The Maui News
Noel Coleman had 14 points, leading four University of Hawaii players in double-digit scoring, as the Rainbow Warriors won their eighth straight home game by holding off Cal State Northridge 58-51 on Monday evening at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.
JoVon McClanahan added 13 points and five assists, and Bernardo da Silva and Samuta Avea each recorded double-doubles for UH (14-4, 5-1 Big West Conference). Da Silva had 11 points and 12 rebounds, and Avea finished with 10 points and 11 boards.
The Rainbow Warriors got off to a fast start, taking a 12-3 lead on a jumper by McClanahan in the first five minutes of the game. They led by as many as 18 points late in the first half and took a 33-17 lead into the locker rooms at the break.
A 3-pointer by Kamaka Hepa extended UH’s lead to 38-19 with 18:20 left in the game before CSUN went on a 13-0 run over the next five minutes to close the gap. The Matadors continued to chip away, getting as close as a point a couple times down the stretch, but the Warriors held them off and pulled away with a 6-0 run in the final 2:22.
Dionte Bostick scored 21 points to lead CSUN (3-15, 0-7).
In Northridge, Calif., on Monday, the UH women’s basketball team got a career night from graduate guard McKenna Haire to beat the Matadors 76-60.
Haire went 6 of 8 from behind the arc and finished with a career-high 18 points to lead the Rainbow Wahine (6-9, 4-2), who never trailed after an 11-0 run in the first quarter gave them a 19-11 lead.
Haire and Daejah Phillips (14 points) led UH’s 44-point charge from the bench. Lily Wahinekapu added 16 points and six assists.
Tess Amundsen had 17 points and Jordyn Jackson scored 15 for the Matadors (4-13, 3-4).
Both UH squads next play UC Irvine on Thursday and UC Riverside on Saturday, with the men on the road and the women at home.