The University of Hawaii men’s basketball team experienced joy and ultimately, agony, in a 62-60 overtime loss to Cal State Fullerton in the first round of the Big West Conference Tournament in Henderson, Nevada on Thursday.
Hawaii’s season comes to a likely end at 22-11, while CSUF (19-12) advances to the conference semifinals against UC Irvine.
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After trailing by three points with five seconds left, a Noel Coleman 3-pointer at the buzzer tied the game at 56, sending the game to overtime.
However, a pair of missed free throws by JoVon McClanahan with two seconds left in overtime, the second being an intentional miss, was not successfully rebounded by UH, giving the ‘Bows a devastating loss to end what was a promising and historic season.
On Thursday, senior Samuta Avea had a game-high 19 points and 10 rebounds for a double-double, while Coleman added 14 points and seven boards.
For Cal State Fullerton, Max Jones had a team-high 18 points and six rebounds, while Latrell Wrightsell Jr. added a double-double of 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Titans.
Hawaii turned the ball over 18 times on Thursday, while CSUF had just four.