Hawaii (17-7) at Cal State Fullerton (8-15)
The Sports Network
DATE & TIME: Saturday, February 15, 9 p.m. (ET)
FACTS & STATS: Site: Titan Gym (3,500) -- Fullerton, California. Television: ESPN3.com. Home Record: Hawaii 12-4, Fullerton 6-4. Away Record: Hawaii 4-3, Fullerton 2-10. Neutral Record: Hawaii 1-0, Fullerton 0-1. Conference Record: Hawaii 6-4, Fullerton 3-6. Series Record: Hawaii leads, 4-2.
GAME NOTES: Hawaii tries to capture a second win on the mainland in a span of about 48 hours, as the Rainbow Warriors clash with the Cal State Fullerton Titans in Big West Conference action at Titan Gym.
On Thursday night, the Rainbow Warriors cruised to an 87-76 win over UC Riverside in the Golden State, marking the team's second straight victory and the third in the last four outings for a program that is now 6-4 in conference play and tied with Long Beach State for third place in the standings entering the weekend.
As for the Titans, currently sporting a Big West mark of only 3-6, they managed to bring an end to a three-game slide two nights back with a 74-64 win against UC Davis at home.
According to Hawaii's sources, the Rainbow Warriors lead the all-time series by a count of 4-2 dating back to 1983. Last season, Hawaii claimed a pair of two-point decisions.
The teams are slated to close out the regular season against each other on March 8 at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.
Christian Standhardinger erupted for 27 points and 13 rebounds as he helped guide the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors to an 11-point win over the UC Riverside Highlanders in conference play at SRC Arena two nights ago. Garrett Nevels accounted for 20 points and Brandon Spearman 11, while Keith Shamburger produced a double-double as well with 11 points and 10 assists for the Rainbow Warriors, as they led by as many as 18 points in the second half and held the hosts to only 5-of-16 shooting behind the 3-point line on the night.
One of the top offensive teams in the nation this season with 81.3 ppg, a lot of the credit needs to go to Standhardinger who is posting 17.9 ppg and is creating his own shot opportunities thanks to 72 rebounds at the offensive end of the floor. Because of Standhardinger on the glass with his 8.1 rpg, not to mention Isaac Fotu (15.5 ppg) who is clearing another 6.1 rpg, the Rainbow Warriors are topping opponents by almost six caroms per contest as they head into the weekend.
Alex Harris led the offensive attack for the Titans on Thursday night as he delivered a game-high 22 points, shooting 6-of-11 from the floor, but not that far behind was Michael Williams who accounted for another 20 points, the duo combining to shoot 6-of-14 behind the 3-point line and 14-of-19 at the charity stripe where Fullerton outscored UC Davis by eight. The Titans also got a huge lift off the bench, as Josh Gentry, Chris Collins and James Johnson combined to post another 25 points for the hosts.
The Titans are putting up 66.8 ppg, but the defense is permitting 70.7 ppg, so more often than not the numbers are working against Fullerton. Williams, the only player to have started every game, leads the team in scoring with 16.6 ppg, while Harris accounts for another 14.8 ppg, which means the duo combines for close to half of the unit's entire scoring output on a regular basis.
With Williams and Harris putting together strong efforts the Titans have a fighting chance for sure, but if Standhardinger and Fotu can handle the paint then the hosts will have a tough time of it tonight.
Sports Network Predicted Outcome: Hawaii 81, Cal State Fullerton 69
02/15 10:29:03 ET