KHON2 sports director Rob DeMello is in Anaheim, Calif. for the Big West Tournament at Honda Center.
The University of Hawaii men’s basketball team snagged a victory over Cal State Fullerton in the Big West Tournament quarterfinals Thursday.
The final score was 75-44. View full game stats here.
The pressure was on for the Big West Conference regular-season champions after a sputtering first half. The Rainbow Warriors went into half-time barely edging out over the Titans 27-26.
Then, they got back to basics.
Junior forward Mike Thomas blew the doors of the Titans’ defense with 12 points and 12 rebounds. Senior guard Roderick Bobbitt racked up 14 points, leading the team to a 28-3 run that threw the game completely out of reach.
“We just played our game. Discipline on defense and execute on offense and, you know, it was a tremendous round,” said Bobbitt.
“Everybody that played contributed minutes, everybody did their thing, played their role, so we did a good job,” said junior guard Aaron Valdez. “We were down one at one point in the second half and we didn’t panic. Everyone just stuck to the game plan and that was key for us.”
“I’m just really proud of the guys and the guys who normally play more like champs were in completely support of their teammates,” said head coach Eran Ganot. “They pull for each other and to do something special, you need that.”
Thursday’s victory marks Hawaii’s 25th of the season, which makes Ganot the all-time winningest rookie head coach in conference history.
The ‘Bows now look ahead to Friday’s semifinals, when they will play the lowest-remaining seed at 4:30 p.m. HST. The game will be available on ESPN3.