Noah Allen made a tying layup at the regulation buzzer as Hawaii rallied in thrilling fashion to beat Long Beach State 114-107 in overtime tonight at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Breakout performances up and down the UH roster carried the Rainbow Warriors to the comeback from 13 points down in the second half in a rematch of the teams in the 2016 Big West championship game.
UH (7-9, 1-2 Big West) avoided its first 0-3 start to BWC play in front of a crowd of 3,834. It tied UH’s seventh-highest point total in program history. It was their first 100-point game since Jan. 18, 2014, vs. UC Riverside.
Three players had career highs of 25 points apiece: Allen, freshman Leland Green and sophomore Jack Purchase. Freshman forward Zigmars Raimo scored a season-high 11 points on 5-for-5 shooting.
UH’s Sheriff Drammeh tied it up at 89 on two free throws with 22.8 seconds left in regulation. After a timeout, Justin Bibbins drained clock until about five seconds remained and drove left into the lane. Drammeh was called for a foul with 3.1 seconds left and Bibbins made both for a two-point lead for LBSU (6-14, 1-3).
UH called timeout to set up a play. Gibson Johnson threw the inbounds pass to Allen near midcourt. Allen drove the right side of the lane and finger-rolled it off the glass just before the backboard light went red.
The ’Bows kept it going in OT. Green collected the tip and scored a three-point play, fouling out Bibbins in the process. Purchase followed it up with his seventh 3 for a six-point lead. LBSU never got closer than four points the rest of the way.