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UH basketball team falls at Cal Poly in Big West opener

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 12:07 p.m. HST, Jan 10, 2014

Cal Poly extended its mastery over Hawaii in the Big West Conference season opener for both teams, as the Mustangs defeated the Rainbow Warriors 77-65 tonight in San Luis Obispo, Calif.

UH (11-4, 0-1 BWC) saw its four-game winning streak snapped as it narrowly avoided its season low in points.

The Mustangs (5-9, 1-0) took it to UH at the start of both halves and defeated the 'Bows for the fifth straight time, including all four meetings under UH coach Gib Arnold. UH is 0-3 all-time at Poly's Mott Athletics Center, including a 29-point defeat last season.

UH trimmed an 18-point first-half deficit in half to 41-32 at halftime by closing the period on a 12-3 run.

But the Mustangs scored the first six points of the second half to go back up 15, and UH trailed by double digits the rest of the way.

UH shot only 4-for-19 on 3-pointers, including 1-for-10 in the second half. Meanwhile, Poly shot 8-for-19 (42 percent) from deep and 50 percent overall.

Junior guard Garrett Nevels led UH with 16 points. Forwards Christian Standhardinger and Isaac Fotu combined for 28 points.

But UH starting point guard Keith Shamburger was held scoreless. Backup guard Quincy Smith scored seven points and dished a career-high seven assists in the loss.

Cal Poly snapped a four-game slide heading into conference play. It led the entire way after jumping out to a 10-2 lead. The Mustangs kept pouring it only early, going up 21-6 on a 3 by Chris Eversley.

Taylor Sutlive nailed a 3 to push Poly's lead back to 60-45 with eight minutes left, and it grew to 18 with four minutes to go.

Poly's Eversley made five of his first seven shots and finished with 17 points on 7-for-15 shooting, while grabbing nine rebounds. Forward David Nwaba added 17 points for the hosts on 8-for-12 shooting. Point guard Jamal Johnson had 15 points, six assists and five rebounds.

Cal Poly connected on its first four 3-pointers and six of its first nine in taking a 30-15 lead. The lead grew to its largest at 38-20.

UH continues play at Cal State Northridge (9-7, 1-0) on Saturday.

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HonoluluHawaii wrote:
A 4-9 team beating our 11-3 Rainbow Warriors? Maybe those that hold the reins to Gib's next contract at UHM knows something we don't about Gib. Well anyway Gib, don't let it slip now. Keep the mojo going. We don't want you to return 11-7 from this road trip. We want to see a 14-4 team return home.
on January 9,2014 | 06:47PM
Mana07 wrote:
Dude...they play one more road game..come home for a home game...then go back on the road for 2 more.
on January 9,2014 | 07:28PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Start of another disastrous conference season? So what else is new.
on January 9,2014 | 07:05PM
HawaiiMongoose wrote:
Typical road woes for UH.
on January 9,2014 | 07:12PM
Mana07 wrote:
The word I have for it is much more foul than "road woes"
on January 9,2014 | 07:28PM
Mana07 wrote:
I am so freaking sick of coaches that are unable to motivate their team. I am equally sick of D1 players that allow themselves to be psyched out by playing on the mainland. We need a Bobby Knight kind of a coach!
on January 9,2014 | 07:27PM
entrkn wrote:
Watches our rainbow's shameful "appearance"... it wasn't a performance, it was an appearance because they appeared but they didn't perform. This team is better than this... a lot better... but they still have to earn their way by PLAYING and BEATING inferior opponents!
on January 9,2014 | 07:28PM
droid wrote:
Disappointing... once again, a double-digit loss in conference play. The Big West was supposed to eliminate the travel excuse. California IS the closest state with D-I basketball teams.

Back to the drawing board.
on January 9,2014 | 10:57PM
admiral wrote:
Simply comparing their won-lost records, this looks like an upset. But Cal Poly's losses have included defeats at the hands of Arizona, Nevada, Fresno State, Pacific, Oregon, Stanford, and others. Hawaii, meanwhile, has fattened its record up with victories over far lesser teams....thus perhaps giving hometown fans the impression that they are better than they really are. League play now opens with 15 games remaining in the season--8 home, 7 away. This is the real test. Sportswriter complaints notwithstanding, maybe the UH administration knows what it's doing by taking a wait and see attitude toward Gib's already bloated contract.
on January 10,2014 | 12:26AM
honopic wrote:
UH missed 31 shots from the floor (26 for 57), 15 from 3-point range (9 for 15) and 5 out of 14 free throws. Can't wait to see what kind of spin Dave Reardon puts on this disaster of a game as he urges people to come out and spend their hard-earned money on a "very good" Rainbow Warrior team.
on January 10,2014 | 06:41PM
honopic wrote:
Correction - UH shot 4 for 19 on 3-point attempts (21.1%.)
on January 10,2014 | 06:43PM
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