The Hawaii basketball team righted itself in its final home game of the season, pulling away from Cal State Northridge for an 89-78 victory at the Stan Sheriff Center tonight.
Much of the “Whiteout” turnstile crowd of 9,103 — the second sellout of the season for ticket sales — hung around for ceremonies honoring outgoing players Quincy Smith, Roderick Bobbitt, Sai Tummala and Dyrbe Enos.
UH (23-4, 12-2 Big West) eclipsed last season’s win total and maintained a one-game lead over UC Irvine in the conference standings. Because Irvine held on to win 62-61 at UC Davis, UH could not yet clinch the No. 1 seed for the Big West tournament. The Rainbows will try on Thursday at Davis.
UH led by just a point at halftime but gradually pulled away in the second half.
Stefan Jankovic scored a game-high 28 points on 8-for-10 shooting from the field and 10-for-12 shooting at the free-throw line. Tummala scored 16 with six rebounds and Bobbitt had 13 points, seven rebounds and eight assists.
Jankovic connected on his first eight shots from the field. He was 20-for-23 in two wins over the Matadors (10-19, 5-10). He scored a career-high 34 at the Matadome.
UH shot 52.8 percent from the field to 42.6 percent for CSUN, which is ineligible for the Big West tournament because of a self-imposed postseason ban.