HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -The game had everything you wanted in a superhero movie.
It was dubbed 'Superhero Night." Fans and members of the community were encouraged to wear their favorite super hero costumes tonight to cheer on the hometown Bows.
The Warriors got into the spirit donning capes in their pregame introductions.
But tonight the hero was played by UC Irvine’s Max Hazzard who delivered a fade away jumper with just seconds remaining on the clock to stun the Warriors and an electric home crowd at the Stan Sheriff center.
The Warriors looked to be in control most of the game leading by as many as 14 points in the second half.
The Anteaters continued to battle and where the 'Bows looked to struggle at times offensively late in the second half UC Irvine capitalized.
“When we were up we took some bad shots,” said Hawaii head coach Eran Ganot. “That’s part of our evolution as a team to continue to stay locked in and solid over and over again.”
Jack Purchase led the Warriors with 18 points on an impressive shooting night going 4 - 9 from beyond the arc, Zigmars Raimo added 16 points and six rebounds.
'It was a tough game," said Raimo. “One shot changed the game we need to fix our mistakes and be better next game.”
Both teams battled down the stretch with a chance to win the game in regulation, Hawaii’s Sheriff Drammeh had a chance at a game winning pull up jumper attempt at the buzzer that bounced in and out.
The teams entered the extra period tied at 64 but the extra frame saw the Anteaters continuing to make tough shots under pressure.
The Warriors responded with big shots of their own but Hazzard’s contested jumper would inevitably put the game just out of reach with seconds remaining.
Despite the tough loss, coach Ganot still pleased with the way his team battled until the end.
“I couldn’t be prouder of our team" Ganot said. “That’s as proud of our team I’ve been all year."
The loss snaps the Warriors' four game home winning streak. The 'Bows will next be back in action this Saturday at 7:00 p.m. against UC Davis.