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UH basketball team stunned in OT by CSUN at Big West tournament

By Brian McInnis

LAST UPDATED: 01:23 a.m. HST, Mar 14, 2014

ANAHEIM, CALIF. >> A Big West quarterfinal game of wild momentum swings that was seemingly Hawaii's on at least two occasions slipped out of the Rainbow Warriors' fingers, as Cal State Northridge prevailed 87-84 in overtime on Thursday at the Honda Center.

The fourth-seeded 'Bows (20-11) allowed CSUN (16-17) to score the game's final six points of the extra period after leading 84-81.

It was the second straight Big West quarterfinal loss for UH. The 'Bows now await word if they will be invited to the CIT tournament, or if their season is over.

In the immediate aftermath of the loss, indications were the latter.

UH coach Gib Arnold, despondent on the postgame interview podium, said "That was just a real tough one for us to swallow. These guys didn't deserve their season to end that way. Great kids and a great team."

Asked if he'd heard the pay-for-play CIT tournament was a possibility like last season, Arnold said, "I don't think so. I don't think there's been any contract with our AD (Ben Jay) and the CIT."

Jay said soon afterward: "I owe it to (the team) to at least find out what the options are. The chances are slim. It has to be the right makeup of finances."

CSUN guard Josh Greene (27 points) rescued the Matadors repeatedly, including a huge 3 to tie the game in the final seconds of regulation. Forward Stephan Hicks added 21 points on 9-for-12 shooting. It was the Matadors' first conference tournament appearance in three seasons.

UH went on a 40-11 scoring tear to bridge the halves after trailing by 16 early, and took a 13-point lead midway through the second half. But it was not enough as the Matadors pressed fullcourt to force turnovers late and conjured big shots from Greene and others.

Senior forward Christian Standhardinger led Hawaii with 28 points and nine rebounds. Point guard Keith Shamburger added a career-high 20 in defeat, while guard Brandon Spearman tied his season-high of 17 points on 6-for-9 shooting. But UH's other two starters, shooting guard Garrett Nevels and forward Isaac Fotu were ineffective. Nevels fouled out with six points in 21 minutes of play and Fotu shot 3-for-10 for six points.

With 18.7 seconds left, UH elected to take a foul to deny a 3-point attempt to tie. Greene made both foul shots to cut it to a one-point game.

Arnold said the foul was given too early but said, "That wasn't the game. We had plenty of chances to win it before and even after that."

Coming out of a timeout, Shamburger was called for a turnover for stepping out of bounds. CSUN called timeout again and Stephen Maxwell made a baseline jumper for the go-ahead points with 12 seconds left.

UH, out of timeouts, got the ball to Quincy Smith and he dribbled upcourt quickly. But before he could shoot, Fotu was called for an illegal screen turnover. UH had to take a foul with 7.2 seconds left and Matadors center Tre Hale-Edmerson made two to extend the lead to three.

UH tossed the ball to guard Brandon Spearman upcourt, but his 3-point look to tie was too strong and time expired.

Standhardinger went 14-for-16 at the line to establish the new UH single-season record in free-throws made, surpassing Chris Gaines' 184. Standhardinger is at 195.

