Hawaii 86, Cal Poly-SLO 84
Dec. 15, 1996
HONOLULU (AP) _ Eric Ambrozich dropped in a pair of free throws with two seconds left Saturday night to give Hawaii an 86-84 victory over Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo in the opener of the Hawaii Nike Festival.
In a game that was close all the way _ neither team led by more than eight points _ the Rainbows (5-1) made a final surge to pass the Mustangs, who had taken an 84-82 lead on a free throw by Steve Fleming with 1:10 left.
A basket by Anthony Carter with 36 seconds left tied the score before Ambrozic, who scored a career-high 21 points, made the winning points.
A 40-foot attempt by Shanta Cotright bounced off the rim at the buzzer.
There were seven lead changes and three ties early in the second half.
Cotright scored seven consecutive points over a two-minute span to give the Mustangs a 71-63 lead. But Hawaii bounced back with a 19-3 run, with Alika Smith scoring seven points and Carter five, and moved ahead 82-74.
Mitch Ohmstad then led a 10-0 Cal Poly run, including Fleming's free throw that gave Cal Poly its final lead.
In addition to Ambrozich's scoring, Hawaii got 18 points from Carter, 14 from Smith and 11 each from Seth Sundberg and reserve Michael Robinson. For the Mustangs, Damien Levesque had 15 before fouling out with nine minutes left.
Hawaii was outshot from the floor, 33-32, but made 21 of 32 free throws, compared to nine of 17 for Cal Poly.
Sundberg and Russ Bryden were ejected with 2:57 left for fighting and will be forced to miss a minimum of one game.
With Robinson coming off the bench to score nine points, Hawaii held a 41-39 lead at the midway mark.