FULLERTON, Calif. – Cal State Fullerton men's basketball was unable to complete the season sweep of Hawai'i on Saturday as it fell 68-60 to the Rainbow Warriors. Hawai'i had four players in double figures and recorded 14 assists on 22 made field goals. There was nearly an hour delay between the end of the first half and start of the second half due to a maintenance issue with one of the baskets.
Gibson Johnson and Drew Buggs each had 15 points to lead the Rainbow Warriors in scoring. Leland Green chipped in 10 points and two assists while Jack Purchase scored 10 points off the bench and hauled in nine rebounds.
Hawai'i (17-12, 8-8 Big West) shot 41.5% (22-53) from the field, 42.1% (8-19) from distance and 66.7% (16-24) from the charity stripe. The Rainbow Warriors won the rebounding battle 37-33 and had 11 turnovers to 13 for CSF.
Cal State Fullerton (17-11, 10-6 Big West) was led in scoring by junior guard Kyle Allman, Jr. with 18 points. He shot 7-10 from the free-throw line and had two assists. Sophomore forward Jackson Rowe was the only other Titan in double figures with 14 points (5-7 FGA, 3-4 FTA) and he had five rebounds.
The team's lone senior, Arkim Robertson, was honored prior to the start of the game. He finished the day with six points, five rebounds and a blocked shot in 12 minutes of play.
Cal State Fullerton will play in the Big West Tournament at the Honda Center beginning on Thursday. It has yet to be determined who the team will play or what time the game will begin on Thursday.
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