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oxtail01 wrote:
One and out, that's Gib's MO.
on March 13,2014 | 08:02PM
PokeStop wrote:
Is Gib a better coach then his papa Frank? Nah, just another dud cycling through Manoa! Can't believe that UH spurned Randy Bennett for Gibster!
on March 14,2014 | 07:45AM
oxtail01 wrote:
Wallace was pleading for UH to hire the young assistant from St. Marys but the incidious cult insiders had the last say. So we are getting closer and closer to being a second rate affiliate of the cult based in Utah with 2 clueless head coaches in our two most important men's sports.
on March 14,2014 | 08:28AM
gobows wrote:
Wallace also said hire Nash. How'd that turn out?
on March 14,2014 | 01:15PM
oxtail01 wrote:
It's called rewarding loyalty and life long dedication to UH. Yes, Nash didn't turn out too good but, unlike you, hindsight is not an excuse for intellect.
on March 14,2014 | 08:29PM
Retiree wrote:
Good game again we lost a game we should have won
on March 13,2014 | 08:03PM
usahwn wrote:
Sick game and referees check free throw stats including last charge by Smith. Who pays off these quirks ? The Coach? Ypu have to win with talent first and pay off next.
on March 13,2014 | 08:04PM
usahwn wrote:
Travel no call , phantom touch I hope these pitiful striped so so's elevate their games beyond obvious poor judgment calls on national tv. Bigwest should audit these guys.
on March 13,2014 | 08:10PM
palolo2001 wrote:
No pay raise for Gib?
on March 13,2014 | 08:12PM
niimi wrote:
In game coaching, and in that sense Gib is still in the crib.
on March 13,2014 | 08:12PM
lori808 wrote:
Please Fire gib Arnold...... He got out coached again by theus....
on March 13,2014 | 08:26PM
Anonymous wrote:
Theus didn't out-coach anyone...his team gave up a 16 point lead only to trail by 13.: 1) Josh Greene made Theus look like a great coach 2) Gib was just the dumber of the two.
on March 14,2014 | 02:56PM
capt_comment wrote:
Theus was no genius. He had no answers when UH pulled a 29-point turnaround. Gib just out-dumbed Theus by having his team change their offensive philosophy with seven minutes left in regulation. Those 'strategies' let Northridge back in the game...it wasn't anything Theus did...
on March 14,2014 | 05:35PM
oxtail01 wrote:
He won!
on March 14,2014 | 08:30PM
huponews wrote:
To bad, so sad..... Really good team this year....what else can you say?? CIT, sucks.....move on, get ready for next year.
on March 13,2014 | 08:12PM
Oahuan wrote:
Time to fire Gib norm Chow Arnold. Worst coaching I ever seen.
on March 13,2014 | 08:12PM
PokeStop wrote:
You forgot to add in coach Trap!
on March 14,2014 | 10:48AM
bluhawaii74 wrote:
First time I have have seen an intentional foul with 21 seconds left and a three point lead. Gave them 2 pts, and then UH couldn't get ball inbounds. Incompetent overcoaching And how can the team even think straight with this maniac ranting ,raving, and pacing up and down the sidelines, and on the court, for the entire game.
on March 13,2014 | 08:17PM
808comp wrote:
Belive that was the comment from the announcer about fouling to early. 20 game win don't mean anything now. Hope the Wahine can do better tomorrow.
on March 13,2014 | 08:37PM
gobows wrote:
Player fouled too early. suppose to be under 10 sec. guess he forgot
on March 14,2014 | 01:17PM
Anonymous wrote:
Best comment of the day: "INCOMPETENT OVERCOACHING"
on March 14,2014 | 02:58PM
derek_millennium wrote:
Blame the head coach for this lost. It wasn’t that Cal State Northridge was superior. It was bad orno strategies from Gib Arnold. Terrible! Intentional fouling early with enough time (18 sec) to gowas not a smart call. Also, inbounding to the corner almost everytime game opponent many chances to trap easily. No other inbounds options…crazy! NO adjustments at all. Forget the fact he had 20 wins, but look at the opponents we faced on this seasons schedule. So much talent with very little results. Athletes are not guided well. I’m sorry for being so critical but even the announcers were questioning calls late in the game. That’s validation enough for me to speak out. Coach gotta go!!!
on March 13,2014 | 08:19PM
primowarrior wrote:
They had control of the game at the end, then gave it away.
on March 13,2014 | 08:20PM
kaleo_1 wrote:
Horrible coaching . . . plain and simple
on March 13,2014 | 08:26PM
entrkn wrote:
We choked once again on our Thursday game and now our season is over. In conference play we won only 2 games on Thursdays this season and we lost 7 on Thursdays. That is an unacceptable record.
on March 13,2014 | 08:32PM
TaiBow wrote:
What a waste!!! Standhardinger was the "Hot" man, and he barely touched the ball in the last minutes of regulation time and in the OT! Fotu's lack of scoring and bad fouls, not being able to get off a last shot in regulation, Shamburger hogging the ball, and stepping out of bounds. Giving 2 points with 21 seconds to go and leading by 3 pts.- - - what kinda strategy is that???!!! Hawaii had this game in the bag - - - - Auwe - Auwe - AUWE!!!
on March 13,2014 | 08:41PM
zoomzoom65 wrote:
