Warriors rally for another road win at CSUN, 76-72
Noah Allen scored 34 points to lead the University of Hawai’i basketball team to a 76-72 road victory over CSUN on Saturday night at The Matadome in Northridge, Calif.
The victory gives the Warriors their first three-game winning streak of this season, including the last two on the road. Hawai’i improved to 11-11 overall and is in a tie for fourth place in the Big West Conference at 5-4.
CSUN dropped to 10-13 overall and 6-4 in conference. The Warriors beat the Matadors twice this season, and Allen scored a total of 64 points in the two wins.
Allen, a 6-foot-7 senior forward, shot 11 for 17 from the field, including 4 for 7 from 3-point range, and 8 for 10 on free throws. He also grabbed a team-high eight rebounds.
Jack Purchase added nine points and seven rebounds, Brocke Stepteau tallied nine points, five rebounds and four assists, and freshman Matt Owies contributed a key seven points off the bench.
Hawai’i played the game without freshman starting guard Leland Green, who was suffering from flu-like symptoms.
CSUN jumped to a 15-8 lead to start the game, but the Warriors stayed in it behind the shooting of Allen. His 3-pointer with 5:53 remaining in the first half gave Hawai’i its first lead of the game at 25-23. It was part of a 12-3 surge that gave the Warriors a 34-26 lead with 2:43 remaining.
The Warriors eventually took a 37-33 lead at intermission, with Allen scoring 21 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the first half.
The Matadors went on a 9-0 surge midway through the second half to take a 48-46 lead with 11:00 remaining in the second half. CSUN built the lead to 52-47, but the Warriors refused to fold.
A driving reverse layup by Gibson Johnson put Hawai’i back in front at 58-57, and then a similar driving layup by Owies gave the Warriors a 60-57 lead with 5:27 remaining.
Back-to-back baskets by Stepteau increased the Warriors’ lead to 64-59. Owies then helped seal the win with another driving layup on offense, and then drawing a charging foul on defense with 2:32 remaining.
The Warriors went 8 for 8 from the free-throw line n the final 33 seconds to secure the win.
Darin Johnson led CSUN with 27 points, and Kendall Smith added 15 points and six assists.
More details will be posted, as it becomes available.
(Game photo courtesy Warren Haraki)
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