Hawaiʻi senior forward Mike Thomas had an incredible 26-point game, but the 'Bows came up short against Cal State Fullerton.
The Titans (12–8, 5–3 Big West Conference) ultimately came back from an 11–point deficit to get the 69–66 victory. UH fell to 13–6 overall and 4–2 in the conference.
The ‘Bows came out with intense energy in the first half led by Thomas for the first 10 minutes. Thomas put on a clinic with 18 points out of the ‘Bows 21 points at the 10:13 mark; he went 5-of-6 from the field and 6-of-6 from the free throw line. It was back and forth scoring between the ‘Bows and the Titans throughout the first half.
Senior forward Gibson Johnson scored on three quick possessions giving the ‘Bows a 28–25 lead at the 9:50 mark. The half came to an end with the ‘Bows leading 41–35 with nine points from off the bench.
At the start of the second half junior guard Sheriff Drammeh made a quick three-pointer energizing the crowd and pushing the 'Bows biggest lead of 11 points when it was 48–37. Allman was the biggest contributor for the Titans with 20 points in the second half, shooting 8-for-9 from the field. Towards the end of the second-half stretch, it was truly a battle with CSUF taking the lead 67–55 at the 1:46 mark with a layup by sophomore forward Jackson Rowe. The ‘Bows did have a chance with three seconds to go in the game, but freshman guard Drew Buggs' three-point attempt came up short.
Thomas led the ‘Bows with 26 points, 6 rebounds and shot 9-for-14 from the field. Junior forward Jackson Purchase also contributed with 11 points, 4 rebounds and shot 4-for-7 from the field.
Allman led all scorers for Cal State Fullerton with 40 points, 3 rebounds and shot 16-for-19 from the field.
Next week, UH will face the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos (16–5, 5–2 BWC) on Thursday at 5 p.m. HST and the Cal Poly Mustangs (6–15, 1–6 BWC) on Saturday at 5 p.m. HST.