UH Men's Basketball Defeats Cal State Fullerton in 2019 Conference Opener
The University of Hawaii opened Big West play with an impressive 79-68 win over Cal State Fullerton Wednesday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawaii opened Big West play with an impressive 79-68 win over Cal State Fullerton Wednesday night at the Stan Sheriff Center. Sheriff Drammeh came off the bench to score 23 points -tying his career high - to lead the Rainbow Warriors (10-5) to their fourth straight win.
In a game of runs, UH had the final say with an explosive second half. After trailing by three points at halftime, the 'Bows shot 56 percent and out-scored the Titans 48-34 after the break. UH hit eight three-pointers in the second half and tied its season-high with 11 for the game.
All 11 three-pointers came courtesy of Drammeh, Eddie Stansberry and Jack Purchase, including a trio of long balls in a 90-second span late in the game to seal the win.
Drammeh, who scored 18 of his points in the second half, finished with four three-pointers. Stansberry also drained four three-pointers en route to 16 points. Purchase had three triples and finished with his second double-double of the season with 14 points and 11 rebounds.
A back-and-forth first half ended with the Titans going into the locker room with the lead. UH led by as many as seven points in the first frame, but Fullerton went on a 12-2 run to take a 34-31 lead at the break.
Things continued to be close through the first seven minutes, but a 9-0 run gave UH a 50-41 cushion. The 'Bows built its lead to as many as 10 points before the Titans cut the deficit to 63-60 with under four minutes to play. Enter Drammeh, Stansberry and Purchase who hit consecutive three-pointers to shut the door on the Titan rally.
Khalil Ahmad led Fullerton (4-11) with a game-high 24 points, while Kyle Allman – who scored 40 points in last year's matchup – was held to 14 points on 5-of-12 shooting.
The Rainbow Warriors will next head for the road with a pair of games at CSUN (Jan. 17) and UC Riverside (Jan. 19).