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UH rallies, holds off Long Beach State

The Maui News

The University of Hawaii men’s basketball team overcame a 16-point, first-half deficit before holding off Long Beach State 78-76 on Friday night at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

Justin Webster led the Rainbow Warriors (9-8, 7-8 Big West Conference) with 16 points. Jovon McClanahan had 13 points, Justin Hemsley scored 12 and Mate Colina 10.

After falling behind big, UH still trailed 39-30 at halftime. The 49ers opened up a 14-point lead early in the second half before a furious rally by the Rainbow Warriors tied the game at 57 with 10:56 left. A minute later, UH took its first lead of the game after McClanahan’s layup made it 61-60.

The teams traded blows until McClanahan’s jumper with 3:50 remaining gave UH the lead for good. Chance Hunter’s 3-point attempt at the buzzer bounced off the rim to seal Hawaii’s victory.

Hunter finished with 23 points to lead Long Beach State (5-8, 4-5). Isaiah Washington chipped in 17.

Earlier Friday, the UH women picked up a close win of their own over the Beach with a 77-75 victory in Long Beach, Calif.

Rainbow Wahine senior Amy Atwell tied her career high with 25 points, the final two coming on what proved to be the game-winning jumper with 1:07 remaning.

Atwell also had nine rebounds. Nnenna Orji had 11 points, Daejah Phillips added 10 points and Kasey Neubert pulled down 11 rebounds for Hawaii (6-6, 5-5).

Justina King and Naomi Hunt each scored 18 points, and Ma’Qhi Berry added 16 for Long Beach State (11-6, 10-5).

The teams play again today.

College basketball

Friday’s Results

MEN

AP TOP 25

No. 21 Loyola of Chicago 60, S. Illinois 52

EAST

Bryant 63, LIU 60

CCSU 83, Wagner 77

Merrimack 75, St. Francis Brooklyn 67

North Texas 77, Marshall 65

Purdue 73, Penn St. 52

Sacred Heart 70, Fairleigh Dickinson 64

Siena 74, Manhattan 69

St. Bonaventure 88, George Washington 41

St. Peter’s 66, Rider 52

SOUTH

Appalachian St. 84, Ga. Southern 78, 2OT

Coastal Carolina 75, Troy 59

Drexel 84, James Madison 78

FAU 69, Southern Miss. 60

Georgia St. 84, South Alabama 81

Kennesaw St. 80, Florida Gulf Coast 63

Louisiana Tech 101, Rice 57

North Florida 79, Stetson 74

Old Dominion 67, Middle Tennessee 61

MIDWEST

Bowling Green 83, Akron 71

Cincinnati 91, Tulane 71

Drake 80, Bradley 71

Indiana St. 58, Valparaiso 43

Missouri St. 90, Evansville 81

N. Iowa 70, Illinois St. 56

S. Dakota St. 67, UMKC 49

Saint Louis 72, Richmond 67

SOUTHWEST

Louisiana-Lafayette 66, UALR 61

New Mexico St. 78, Tarleton St. 51

Texas State 58, Louisiana-Monroe 49

Texas-Arlington 73, Arkansas St. 71

UAB 64, UTSA 57

FAR WEST

CS Bakersfield 84, CS Northridge 58

Hawaii 78, Long Beach St. 76

Idaho 74, Montana St. 69

Nebraska-Omaha 80, Denver 76

S. Utah 92, N. Arizona 62

Seattle 63, Grand Canyon 57

UC Davis 69, Cal Poly 61

UC Irvine 80, UC San Diego 55

UC Santa Barbara 72, UC Riverside 68

UNLV 68, Fresno St. 67

Utah St. 75, Nevada 72

Utah Valley 78, Rio Grande 74

WOMEN

EAST

Duquesne 74, La Salle 70

Quinnipiac 71, Niagara 57

Rhode Island 70, Richmond 56

Saint Joseph’s 66, St. Bonaventure 63

St. Peter’s 66, Siena 58

VCU 72, UMass 69

SOUTH

Appalachian St. 77, Georgia Southern 66

Campbell 53, Radford 50

Charlotte 62, UTEP 53

FAU 78, Southern Miss. 63

Gardner-Webb 76, UNC-Asheville 56

Georgia St. 60, South Alabama 45

Longwood 85, High Point 69

Louisiana-Lafayette 63, UALR 52

Old Dominion 74, Middle Tennessee 57

Saint Louis 57, Davidson 45

Texas State 85, Louisiana-Monroe 62

Troy 97, Coastal Carolina 82

UNC-Greensboro 54, W. Carolina 42

UNC-Wilmington 68, Coll. of Charleston 66

W. Kentucky 66, FIU 56

MIDWEST

S. Dakota St. 73, UMKC 53

Utah Valley 62, Rio Grande 54

SOUTHWEST

North Texas 52, Marshall 51

Rice 73, Louisiana Tech 50

Texas-Arlington 60, Arkansas St. 40

FAR WEST

Denver 94, Nebraska-Omaha 82

Grand Canyon 90, Seattle 43

Hawaii 77, Long Beach St. 75

San Diego St. 74, Boise St. 72

Tarleton St. 62, New Mexico St. 53

UC Davis 63, Cal Poly 47

UC San Diego 66, UC Irvine 63

UC Santa Barbara 68, UC Riverside 52

UCLA 93, Southern Cal 51

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