HONOLULU – The College of Hawai’i males’s basketball group acquired off to a quick begin and held off a powerful second-half rally by CSUN for a 58-51 house win Monday night time at SimpliFi Enviornment on the Stan Sheriff Heart. The Rainbow Warriors improved to 14-4 total and 5-1 within the Huge West with their ninth win of their final 10 video games.
The win moved UH right into a three-way tie for second place within the Huge West standings, simply half a sport behind first place UC Riverside. It additionally marked UH’s eighth straight house win, tying its longest streak at seven years.
UH’s signature protection secured the victory. The ‘Bows held CSUN (3-15, 0-7) scoreless within the last 3:16 after the Matadors reduce a one-time 19-point deficit to only one. For the sport CSUN shot simply 31 p.c from the ground, together with 21 p.c within the first half.
Noel Coleman led the 4 Rainbow Warriors along with his 14 factors. Bernardo da Silva (11 factors, 12 rebounds) and Hey Avea (10 factors, 11 rebounds) each had a double-double whereas combining for 5 blocks. JoVon McClanahan poured in 15 factors together with some key late scoring.
For the primary 20-plus minutes of the sport, it seemed like UH would cruise to victory. CSUN held a short 3-2 lead a minute into the sport, however. UH scored 10 unanswered to take the lead for good. CSUN missed eight straight pictures and UH went on an 11-2 run to take a 33-17 lead into the break.
The ‘Bows constructed their result in 19-points, 38-19, lower than two minutes into the second half. CSUN did not fold. The Matadors went on a 20-3 run over the subsequent eight minutes—together with 13 unanswered factors—to make it a dogfight over the ultimate 10 minutes.
Dearon Tucker’s three-point play made it a 52-51 lead with 3:16 minutes left. UH will not let it get any nearer. UH had the final six factors of the sport, together with a putback by da Silva with 2:22 left to offer UH some respiratory room. Trailing 54-51, CSUN had one final probability to tie the sport, however De’Sean Allen-Eikens’ three-pointer with 23 seconds left fell off the mark and UH closed the sport on the free throw line.
The Rainbow Warriors subsequent journey to the mainland for a pair of huge highway video games, beginning with a showdown in opposition to UC Irvine on Thursday, January 19. Tipoff is 7:00 pm PT/5:00 pm HT at Bren Occasions Heart.