’Bows foe puts on show

All­man’s 40-point ef­fort for Fuller­ton drops UH from 1st

Hawaii Tribune Herald - - SPORTS - By BRIAN MCIN­NIS

It was in­stantly one of the great shoot­ing per­for­mances ever seen at the Stan Sher­iff Cen­ter, and against the Hawaii Rain­bow War­riors in gen­eral.

Cal State Fuller­ton guard Kyle All­man’s game for the ages — 40 points, 16-for-19 from the floor — had the crowd of 5,778 trans­fixed in hor­ror, un­able to look away from UH’s 69-66 loss on Satur­day night.

All­man, a rangy 6-foot3 ju­nior from Brook­lyn, N.Y., came within a point of match­ing the build­ing scor­ing record de­spite at­tempt­ing just six free throws and mak­ing three.

He was that good from the perime­ter, sink­ing five of six 3-point­ers and a se­ries of long 2s.

In con­trast, when CSUF’s Josh Akognon set the Sher­iff mark of 41 (tied by BYU’s Chase Fis­cher in the 2015 Di­a­mond Head Clas­sic) in a non­con­fer­ence game back in 2008, he did it through sheer vol­ume, shoot­ing 12-for-29.

All­man’s re­fusal to miss meant UH (13-6, 4-2 Big West) dropped from first to fourth amid a two-loss crowd led by Long Beach State (6-2), UC Santa Barbara (5-2) and UC Davis (5-2).

The ‘Bows, stung by a sec­ond Big West op­po­nent shoot­ing 60-plus per­cent on them in six games, now head out for games at UCSB and Cal Poly (1-6) on Thurs­day and Satur­day.

UH, on most nights, prides it­self on its de­fense. Not Satur­day, when All­man and UH’s Mike Thomas (26 points) came out on fire.

Thomas cooled off af­ter scor­ing 20 by half­time. All­man didn’t, pour­ing in 21 af­ter the break on 8-for-9 shoot­ing.

“We’ve got an issue there. We’re not good de­fen­sively,” UH coach Eran Ganot grum­bled af­ter­ward. “You’re only as good as your last game.

“He did hit some tough shots, but once you give a cou­ple of lapses to a guy like that, he gets go­ing,” he added. “It prob­a­bly wasn’t un­til the last play of the game where we ro­tated and got it out of his hands. Un­til then, we were just see­ing how hot he could get.”

On UH’s last pos­ses­sion, the Ti­tans did a good job of tak­ing it out of the mitts of Jack Pur­chase, UH’s top long-range threat who’d al­ready hit three triples. In­stead, UH got it to Drew Buggs on the right wing, who was forced into a dif­fi­cult, con­tested look that fell well short.

UH’s 11-point sec­ond-half lead with­ered un­der All­man’s in­tense heat, as the ‘Bows’ sub­lime of­fen­sive ex­e­cu­tion of the first half got sapped in a num­ber of poor pos­ses­sions late.

He en­tered the night as the Big West’s third-lead­ing scorer at 17.7 per game, and de­parted sec­ond at 18.8.

He matched UC Davis’ Corey Hawkins (2013) for the most points scored against UH in Big West play. Texas-Pan Amer­i­can’s Mar­shall Rogers had the most ever against UH, 47, in 1976.

All­man av­er­aged 7.4 points in five pre­vi­ous games against UH.

He scored six points in both of his two pre­vi­ous trips to the Sher­iff but was a to­tally dif­fer­ent player in CSUF’s first Big West win in Honolulu.

Sher­iff Dram­meh, his pri­mary de­fender, had a fron­trow seat to the show.

“He’s a good player. Our guys that were guard­ing him, it’s a team cover and ev­ery­thing,” Thomas said. “We gotta take that per­son­ally, and I’m sure we did. We gotta face facts and get bet­ter.”

Af­ter Pur­chase’s tip-in with 3:51 left gave UH a 65-59 lead, the home team went 0-for-5 from the field, 1-for-2 at the line, and com­mit­ted a turnover. CSUF closed the game on a 10-1 run, with All­man sup­ply­ing six of those points.

“Ba­si­cally I told Jack­son (Rowe) that we have to make a push, that if he and I led the oth­ers would fol­low,” All­man said. “We made a cou­ple of de­fen­sive stops and went from there.”

Rowe scored the go-ahead points on an easy tran­si­tion layup when the Rain­bows failed to get back on a missed jumper with 1:45 left.

“That was maybe the big­gest play of the game,” Ganot said.

UH lost for the first time in six games this sea­son de­cided by five points or fewer, and for the first time in 14 games af­ter lead­ing at half­time.

“Un­like us. I feel like ev­ery close game I’ve been in since I’ve got here to UH, (we’ve) come out with a vic­tory,” said Gib­son John­son, who scored 10 but had four turnovers and missed a layup down the stretch. “It sucks to be on the other end, but we know that hap­pens some­times. We just gotta bounce back.”

The ‘Bows were with­out guard Brocke Stepteau (fin­ger frac­ture) for a sec­ond straight game de­spite Stepteau prac­tic­ing all week. Ganot said he was a game-day scratch and “he’s close. He’s as day to day as you can get.”

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