FULLERTON, Calif. - The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team closed the regular season with a bang, routing Cal State Fullerton 91-70 in Big West Conference action on Saturday night at Titan gym. With the win, the 'Bows locked up the fifth seed in next week's Big West Tournament and will open with fourth-seeded Long Beach State.
Hawai'i (20-12, 8-8 BWC) notches back-to-back 20-win seasons for the first time in 17 years and will open tournament play against the Beach on Thursday, Mar. 12. Cal State Fullerton closes its season at 9-22 and 1-15 in the Big West.
Garrett Nevels led the 'Bows with 16 points on 6-9 shooting including 3-4 from beyond the arc. Stefan Jovanovic had a career-high 15 points off the bench with Isaac Fleming adding 11 points and six assists.
Alex Harris led the Titans with 15 points and six assists.
The 'Bows opened the game on a 14-1 run, holding the Titans to without a bucket for nearly the first five minutes of the game. Nevels had five points in the run and forced CSF to take its second timeout after nailing a three-pointer.
Cal State Fullerton would not go away though and trimmed the lead to three points on a Steve McLellan (11 pts, 6 reb) basket with just over three minutes to play in the half. The 'Bows recovered with an 8-1 run and went into the half with an eight-point lead.
CSF cut the lead to three points early in the second half but the 'Bows caught fire and, after a Negus Webster-Chan (8 pts, 3 stl) three-pointer, established their largest lead of the game at 50-36. The game was never close the rest of the way.