HONOLULU — Christian Standhardinger scored 17 points, Isaac Fotu and Vander Joaquim posted double-doubles, and Hawaii rallied to beat CS Northridge 74-71 on Saturday night in the Big West Conference opener for both teams.
Standhardinger was 8 of 11 from the field and added eight rebounds for the Rainbow Warriors (7-5), who are joining the Big West after 33 seasons in the Western Athletic Conference. Fotu had 16 points, including what proved to be the game-winning layup with 42 seconds left, and 11 rebounds. Joaquim added 12 points and 11 boards.
Stephan Hicks tied his season high with 25 points for the Matadors (9-4), and Stephen Maxwell had 14 points and 10 rebounds. Landon Drew missed a tying 3-pointer at the buzzer.
Hawaii led 44-33 at halftime after a 25-3 first-half run, but Northridge rallied and the teams swapped leads before Joaquim’s free throw with 1:06 left put the Warriors ahead for good.
Cincinnati 65 OT
Senior guard Monica DeAngelis scored a career-high 21 points and hit a mid-range jumper in the lane with :07 left in overtime to give Hawaii (4-6, 0-0 Big West) a 65-63 victory over Cincinnati (7-5, 0-0 Big East) on Saturday night.
With the win, Hawaii advanced to play Alabama in the Bank of Hawaii Invitational title game, slated Sunday night.
Rainbow Wahine forward Kamilah Martin finished with 12 points and a game-high 15 rebounds as Hawaii knocked off the favored Lady Bearcats.