Rainbow Warriors Basketball Fall to Cal State Fullerton in Stunner, 69-66
(HAWAII ATHLETICS) – The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team saw its four-game win streak come to a halt with a 69-66 loss to Cal State Fullerton Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
(HAWAII ATHLETICS) – The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team saw its four-game win streak come to a halt with a 69-66 loss to Cal State Fullerton Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. Kyle Allman poured in 40 points – one off the Stan Sheriff Center record – in lifting the Titans to a come-from-behind win.
The Rainbow Warriors led for the majority of the game, including by as many as 11 points in the second half. But the Titans scored 10 of the game's final 11 points to stun the Rainbow Warriors and knock them out of first in the Big West.
With the loss UH (13-6, 4-2 BW) dropped from first to fourth in the Big West standings with their first loss in its last six homes games. The Rainbow Warriors also fell to the Titans (12-8, 5-3) at home for the first time since joining the Big West.
Mike Thomas did his part for UH, scoring 26 points and adding six rebounds. Frontcourt mates Jack Purchase (11) and Gibson Johnson (10) also finished in double-digits.
But it wasn't enough to counter Allman, who drilled 16-of-19 shots, including 5-of-6 from three point land. Allman scored 21 points in the second half and six of them in the decisive 10-1 game-ending run.
UH led 41-35 at half, thanks in large part to taking care of the ball (just three turnovers) and a monster performance by Thomas who scored 18 of the team's first 21 points. UH ended the game with just 10 turnovers and out-rebounded the Titans, 31-23. But they could do little to cool the Titans who shot 61 percent for the game.
UH will next head to the road for the first time in a month with a pair of games, beginning with a matchup at UC Santa Barbara on Thursday, Feb. 1. Tipoff is set for 7:00 p.m. PT/5:00 p.m. HT.