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UH basketball team drops heartbreaker at Long Beach State

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 07:58 a.m. HST, Feb 28, 2014

The Hawaii basketball team's four-game road winning streak came to an end with a 63-61 defeat at Long Beach State on Thursday.

Fourth-place UH (19-9, 8-6 Big West) led most of the way at the Walter Pyramid but was burned by a corner 3-pointer by Travis Hammonds with 8.1 seconds left. 

UH had a timeout remaining, but elected not to use it. Point guard Keith Shamburger dribbled to the top of the opposite 3-point arc and went for a shot, but had it blocked just before the buzzer.

Hammonds scored nine points for third-place LBSU (13-14, 9-4). It was his only 3 of the game.

The defeat, and the home-and-home sweep of UH by the 49ers, drastically increased the likelihood of a fourth-place finish with two regular-season games remaining for the Rainbow Warriors before the Big West tournament in Anaheim, Calif.

Rainbows senior forward Christian Standhardinger scored 17 points to become UH's 16th career 1,000-point scorer, and the fourth Rainbow Warrior to do so in a two-year stay in Manoa. He also surpassed John Penebacker's single-season free-throw attempts record of 224 by going 5-for-7 at the stripe.

The 'Bows, who led by as many as nine points in the first half, played heavy doses of 2-3 zone and scored six straight to take a 54-49 lead at the midpoint of the second half.

UH guard Garrett Nevels scored all of his nine points after halftime, including a basket inside for a 56-51 lead with six minutes to play.

Shamburger lobbed a pass to Standhardinger for a layup to put UH up 58-55 with 4:16 to play and Davis Rozitis got a putback for a five-point lead with 3:30 to go.

Tyler Lamb (game-high 18 points) stuck a big 3 with three minutes left to make it a two-point game, but Standhardinger made one of two at the line to make it 61-58 UH with 1:40 remaining.

On a third effort, LBSU forward Dan Jennings (15 points, 11 rebounds) got a putback to make it a one-point game with 1:08 to go.

Shamburger missed on a drive and the ball went of bounds to LBSU with 52.6 seconds left. 

LBSU missed a long jumper but the ball went back to the Beach on a held ball with 17.7 seconds remaining.

Coming out of a 49ers timeout -- their last -- the ball went to Hammonds in the right corner, and he was money despite requiring gauze to stop bleeding at the top of his nose earlier in the half.

UH wing Brandon Spearman shot 4-for-4 in the first half, including three shots from long range, to lead all scorers with 11 at the break. But he went scoreless in the second half.

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Retiree wrote:
Poor coaching 8 seconds to go, one superstar trying to win the game by his self.
on February 27,2014 | 07:03PM
STARA25 wrote:
Choking again & again!
on February 28,2014 | 06:28AM
Slow wrote:
What did you call it when we won on a last-second shot on the road? Luck? We're just a terrible 19-9 team with a coach whose sole purpose is to lose games and run lives. Just like Obama. Or something. Or maybe we are having a fine season. Or didn't you notice?
on February 28,2014 | 07:27AM
frings wrote:
Let's hope that the next game Hammonds plays in he gets hit hard enough in the face that it kills him.
on February 27,2014 | 07:42PM
berrygood wrote:
Didnt see the game but just from looking at the stats I get the feeling the bench wasn't used much..A combined 3 for 6..When you go on the road it's tough to make your five go the whole way.Fotu only took 9 shots..and had 2 rebounds?..Yikes..Spearman only shot 6 times..Looks like Standhardinger was the only one that showed up..Better figure it out in a urry..jmo
on February 27,2014 | 09:20PM
BTO wrote:
Should have had Valdes in for defense and rebounds. With a point lead in closing seconds, LBSU had two costly offensive rebounds. Took out Fotu too early. Should have taken a risk and let him play with four fouls or substitute in and out.
on February 28,2014 | 08:20AM
gobows wrote:
fotu for offense, valdez for defense
on February 28,2014 | 11:26AM
gobows wrote:
shoulda called time out and set up a play?
on February 28,2014 | 11:26AM
gobows wrote:
Spearman disappeared in the second half
on February 28,2014 | 11:27AM
gobows wrote:
better they be 4th place anyways
on February 28,2014 | 11:27AM
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