40-40. Cal State Fullerton sprinted to an 11-2 run that put the Titans ahead, 35-26, after Seeley’s steal and slam dunk with 3:25 remaining. But jace Tavita hit a 3-pointer to start Hawai’i on a 9-0 spurt that tied it at 35 after a slam dunk by Fotu.
Fotu scored almost at will, with 20 points on 10-of-12 shooting in the first 20 minutes, many coming on slam dunks off assists to the weak side. But the Warriors also committed 11 turnovers, many of them converted into Titan fast break baskets. Seeley, a 6-foot-4 senior guard, hit 4 of 7 from beyond the arc and finished with 16 points and five rebounds in the first half.
Joaquim had no points but grabbed seven rebounds by halftime.
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