By Jeff Portnoy
UH's come from behind win last night was crtitical for their chances of finishing in the top half of the league. After being down by as much as 11 points with under ten minutes to play, Uh rallied to eak out a four point victory ( i might add i predicted a 4 point win weds night on Hoopstalk, but i never thought we would have to come from 11 down to win). UH outscored Riverside 19-5 in points off of turnovers and 16-4 in second chance points. UH outscored Riverside by 6 at the line overcoming Riverside's 10 threes ( a recurring problem for the Bows). But the Bows had a season low 8 turnovers. Once again, Standhardinger led the way with 23 points and 10 rebounds, but he got help from Spearman who had 15 points. Of some concern was Vander's mediocre effort as he had 10 points but only 2 rebounds. Tavita continued his ball handling improvement with 8 assists to only 2 turnovers.
The game tomorrow at Fullerton takes on some added intrigue as Fullerton lost by 10 at home to Northridge who didnt even have their best player. As i have been writing for weeks, Fullerton has been a major disappointment and seems to be unable to find itself. Thery will be favored and i think they will probably win, but give UH a real chance of an upset to win its third straight road game and place itself in the top three. I still think no one will catch Long Beach.
Thanks to all of you who commented on the debate question both on line and on the phone. It has generated lots of discussion. Its been an interesting season so far, and hawaii has 4 home and 4 away games left. With 11 wins against Div 1 teams, the team has a legitimate shot at 16-17 wins. The conferences poor RPI ( 19th), and the poor RPI and SOS of most of the Big West teams, including Hawaii, guarantees only one NCAA spot, and i doubt whther any of the lesser tournamnets will take any of the remaining teams, so UH right now is playing for seeding in the Big West Tournament with the chance to win the big prize.