UH bids aloha to 3 seniors, ends regular season with a win

Christian Standhardinger

HONOLULU – The University of Hawa`ii men’s basketball team capped its regular-season with a heart-pounding 81-77 win over Cal State Fullerton on Senior Night at the Stan Sheriff Center. With the victory, UH sent its three seniors out in style while reaching the 20-win mark for the first time in a decade.

UH (20-10, 9-7 Big West) finished fourth in the league standings and will play No. 5 seed Cal State Northridge in the quarterfinals of the Big West Tournament next Thursday, March 13 (8:30 p.m. PT/5:30 p.m. HT) at the Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif.

In his final home appearance Christian Standhardinger recorded his 11th double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Spearman contributed 13 points and five rebounds, while Davis Rozitis earned his first start of the year in his home finale.

The game went down to the wire and the ‘Bows needed the clutch free throw shooting of Keith Shamburger who nailed 10-of-12 free throws in the final two minutes to help seal the UH victory. Shamburger finished with 14 points—all from the charity stripe—while adding five assists.

Both teams started the game hot and the action went back-and-forth. UH, however scored 10 unanswered points late in the half to gain some separation and ultimately took a 44-35 lead into the locker room. The ‘Bows shot a sizzling 58 percent in the first frame.

UH continued to roll early in the second half and built is lead to as many as 13 points, 53-40, less than four minutes in. But the Titans (11-19, 6-10 BWC) roared back as 16-3 run knotted the game up. CSF eventually took the lead, 65-64, when Alex Harris nailed a three-pointer with 4:34 remaining.

UH responded with a 10-2 run over the next three minutes and led by seven points with just over a minute left. But again, the Titans would not fold as Michael Williams’ three-pointer with 16.8 seconds left made it a one-point game, 78-77. UH, however sealed the game with a trio of free throws by Shamburger.

*Courtesy of Hawai’i Athletics*

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