It was a hard fought contest from beginning to end, but the Warriors picked up their third straight win at home by defeating San Jose State 67-61. The win boosts the Warriors' record to 12-8 overall and 3-5 in conference standings.
Bill Amis led all Hawaii scorers, falling short of a double-double by a single rebound as he threw down nine to go with 20 points. More importantly, Amis played with a greater fire, especially in this game, and added the team-leading spirit needed to hold off a persistent attack from the Spartans. Joston Thomas followed with a 14 point showing.
Hawaii maintained a much better average from the field, shooting 45 percent, and combined that with a 70 percent free throw average and seven blocked shots on defense to win the contest.
Justin Graham turned in the best performance for the Spartans by scoring 20 points, with 7-of-10 coming from the charity stripe. It was an uncharacteristically bad game for Adrian Oliver, who only shot 4-of-11 from the field and scored a total of only 10 points. Wil Cater and Keith Shamburger each contributed double-digit scoring for San Jose State.
San Jose State won the turnover game, as Hawaii turned the ball over 14 times, compared to the Spartans' nine. Personal fouls and total rebounds turned out to be about even.
Hawaii’s next challenge comes as the Warriors remain at home until January 29th, when Utah State comes to town for a 7pm showdown at Stan Sheriff Arena.