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UH basketball team falls by a point at Cal State Northridge

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 05:40 a.m. HST, Jan 12, 2014

Christian Standhardinger's jumper at the buzzer missed off the back iron as Cal State Northridge survived to defeat Hawaii 79-78 Saturday at the Matadome in Northridge, Calif.

It was the fifth straight Big West Conference road defeat for UH (11-5, 0-2 BWC) going back to last season. CSUN (10-7, 2-0) saw a 13-point lead evaporate in the final few minutes but the Rainbow Warriors were unable to muster the go-ahead points.

UH point guard Keith Shamburger hit a 3, his first field goal of the game, to cut the deficit to a point with 1:52 left.

Rainbow Warriors senior Brandon Spearman missed the front end of a 1-and-1 free throw trailing by a point with under a minute left, but forward Isaac Fotu grabbed the offensive rebound. Shamburger missed on a layup with 25 seconds left but Fotu grabbed yet another board, setting up UH's final possession. It dribbled out the clock to the buzzer before Standhardinger's look caromed off to finish shooting 4-for-13 for the game.

Standhardinger had 18 points and 10 rebounds and Fotu went for 16 points and 11 boards in the loss. Guard Garrett Nevels fouled out with 19 points in the final minutes after scoring 16 in the second half.

Junior forward Stephen Maxwell led the Matadors with 24 points and 10 rebounds behind a dominant second half. Guard Aaron Parks added 19 points and Josh Greene had 15 for CSUN.

UH's 3-point woes continued as it went only 7-for-23 (30 percent) coming off a poor shooting night in a loss at Cal Poly on Thursday.

The teams combined to hit all 26 free throw attempts in the first half, including 18-for-18 by CSUN as the Matadors rallied from nine points down to take a one-point halftime lead.

UH recaptured the lead temporarily to open the second half.

But CSUN seized control with a 13-2 run at the midpoint of the second half, going up its largest at 70-57.

Parks scored a four-point play when Nevels fouled him on a 3 with 10:59 left for a 66-57 advantage for the hosts.

Nevels got a steal and a layup during a 7-0 run to cut it to 70-63 with 6:40 to play.

Parks was called for a flagrant 1 foul while Nevels went up for a dunk off a turnover with 5:19 left. Nevels hit one of two free throws and UH got the ball back, but Nevels turned it over on a drive. 

Spearman scored on a take to get UH within 72-66 and Nevels nailed a 3 to make it a three-point game with four minutes to go.

Greene hit a big corner 3, but Nevels responded with a jumper to make it 77-73.

Standhardinger came out aggressive, draining four free throws to start the game. He hit a 3-pointer for a 23-17 lead.

Brandon Spearman nailed his second 3 for a 30-21 lead, UH's largest to that point.

CSUN went on a 9-0 run to knot the game at 30.

A putback by Spearman gave UH a 39-37 lead in the final minute of the period, but Dyrbe Enos, who had just hit a big corner 3-pointer, fouled Parks with less than a second left before halftime and Parks hit all three for a 40-39 lead at the break.

UH resumes play at home against UC Riverside at the Stan Sheriff Center next Saturday.

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kong2985 wrote:
Tough to win on the road....good teams overcome road and wins...average teams don't...
on January 11,2014 | 06:35PM
Oahuan wrote:
Same old s h I t. Nothing new.
on January 11,2014 | 06:54PM
berrygood wrote:
I don't buy the "tough road" thing..NBA teams fly all over and play nightly...Olympic teams play all over the world..UH flies to Cali in four and a half hours and can't beat two very poor teams?..I don't get it..They played so well at home..Same round ball..smae court..same net..I never understood the road thing...Too bad..I thought they would break through this year
on January 11,2014 | 08:19PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
Probably stems from getting romped at Weber State for our first NCAA tournament loss, remember that in the early 1970s during the Nash, Penebacker, Davis, Holiday, Freeman era???
on January 11,2014 | 08:37PM
oxtail01 wrote:
Weber State was a decent team to actually make the tournament. We are losing to nobodies now.
on January 12,2014 | 12:44PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
These are the times when we are glad that there is the Conference Tournament at a neutral site. Those times we can make up for our road woes. We need to finish in the upper half of the Confernece standings though, so that we will not face the top seeded team in the tournament. "We still get chance". Let's Go 'Bows!!! By the way, I wonder how many times Ben Jay has been stricken with Ben Gay jokes lol ????
on January 11,2014 | 08:34PM
HonoluluHawaii wrote:
That's what I get for not proofreading: Conference typo
on January 11,2014 | 08:35PM
hon2255 wrote:
We have a underperforming team , got to win on the road if you want to win the conference and the Big West aint the Mountain West , a higher rpi conference that normally has multiple teams going to the Ncaa's .Gib needs to be a better game coach, What happen to Fotu in the last couple minutes ,why weren't we getting the ball inside to Fotu, Christian does not have a good touch on his jump shots, even foul shots, his release is not one you would teach to a youngster learning to shoot a proper jump shot.
on January 11,2014 | 09:08PM
Slow wrote:
I guess all us living room coaches can still agree on one thing: fire all UH coaches, administrators, staff and janitors. Then simply recruit blue chip players, hire Mike K. and Nick Saban as coaches, build a fabulous on-campus sports complex and join the Pac 12. Why didn't Ben Jay and Abercrombie think of my simple plan for success?
on January 12,2014 | 06:14AM
oxtail01 wrote:
Because we can all agree you're full of .....
on January 12,2014 | 12:41PM