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Warriors host high-scoring CSUN on Wednesday

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How about another fast-paced thriller for the University of Hawai’i basketball team?

If last Saturday’s 114-107 overtime win over Long Beach State set the template for high-scoring success for the Warriors, another version might be coming up on Wednesday.

Hawai’i (7-9 overall, 1-2 Big West) will host CSUN (7-10, 3-1) in a Big West Conference game on Wednesday at the Stan Sheriff Center. It is scheduled to start at 7:00 p.m., and will be televised in Hawai’i on OCSports (Oceanic channels 16 and 1016).

While Hawai’i and Long Beach provided the second-highest scoring game in UH basketball history on Saturday, it is CSUN that leads the Big West in points scored and points allowed this season. In essence, the Matadors have been playing a lot of shootouts this season.

CSUN is averaging 78.9 points per game, and have scored at least 70 points in 13 of 17 games this season. Hawai’i is averaging 67.1 points per game and have scored at last 70 points in just four of 16 games this season.

The Matadors are surrendering 82.5 points per game, and six different opponents have scored 95 points or more against CSUN. The Warriors are giving up just 68.6 points per game, and Long Beach is the only opponent to score more than 83 points against Hawai’i.

Interestingly enough, both CSUN and Hawai’i own recent seven-point victories over Long Beach. The Matadors beat the 49ers, 89-82, on January 11 in Long Beach, Calif.; the Warriors followed with their epic 114-107 win on January 14.

Coming off a season-high 25 points that earned him Big West Player of the Week honors, senior Noah Allen now leads the Warriors in scoring at 11.3 points per game. The 6-foot-7 forward also leads the team in rebounding at 4.9 per game, and is third in assists at 2.1 per game.

Sophomore forward Jack Purchase is averaging 10.9 points per game, and leads the team with 40 3-pointers (which also ranks fourth in the Big West). He also leads the team with a .385 percentage from 3-point range, and contributes 4.1 rebounds per game.

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Freshman guard Leland Green is 5.9 points and 3.1 rebounds per game overall, but it is his recent play that has solidified his role. He is averaging 12.6 points and 5.8 rebounds per game over the last five games, including a 25-point outburst in the win over Long Beach.

Junior forward Gibson Johnson is averaging 10.4 points and 4.7 rebounds per game. He was limited to 13 minutes in the last game due to a shoulder injury. Sophomore guard Sheriff Drammeh is contributing 9.6 points, 3.1 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game; sophomore guard Brocke Stepteau is averaging 7.8 points and 2.6 assists per game.

The Matadors opened the Big West season with three consecutive wins, but are coming off a 71-68 home loss to UC Davis last Saturday.

Kendall Smith, the younger brother of former Hawai’i guard Quincy Smith, is emerging as a candidate for Big West Player of the Year. The 6-3 junior guard ranks second in the conference in scoring at 16.5 points per game, and first in assists at 4.6. He is also averaging 4.1 rebounds per game, and leads the Big West with 73 made free throws (his .820 percentage from the line ranks seventh).

Tavrion Dawson, a 6-8 junior forward, is the team’s top post player with averages of 13.9 points and 5.9 rebounds per game, and a .555 field goal percentage.

Darin Johnson, a 6-5 junior guard, is averaging 13.5 points per game and leads the team with 26 3-pointers and a .448 percentage from 3-point range. Aaron Parks, a 6-3 senior guard, is contributing 11.6 points and 4.6 rebounds per game. CSUN leads the Big West in steals at 7.0 per game, and Parks leads the team with 26 steals.

CSUN head coach Reggie Theus has recruited several transfer players, including Kendall Smith (UNLV), Darin Johnson (Washington), 6-8 sophomore forward Rakim Lubin (UConn) and 6-11 junior center Dylan Johns (Texas A&M). Lubin and Johns have been playing key reserve roles in recent games.

CSUN (7-10, 3-1 Big West) at HAWAI’I (7-9, 1-2 Big West)
When:
Wednesday, January 18, 7:00 p.m. (Hawai’i time)
Where: Stan Sheriff Center
TV: OCSports (Oceanic channels 16 and 1016)
Streaming video: www.bigwest.tv
Radio: ESPN1420 AM
Streaming audio: www.espn1420am.com
Live stats: www.statbroadcast.com
Tickets: Lower level – $30 all seats; Upper level – $18-$20 for adults, $16-$18 for senior citizens, $5-$7 for youths ages 4 to high school. UH-Manoa students are free with validated ID. Parking is $6.

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Big West Conference
Wednesday’s Games

UC Irvine at Cal Poly
UC Riverside at Cal State Fullerton
CSUN at Hawai’i, 7:00 p.m.

Thursday’s Game
UC Santa Barbara at Long Beach State

Saturday’s Games
UC Santa Barbara at UC Riverside
Long Beach State at Cal Poly
UC Irvine at CSUN
UC Davis at Hawai’i, 7:00 p.m.

5 Comments

  1. Question:
    When was the last time UH had three players score over 20 pts in a game?

  2. We just need to come out fast, shoot the ball, and Run !
    Both Zigmars and Allen were getting a few shovel pass assists from the middle. Allen is a great passer and they both know the game. Having Allen just keep driving to the middle and looking for the mid-range shot keeps the defense off balance. Allen is a very good passer. If the lane is open he can drive with the best of them, but the play is in the middle and in getting the whole team involved. 25, 25, and 25 is what we woud like to see every game, and with the whole team involved expect it to happen again.
    Go Bows !

  3. I wish we still had Quincy to play defense on his brother. I really hope Kendall doesn’t go off for big game tonight. Anybody know if UH tried to recruit both brothers?

  4. akuhead2, ” … first time three UH players scored 20-plus since Matt Lojeski, Bobby Nash and Ahmet Gueye did it against San Francisco on Dec. 20, 2006.” SA 1-15-17.
    ChuckCheese, your previous day post on a starting lineup may be correct, based on today’s paper.
    However, CSUN has tall guards compared to LBSU.
    They have a 7-0 C named Mahamadou .

  5. We have to keep up the inside presence and score inside not just rely on the three. Pound it inside with Noah,Gibson and Jack. Warriors protect the house. Our guys now expect to win !

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