Yup, whole cheese Shamburger was the reason they lost. His last minute selfish plays have cost the Bows several losses.
on March 13,2014 | 09:21PM
berrygood wrote:
I think Gib thought Shamburger might get fouled..So he held on to the ball..Shoulda given it to Standhardinger..he was all american tonight..They froze him out in the last ten minutes..Fotu could not play "D" if his life depended on it tonight..Davis should have been in for the final minutes..His rebounding would have been the difference..Refs were terrible..Incredible how bad they were..The foul idea was a bad one..You are just admitting your team cannot play "D"...That was really hard to watch because we all knew what was going to happen..and it did..
on March 13,2014 | 10:15PM
Paulh808 wrote:
Bingo, finally somebody gets it on these comments, Standhardinger put the team on his back and carried them all the way back only to be forgotten in the last minutes in regulation and in OT. Fotu failed to show up and Shamburger and Smith tried to win the game without their most talented and hard nosed MVP Standhardinger. That coupled with the horrible officiating lost the game for our boys. All that being said, Mahalo to Gib and his team, they were an exciting and lovable bunch of kids and the fair weather fans can criticize all they want, but this team was really loved by the TRUE fans.
on March 14,2014 | 10:39AM
gobows wrote:
Nevels was missing in action. Maybe that's why you forgot to mention his name.
on March 14,2014 | 01:18PM
Bumby wrote:
When one lose look at the mistakes and improve. When one wins look at the mistake and improve. Fouls on screens have been called on UH a lot. In bound pass plays are always an adventure. So on screens teach them how to do a correct screen. Simple don't move your feet, arms and shoulders. Practice muscle memory over and over and over. Offensive inbound plays use the four man in the paint. History shows many baskets were made from the multiple plays that can be run from that formation. Went back to the Rocha and Oneil coaching days and continued when Nash was an assistant. That is one of the best formation to use under your own basket. Now another thing they need to perfect is running an inbound play when pressed like they were by CSN.
on March 13,2014 | 09:03PM
jojuce wrote:
Why wasn't Standhardiger not force fed the ball in the last 3 minutes. He barely touched it and they couldn't stop his dribble drive to the basket. He was going to the line every time. Terrible coaching at the end. Now the only chance for post season if any, is to pay for it. Frustrating to say the least.
on March 13,2014 | 09:52PM
s08100e wrote:
Arnolld is a horrible coach just like his dad. Just read Dave reardon's Sunday editorial which documents his end of the saespn record the last four seasons. Losing down the stretch the last five or four of five when it counts. Additionally, his record this season against the teams above UH of 1 win and 5 losses. He can't win the big game. Further, his record every year of losing his palyers who leave the program disgruntled. tHE COACH CANNOT BREAK A FULL COURT press period just look at this game. He crowds the court which plays right into the oppositions hand every time and is welcomed by the opposing team creating havoc and confusion. Instead of puting one guard at the free throw line and two forwards at half court he has no clue. Come on UH time to get real and get a real coach! Arnold sucks and has to go.
on March 13,2014 | 10:56PM
Retiree wrote:
Get rid of these punahou coaches no commmon sense.they dont belong in div 1 sports
on March 13,2014 | 11:49PM
hon2255 wrote:
Cupcake pre season Too many d2 teams and no names. We're in a poor conference and end up fourth place or lower with highest salaried coach. The coach lost tus game by going into a stall list all momentum with over five min. Left. Time and again same old thing. This program fizzles at end if season. Bye Gib.
on March 14,2014 | 06:18AM
PokeStop wrote:
Have the Punahou Mafia pay for Gib's contract to be terminated! Joins his fellow Punahou alum in Washington, DC, as a failure!
on March 14,2014 | 07:42AM
rbzs1 wrote:
"STUNNED"......hmmm,,,,,,, oh well.....
on March 14,2014 | 08:05AM
Bdpapa wrote:
A very disappointing loss. The team played well this season and wish them well for next year. Go Rainbow Warriors!
on March 14,2014 | 09:09AM
jojobear wrote:
I kind of wonder what was going through Gib Arnold's mind not letting Christian touch the ball in the last minutes in regulation and over time, is Gib thinking 20 wins will be enough to get an invite to the NIT, get real, with the schedule we had, playing teams like U.H. Hilo and Chaminade and division 2 schools get real, I would rather play schools that are in the top twenty and get our asses kicked then have one of the worst schedules in the NCAA.
on March 14,2014 | 11:18AM
gobows wrote:
Lacked the killer instinct. Should've given Northridge a full dose of Christian at the end.
on March 14,2014 | 01:20PM
Anonymous wrote:
DUMP both Gib and the Punahou Mafia that influenced the hiring!
on March 14,2014 | 03:00PM