MBB Loses to Hawai’i on Senior Night

Jamal Smith. Credit Matt Brown
Jamal Smith. Credit Matt Brown

FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton men's basketball had its home-winning streak snapped at six on Saturday night in the final game of the season at Titan Gym as Hawai'i won 71-59 on Senior Night. The Titans led at halftime but were out-scored by 13 in the second frame despite four players scoring in double figures.

The Titans (14-16, 10-6) led 34-27 with 34 seconds left in the first half but proceeded to give up a three pointer, turn the ball over and then allow another three at the buzzer to go into half time with a 34-33 lead. The Rainbow Warriors (18-12, 9-7), hit a three on the first possession to take a 36-34 lead and they kept that lead throughout the second half as the game was never even tied.

A key part in the Rainbow Warriors picking up the season sweep against the Titans was rebounding as they won the battle of the boards 39-27. They were also 18-19 from the free-throw line.

The Titans had four players score in double figures, led by junior forward Jackson Rowe with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. Redshirt junior guard Jamal Smith tallied 10 points, two rebounds and one assist in 23 minutes off the bench. Senior guards Khalil Ahmad (11 points, three rebounds) and Kyle Allman, Jr. (10 points, four rebounds, one steal) also scored in double figures.

Fullerton begins the Big West Tournament on Thursday at the Honda Center against UC Davis at 2:30 p.m. PT on ESPN3.

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