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Irvine outlasts Hawaii in overtime

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:24 a.m. HST, Feb 21, 2014

In a thrill ride contested at well under the speed limit, UC Irvine edged host Hawaii 60-56 in a battle of Big West Conference men's basketball contenders Thursday at the Stan Sheriff Center.

The Anteaters avenged a 90-86 loss (also in overtime) to UH at Irvine on Jan. 25.

This time, the game was much slower paced, to the liking of Irvine which features 7-foot-6 center Mamadou Ndiaye, who finished with 11 points.

First-place UC Irvine improved to 9-2 in the Big West and 18-9 overall. Hawaii fell to 7-5 and 18-8 and to fourth place in the conference.

A crowd of about 6,000 attended on Wig Night.

Luke Nelson led the Anteaters with 12 points.

Christian Standhardinger led UH with 12 and Isaac Fotu scored 11.

Irvine scored the first six points of overtime -- including two free throws by Ndiaye, who entered as a 38.5 percent shooter from the line -- and held on for the win.

Hawaii took a 26-25 lead into halftime, as Ndiaye played just seven of the first 20 minutes, posting no points and one rebound.

Standhardinger scored 10 first-half points, and drew the second foul on Ndiaye on a transition drive to the basket, sending the freshman to the bench to stay with 8:06 to go before the break.

The Rainbow Warriors struggled with the Anteaters zone defense, making just 6 of 22 shots from the floor for their worst shooting percentage of the season for a half. But they made 13 of 15 free throws in the first half.

Ndiaye finally scored with a powerful dunk early in the second half to tie the game at 29. But he was quickly tagged with his third foul with 17:58 left, and UH went on a 9-2 run, including scores off the offensive glass by Brandon Spearman and Fotu.

But Irvine came back. Two dunks by Ndiaye helped the Anteaters close to 47-45, and then Irvine took its first lead of the second half, 50-49, on a basket by Will Davis.

Spearman hit a floater in the lane to put UH back up, 51-50. Ndiaye hit one of two from the line to tie it at 51 with 2:40 left.

Hawaii hosts UC Davis on Saturday.

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lopati15 wrote:
wheres d box scores
on February 20,2014 | 08:43PM
Oahuan wrote:
Time for BJ to fire Gib.
on February 20,2014 | 08:50PM
torxman wrote:
I can't understand why he was hired in the first place. Father and son same thing, Bad! Coaches!
on February 20,2014 | 09:01PM
buds4life wrote:
Another big game, another big loss. What kind of coach would throw in a Hail Mary, insertion of Enos, when the outcome is still in question? More importantly, hang in there Valdes.
on February 20,2014 | 08:55PM
buds4life wrote:
Another big game, another big loss. Hang in Valdes, your time might come.
on February 20,2014 | 09:06PM
Anonymous wrote:
Headline should be Irvine OUTMUGS Hawaii in OT which is what they got away with. WORST OFFICIATING CREW I'VE EVER SEEN.....The Big West should be embarrassed to have these 3 clowns calling a conference game
on February 20,2014 | 09:17PM
TaiBow wrote:
What a letdown for a "big game" - - - when Standhardinger goes 2 for 9 from the field and Fotu goes 3 for 8, and as a team UH shot under 30% (16 of 54), with poor rebounding on both ends - - - there is no way the Bows could've or should've won. How do you not get your big men more involved in the middle in such a key game? How is it that you don't have a real "GO TO" play to close-out a game? Maybe the OIA has room in their tournament for the Bows, because these guys are dreaming if they think they are post-season worthy! So what if you beat up on the lower half of the Big West??? This game was a major disappointment!
on February 20,2014 | 09:59PM
Anonymous wrote:
I was in the D section on the lower level and I paid $26 for my privilege to watch this game. I went to my car to take a nap after end of regulation, because I was yawning all game. When UH had about a 7 point lead, UH could not stop them from consuming us Ants, knowing that their name is The Anteaters. It seemed that both Fotu and Standhardinger could not navigate through UCI's strangling 2-3 zone. AND, 7 foot 6 is HUGE.
on February 20,2014 | 10:21PM
Anonymous wrote:
Why Anonymous?
on February 20,2014 | 10:22PM
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