UH falls to Cal State Northridge, 77-71
HONOLULU (AP) — Tavrion Dawson and Micheal Warren tossed in 22 points apiece and Cal State Northridge shot 65 percent from the floor in a 77-71 victory over University of Hawaii men’s basketball on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.
Dawson knocked down 11 of 16 shots for the Matadors (6-19, 3-8 Big West Conference). Warren hit 6 of 9 shots, including three 3-pointers, and all seven of his free throws. Terrell Gomez scored 16 and he and Warren combined to shoot 7 of 12 from long range.
Northridge scored the first basket of the game, but Sheriff Drammeh answered with a layup and a 3-pointer and the Rainbow Warriors stayed in front until Warren’s 3-pointer pushed Northridge ahead 26-24 with 6:40 left in the half. Warren and Jalon Pipkins accounted for all nine points in a 9-2 run and the Matadors closed out the half with a 37-31 lead.
Hawaii stayed within striking distance until Gomez and Warren hit back-to-back 3s to push the Matadors’ lead to 65-52 with 6:10 left to play and they coasted from there.
Drew Buggs led the Rainbow Warriors (13-10, 4-6) with 17 points, while Thomas scored 14. Hawaii, which has lost five straight, shot 65 percent in the first half, but just 38.5 percent after intermission.
The Rainbow Warriors next play at UC Irvine on Thursday.