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Warriors hold off Cal Poly, 65-61

Eddie Stansberry scored 17 points and Zigmars Raimo added 11 points and 14 rebounds tonight to help Hawai’i hold off visiting Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, 65-61, in Big West Conference men’s basketball action.

A crowd of 2,829 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched Samuta Avea and Justin Webster each add nine points as the Warriors improved to 11-6 overall and 2-1 in the Big West. Cal Poly fell to 4-13, 1-2.

UH led 45-29 five minutes into the second half, but the Mustangs clawed their way back and closed it to 58-57 after Tuukka Jaakkola’s free throw with 3:21 remaining. Stansberry answered with a 3-point swish from the left corner with 2:44 left, but Colby Rogers drained a 15-footer from the right elbow to cut the lead to 61-59 just 16 seconds later.

Drew Buggs then squeezed in a layup through heavy traffic to push the lead to 63-59 with one minute left, but Jaakkola dropped in a hook shot to close it to 63-61 with 40.2 seconds remaining.

After Buggs’ jumper from the free throw line fell short with 10 ticks on the clock, Jaakkola grabbed the rebound but a sideline pass to the front court resulted in a turnover, and Stansberry sank two free throws at the other end to effectively seal the victory with 0:05.5 seconds left.

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

Big West Conference
Thursday’s Results
UC Davis 85, at Long Beach State 82
CSUN 80, at UC Riverside 68
at Hawai’i 65, Cal Poly 61

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

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