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Warriors look to stay in first on Saturday

What a difference one week makes. Just a week ago, Cal State Fullerton appeared to be the team to beat in the Big West Conference. This week, the University of Hawai’i seems to have taken that target.

The Rainbow Warriors are 13-5 overall and in first place in the Big West at 4-1. The Titans are 11-8 overall and now in fifth place at 4-3.

In a battle of teams headed in opposite directions of the standings, Hawai’i will host Cal State Fullerton on Saturday at the Stan Sheriff Center. The game is scheduled to start around 8 p.m. as part of a UH basketball doubleheader. The UH women will host UC Riverside at 5:30 p.m., and fans with tickets to the men’s game can arrive early to watch the women’s game.

Over a span of eight days, Cal State Fullerton lost three consecutive games to drop from first place to fifth in the Big West. The Titans lost at home to UC Santa Barbara, 70-65, on Thursday.

Max Heidegger scored 28 points to lead UCSB to the win. Kyle Allman led Fullerton with 24 points.

In contrast to the Titans, the Warriors have won four consecutive games, and have had a full week to prepare for Saturday’s game.

Hawai’i still needs to win on Saturday to assure remaining in first place. Long Beach State, which is the only Big West team to beat Hawai’i so far this season, is 5-2 and will play at CSUN on Saturday.

Thursday’s Results
Long Beach State 87, at Cal Poly 71
at UC Davis 63, CSUN 56
UC Santa Barbara 70, at Cal State Fullerton 65

Saturday’s Games
Cal Poly at UC Davis
UC Santa Barbara at UC Riverside
Long Beach State at CSUN
Cal State Fullerton at Hawai’i, 8:00 p.m.

HAWAI’I (13-5, 4-1 Big West) vs. CAL STATE FULLERTON (11-8, 4-3 Big West)
When:
Saturday, Jan. 27, 8:00 p.m. HT
Where: Stan Sheriff Center (10,300) – Honolulu, HI
Television: Live on Spectrum Sports – Channels 16 (SD) and 1016 (HD).
Streaming Video: BigWest.TV (Must be a Spectrum cable subscriber to stream in Hawai’i).
Radio: ESPN 1420 AM. Neighbor islands can listen live on KNUI on Maui, KPUA on the Big Island, KTOH on Kaua’i, and KNWJ in Pago Pago, American Samoa.
Audio Webcast: ESPN1420AM.com/Sideline Hawai’i App.
Live Stats: HawaiiAthletics.com
Ticket Information: Lower Level – $30 for all seats; Upper Level (prices vary by section) – $18 or $20 for adults, $16 or $18 for senior citizens (65-older), $5 or $7 for students (ages 4 to high school). UH Manoa students free with validated ID. Parking is $6.
Promotions: Hawaiian Airlines is the sponsor of Saturday’s Military Night contest and will distribute Hawaiian Airlines Commemorative Roster Cards at Gate A (while supplies last) and award 30,000 HawaiianMiles during the promotional contest at halftime. Saturday is also a “Greenout” and fans are encouraged to wear green UH apparel. Military members can take advantage of 50% off regularly priced tickets in select areas through GovX. Qualifying military members may log in or sign up on www.govx.com for exclusive ticket discounts. Toys for Tots will be collecting new and/or unwrapped toys at Gate A for less fortunate children in the community. Sodexo will be featuring an Orange Chicken Rice Bowl at the Time out Stand and Chili cheese Fries at the Gordon Biersch Stand.

1 Comment

  1. It’s going to be another big test for the boys but w/the right mindset and atmosphere I think they will be able to pull it off and maintain first in conference standings. Let’s go BOWS!

    My BIG WEST power rankings:
    1. Long Beach State (5 – 2): They’re the only ones to beat us so far; both losses on road to quality teams
    2. Hawaii (4 – 1): Quality wins but mostly at home. Only loss at LBSU nothing to be ashamed of
    3. UC Santa Barbara (4 -2): Impressive sweep of CS Fullerton, both road losses only by 1 point although one was to 8th place Cal Poly
    4. UC Davis (4 – 2): Quality home wins; only losses on road against Hawaii and Fullerton
    5. UC Irvine (4 – 3): Beat LBSU at home by double digits, no bad losses
    6. Cal State Fullerton (4 – 3): Only quality win was at home against UC Davis but overall underperforming and slipping fast
    7. CSUN (2 – 4): Unable to compete with the higher teams but clear separation from bottom teams
    8. Cal Poly (1 – 5): Only win was a 1 point home fluke/rivalry victory against UCSB
    9. UC Riverside (0 – 6): Yet to win a game in conference

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