Pomare’s steal, free throw lifts San Diego over Hawaii, 73-72
HONOLULU (AP)—Gyno Pomare hit a free throw with 2.2 seconds left as San Diego escaped with a 73-72 victory over Hawaii in the season opener for both teams Friday night.
Pomare scored the Torero’s final six points and finished with 16 points and 11 rebounds. Brandon Johnson added 19 points and four assists.
With the clock winding down and Hawaii trying to set up a final shot, Pomare stole the ball from Stephen Verwers and drove the length of the court. He was fouled under the basket, setting up his game-winning free throw.
Hawaii took its first lead of the game, 72-70, with 45 seconds left on Riley Luettgerodt’s lay-in off a steal and feed from Jared Dillinger.
But Pomare responded with a short jumper off a pass from Johnson to tie it up at 72 with 21 seconds left, leaving Hawaii with a last-shot opportunity. But the Rainbow Warriors failed to get a shot off.
The Rainbow Warriors were led by Bobby Nash, who matched a career-high 22 points and grabbed nine rebounds. Three other Hawaii players were in double figures including Luettgerodt, who had 11 points and seven rebounds.
The Toreros, who hit their first six 3-pointers, led by as much as 14 in the first half.
The loss spoiled the debut of Hawaii coach Bob Nash. The crowd gave him a warm welcome when he was introduced as the head coach before the game. He has been a part of the program for nearly three decades, including the past 20 under Riley Wallace.
Wallace, the school’s winningest coach with 334 wins, was in attendance.
It was also the head coaching debut of San Diego’s Bill Grier, who spent the previous eight seasons as the top assistant at Gonzaga.