Hawai’i bounces back, one win away from BWC title

Roderick Bobbitt / Hawai'i Athletics

HONOLULU – It was a fruitful and happy evening for the University of Hawai’i men’s basketball team who sent its seniors off in style with a scrappy 89-78 Big West Conference win over CSUN on Saturday night.

In front of a sold out and near capacity crowd at the Stan Sheriff Center, seniors Dyrbe EnosSai Tummala, Quincy Smith and Roderick Bobbitt helped the ‘Bows (23-4, 12-2 BWC) move one step closer to their first conference title since 2002. UH will go on the road for its final two games needing just one win to clinch at least a share of the league title.

Stefan Jankovic led all scorers with 28 points on 8-10 shooting and 10-12 from the free throw line. Tummala saved one of his best performances at the Stan Sheriff Center for his last, scoring 16 points just one off his career high. Despite a poor shooting effort, Roderick Bobbitt flirted with a triple-double, putting up 13 points and registering seven rebounds and eight assists.

Aaron Parks had a team-high 18 points for CSUN who fell to 10-19 overall and 5-10 in the Big West.

The ‘Bows took a three-point halftime lead and slowly extended it to double digits. Back-to-back buckets from Smith (10 pts, 3 ast) put UH up 58-47, then a layup and three pointer helped push the lead to 12 points with 13:04 to play.

Jerron Wilbut’s jumper with just under six minutes to play shaved the lead to just nine points, but Sheriff Drammeh‘s and-one layup gave his team a 14-point lead and helped seal the senior night win.

The game also featured a special halftime ceremony as Wally Nakamoto, Molly O’Bryan Vandemoer and Don Robbs were inducted into the UH Sports Circle of Honor.

The ‘Bows finish the regular season on the road will they will remain heading into the Big West tournament. First up is UC Davis on Thursday, Mar. 3.

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