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CSU Bakersfield defeats Warriors, 60-55

Photo courtesy Brandon Flores

Cold shooting spoiled the University of Hawai’i basketball team’s long-awaited conference home opener on Friday.

The Rainbow Warriors shot just 33 percent from the field in a 60-55 loss to CSU Bakersfield in a Big West Conference game at the SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center.

Hawai’i dropped to 3-2 overall and 1-2 in the conference. The Roadrunners, who are in their first season in the Big West, improved to 8-4 and 4-1.

Junior Madut led the Warriors with 12 points and 10 rebounds – his first double-double in a Hawai’i jersey. James Jean-Marie added 11 points, and Mate Colina scored 10.

Hawai’i had a 12-4 lead early in the game, but then the shooting struggles started.

The Warriors shot just 33 percent (9 for 27) from the field in the first half, including 0 for 9 from 3-point range. What’s more, they converted just 5 of 11 from the free throw line and committed 10 turnovers in the first half.

A 10-2 surge by the Roadrunners tied the score at 14-all with 6:48 remaining in the first half. CSUB led by as many as seven (27-20) before taking a 28-23 lead at halftime.

The Warriors appeared to find their rhythm early in the second half when Bayles and Justin Webster hit back-to-back 3-pointers to tie the score at 29. The game stayed close the rest of the way, and Hawai’i was finally able to regain the lead with 6:43 remaining when Madut hit a 3-pointers to give the Warriors a momentary 49-47 advantage.

On the ensuing possession, CSUB’s Justin Edler-Davis hit a 3-pointer to put the Roadrunners in front again, 50-49.

The Warriors trailed by one, 56-55, with possession of the ball and less than a minute remaining, but turned it over. CSUB scored on a putback on the next possession, then Hawai’i turned it over again.

The teams will meet again on Saturday night in another conference game.

Big West Conference
Friday’s Results

Cal State Fullerton at UC Davis, canceled
CSUN at Long Beach State, canceled
UC Riverside 86, at Cal Poly 51
at UC Santa Barbara 69, UC San Diego 52
Cal State Bakersfield 60, at Hawai’i 55

Saturday’s Games
Cal State Fullerton at UC Davis, canceled
CSUN at Long Beach State, canceled
UC Riverside at Cal Poly, 4 p.m. PT
UC San Diego at UC Santa Barbara, 5 p.m. PT
Cal State Bakersfield at Hawai’i, 7 p.m. HT

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