Hawaii 63, Bakersfield 59

Hawaii 63, Bakersfield 59

By Lance Tominaga, ESPN Honolulu Web Editor.

Junior Madut’s two free throws with less than three seconds left in the game helped secure the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team’s 63-59 road win over Big West foe CSU Bakersfield earlier tonight.

Madut, a junior guard, led the Rainbow Warriors with 17 points. Senior forward Jerome Desrosiers contributed 16 point and six boards, while sophomore guard Noel Coleman chipped in with 10 points – all in the second half.

With the victory, Hawaii improved to 8-5 on the season and, more importantly, 4-0 in conference play. The Roadrunners, who were led by Justin McCall’s 22 points, fell to 6-7 on the year and 1-3 in the Big West.

The game was close throughout, with Bakersfield going into halftime with a 28-26 lead. Hawaii opened the second half on a 6-0 run and led for most of the rest of the way. The Roadrunners’ only lead in the second stanza came with 8:27 left in regulation, 50-49.

The Rainbow Warriors made just five three-pointers in the game (5-17), tying a season low.

UH has now won four straight games, coinciding with center Bernardo Da Silva’s return from injury. The team will now make a bus trip to San Luis Obispo to play Cal Poly this Saturday. ESPN Honolulu will bring you the game starting at 5:00 p.m., with Bobby Curran calling the action.

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