Hawaii vs. UC Irvine

Hawaii drops a heartbreaker at home to UC Irvine, 56-60, snapping a 3 game winning streak in the process.

So close. Damn we were so so so close. Multiple chances to win, both in regulation AND in OT. 20-23 from the line. 38% shooting by UC Irvine. And STILL that wasn't enough! I don't understand it. Towards the end, once legs and fatigue started to kick in, it seemed that Mamdou Ndiaye was just too much for the team, who was content to kick it out for mid-range and three point jumpers instead of taking in hard inside (even Fotu, who normally doesn't shy away from contact, seemed a bit intimidated.) Hawaii was just 4-17 from three (24%) and that's simply unacceptable. The team is at its best when it works inside out, using the speed and athleticism of its guards to collapse the D and then kicking the ball out for an open shot. Instead, the game devolved into one on one, and UC Irvine dictated the pace. This effectively kills any chance that UH would have had to take the top seed heading into the stretch run of the season. Hopefully they can bounce back on Saturday against UC Davis. Cmon boys you can do it!!

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