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Warriors rebound to beat Northridge, 77-63


Isaac Fotu scored 20 points and grabbed eight rebounds, Garrett Nevels added 15 points and four assists, and Brandon Spearman finished with 15 points and eight boards tonight to help Hawai’i pull away from Cal State Northridge, 77-63, in Big West Conference men’s basketball action.

A vocal “Pajama Night” crowd of about 6,500 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched the Warriors win their fourth game in the past five tries to improve to 15-6 overall, 4-3 in the Big West. The Matadors, who edged UH, 79-78, in Northridge on Jan. 11, fell to 11-12, 3-5.

After Stephen Hicks’ baseline jumper gave CSUN a 47-45 lead with 12:27 remaining, Fotu answered with a layup and then a jumper to put the Warriors ahead for good and ignite a 17-5 run capped by Christian Standhardinger’s two free throws to make it 62-52 with 7:07 left.

The Matadors cut the lead to 64-57 on two free free throws by Hicks, but Keith Shamburger converted a three-point play to start an 11-2 run culminating in his own two free throws to push the lead to 75-59 with 2:47 remaining — effectively sealing the victory.

Quincy Smith started at point guard in place of Shamburger, Hawai’i’s starter for the previous 20 games. Smith had seven points but no assists in the first half, and redshirt freshman walk-on Dyrbe Enos played five minutes at point guard. Shamburger did not play in the first half.

Christian Standhardinger, the Warriors’ leading scorer at 18 points per game, was shut out on five field goal attempts in the first half.

The Warriors led, 32-30, at halftime despoite shooting just 34.3 percent (12 of 35) from the field compared to 50 percent (12 of 24) for Cal State Northridge. UH did out-rebound the Matadors, 23-16, and CSUN — which entered the game third in the nation in free throw percentage — made just 4 of 9 from the charity stripe.

More details, including video highlights and interviews, will be posted later.

Saturday’s Big West results
Hawai’i 77, Cal State Northridge 63
UC Santa Barbara 82, UC Davis 67
Long Beach State 75, Cal State Fullerton 56
UC Irvine 64, Cal Poly 50


  1. Good job guys!

  2. #1 – Good That We Won….
    When You Play ‘Badly’ and Win, Take It…

    O.K., ‘Bows — I Hope you already know,
    OR the Video Can Show

    BUT You Have GOT TO Play Significantly BETTER 40 Minutes to Even Get ONE WIN Next Week

    Santa Barbara AND Cal-Poly are Significantly BETTER Than Northridge
    (although i was impressed with CSUN’s athleticism)

    IF we were playing Long Beach again tonight,
    we’d likely be 0-2 for the week…
    LBSU Played Even (@SSC) for 37 minutes Thursday
    Then Put Us Away;
    CSUN Played Even (@SSC) for 32 minutes
    Then Faded

    i think that’s about 72 of 80 Minutes @HOME
    of .500 OR LOSING Ball
    STEP UP NOW (By Thursday)
    OR We’ll Be Fading in The Standings by this time Next Week…

    GO ‘BOWS!


    ANY Insider Info On Shamburger? (Good Second Half Recovery to Snap Out of It)
    BUT Next Year we’ll Have THREE Or More Point Guards Deserving Of Starts
    QUIT the Pouting….

  3. Well good job Gib get everyone on board..Q did well in first half in place. of Sham..
    Getting 23 offensive boards huge ..Fotu..great game..Spearman..good leadership and guys stay together. .you need each of the 14 guys to make run BWC TOURNAMENT. .

    Get win against UCSB..might be the best Big and 3 ball shooter you will face..defend and score well!!

  4. Wonder if too much jawing…grumbling going on between athletes. .as hoopsa says team has to stay united to keep winning. .,Gib is the coach ..so team follow his direction and you guys can win the league. .

  5. Good to know, up till start of game, even though team seemed to know what was up, Coach’s decision to start Q and later bring in Shamburger in second half, to finish with the starting 5. Keith should not have gone to sit waaay at the end of the bench, he should have sat, right in the middle of the bench, near the coach’s and team.

    Keith, gotta be a Team Player, not a Joston, Vander, Anothony, ….

    Big test hurdle for Gib, this is the dreaded JUNCTION, the Heartbreak hill of the season, keep morale, and team fighting together as one. Love the attitude of walkons, and RS’s they are still there, practicing and studying as hard as any of the starters, no glory, however, great that Gib, started Q, and used Enos, Rozitis, Valdes, early. Later, in last 50 seconds, got in deserving guys, Hackman, Harper and Thomas.
    I believe this team, is on board, it seems like there might be 3 or 4 guys on team, who let off steam. If they can channel that emotion to great defense and attacking on offense, UH will be alright.
    Anytime , guys have to taken out, concern, however, it is not about THE ONE…it is all about the ONE OHANA…Right Eagle.
    Effort and Unity, UH MBB team, and Gib, get these next two games, you will be chasing that first place spot, before going out to the road again(where you play really well, get great calls too)UH would reach last year’s total of 17 games won, with 8 more to play before BWC tournament.

    Hey Keith, Christian, Brandon Spear, Isaac, Garrett, Q,Davis, Enos, Thomas, Hackman, Harper, Jovanovich and Jawato, I have confidence, you all put Win and Team first before, ego, and pilikia(trouble), you guys will be okay, watch the super bowl, chill, and then go to war against probalby the toughest BWC team to come to SSC this year, aside from LBSU.

    Go Bows!

  6. The crowd is growing in the SSC, and not just with the student section! People are complaining that the food lines are so long now (25minutes in the beginning of the game) and the vendors are running out of food before the end of 1/2 time (dippin’ dots). That means more than just the die hards are filling the stands.

    This game was awesome! Davis helped to change the tempo of the other team to help us get out from behind. The different mix of players showed that we can change up the rotation and get it done.

    The cherry on the cake was being able to see the long line of fans waiting to greet the players. When the fans can share the win with the men, shake hands, and pat them on the back, it is a great feeling for everyone. It doesn’t matter how long you played in the game, or even if you suited up. The men are apart of a great TEAM which is supported by great FANS!

  7. Fotu playing out of his mind right now. and how about that Davis Rozitis sighting doe he played some good minutes.

  8. whoa brah, can plenty experts ova hea.
    sheesh. what is your playing experience and coaching resume?
    losing to the beach was painful.
    but, we played well on saturday. enough had the opponent been the beach again we would have caused them to wipeout.
    get real man.

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