HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - After suffering just their fourth loss of the season to U.C. Riverside on Thursday, the U.H. mens basketball team had want of a rebound win against CSUN on Saturday... If not for their hopes at a regular season conference title, then at least for the members of their senior class.
It was a junior who came through for the 'Bows.
Riding a game-high 28 points from forward Stefan Jankovic, Hawaii turned a single-point halftime lead into a double-digit victory over the Matadors, extending their conference-best record to 23-4. Hawaii can win at least a share of a regular season Big West championship with a win at U.C. Davis on Thursday.
Senior forward Sai Tummala added 16 points for Hawaii, and senior guard Roderick Bobbitt had game-high totals in rebounds and assists.
"We made big plays at critical moments to create the separation," said Hawaii head basketball coach Eran Ganot. "Obviously, CSUN does a great job at turning us over. Turning teams over. They turn everybody over. We've got to do better, but I'm glad our attitudes were good."
After the game, attention turned to senior night festivities for Bobbitt, Tummala, guard Quincy Smith and guard Dyrbe Enos, the only out-going member who was born and raised here in Hawaii.
"It's great, to send us out with a bang... I got to play towards the end, didn't get the last shot, but it's fun," said Enos after the game. "It's fun to play in front of the crowd, being born and raised on the island of Oahu, it's just a good feeling."