Back and forth. Forth and back. The SJSU - Hawaii matchup was a veritable teeter-totter as neither team could sink the dagger and pull away from the other. One would go up followed by the other regaining ground and taking the lead. Eventually, a critical call took place, changing ball possession and offering UH a pair of free throws and that ultimately determined the outcome.
The final 77-71. Adrian Oliver led the way for San Jose State with 18 points. Justin Graham scored15 and Kieth Shamburger 14. At the forefront of the Hawaii offensive attack was Zane Johnson with 26 points and Bill Amis contributed 18.
Here's how it played out:
A Johnson trey cut the San Jose State lead to one.
Following that, Shamburger missed on a pair of free throws with 2:37 remaining.
Then at the shot clock buzzer, Amis caught net with a 17-foot fadeaway.
At the 1:46 mark and Hawaii ahead by one, UH freshman backcourter Bobby Miles was struck by an elbow went down. The referees checked the video to determine the consequences, if any. It was judged an intentional foul based on the rules established prior to this season.
In a no-brainer, Coach Gib Arnold inserted Bo Barnes for Miles. The sharpshooting frosh sank both free throws, putting the Rainbow Warriors up by three. UH also retained possession. The scoreboard: 71-68
Amis then fouled Wil Carter who sank the first but missed the second, with just over a minute left.
Johnson subsequently buried a long trey to make it 74-69 with 35 ticks showing on the clock.
Oliver was fouled and was good on both his attempts at the line. The scoreboard: 74-71
Amis proved to be a thorn again with a layup that put the Rainbow Warriors up by five.
Subsequently, Shamburger missed a trey attempt which Oliver rebounded but he missed the followup. Barnes rebounded and was fouled.
He was good on the first but erred on the second. Hawaii led by six and the remaining seconds didn't matter.
At the half, it was San Jose State with a one point lead at 37-36. Graham had 12 points and Amis 11 at that point.