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UH hoops celebrates senior night with a win

  • BRUCE ASATO / BASATO@STARADVERTISER.COM

    Hawaii’s Stefan Jankovic drivs on Cal State Northridgeճ Tre Hale-Edmerson in the first half of the Cal State Northridge vs the University of Hawaii men’s basketball game at the Stan Sheriff Center.

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.

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      • It must be a bummer to watch Hawaii sports, even when they are doing well, and continually slag every aspect. Belittling the players, coaches, the opposition, & the league that Hawaii is in – – – Yadda, yadda, yadda! Everyone is trying to do the best they can. Stop watching and go for a hike – clear your mind – think better thoughts – Be Happy (for a change)!

  • I lost all respect for Ganot and his coaching staff when he said that he was unable to control this year’s team and will start when he gets his own recruits…..yeah, winning the right way, Mr. Matlin…..what do you say now…you lied to Benji last year and then you come out with a hypocritical statement saying the team….all of UH teams will win the right way….so what is the right way……what was Bobbitt’s punishment….he didn’t start off….wow, big deal….Ganot is Matlin’s boy so he overlooks the punishment…..discipline wise, team players practically told the coaches off in their own way……whining, walking away from coaches, swearing etc….Ganot is a phony and yes, I will receive MUCH CRITICISM in the forthcoming comments critical of me but so be it as I am only speaking the truth…nothing more and nothing less.

    • Don’t know about losing respect for Ganot. But it looks like Fleming was unhappy fuming with Coach Ganot. I think Fleming gave Ganot the stare down standing on the sideline during the 2nd half. Fleming does not look himself on court and feel he’s not 100% healthy although he may say so. Somethings wrong with the team! I think I see the picture, when a team is that close to winning the Conference title or so with the stakes high the players more or less knows they have the upperhand with the coaching Staff. Too bad for players this year as there are other players who could fill their spot if they cause problems

    • If that came out of Ganot’s mouth, then he shouldn’t take any credit for the accomplishments this team has already achieved. Really, the core of the team are Gib’s recruits, bad attitudes and all Gib’s players are the reason for the success this team had the past 2 years.

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