HONOLULU — Hawaii took advantage of a flagrant foul called in the final minute to complete its comeback from a nine-point deficit for a 77-73 victory Friday night over UNO.
UNO forward Mike Rostampour picked up his fifth foul and was hit with a flagrant foul for excessive contact with 53 seconds left and the Mavericks leading 72-71.
Keith Shamburger made both technical free throws to give Hawaii its first lead since 14-12, and Christian Standhardinger made one of two on the regular free throws for a 74-72 lead.
Both Justin Simmons and CJ Carter had chances to tie the game with jumpers but couldn't convert, and Shamburger collected a rebound and was fouled with 13 seconds left. He made one of two free throws, but Hawaii then fouled UNO to deny the Mavs a chance at a game-tying 3. Devin Patterson made the first free throw with 9 seconds left but missed the second and Garrett Nevels was fouled and made both free throws with 8 seconds left to seal it.
“We had great fight,” UNO coach Derrin Hansen said.
The flagrant foul on Rostampour was called without viewing video replay and the play wasn't subsequently reviewed, Hansen said.
The Mavs dropped to 10-5 in a key nonconference matchup with the 11-3 Rainbow Warriors.
UNO had trouble containing 6-foot-8 sophomore Isaac Fotu, who had 26 points and eight rebounds while making 8 of 11 from the field and 10 of 12 free throws. Standhardinger, the 6-8 former Nebraska player, had 10 points and 10 rebounds, but shot 4 of 14 from the field.
“He got us deep a couple of times, and he's really talented,” Hansen said. “He scored over both shoulders.”
John Karhoff, UNO's 6-8 center, had 15 points on 6 of 9 shooting before fouling out with 2:16 left and the Mavs clinging to a 71-68 lead.
Simmons scored 14 points and Rostampour had a game-high 11 rebounds.
Karhoff's three-point play gave UNO a 63-56 lead with 8:04 left, and then Standhardinger picked up his fourth foul 20 seconds later — giving Hawaii three players with four fouls.
Caleb Steffensmeier hit two free throws to push the UNO lead to 65-56.
But Hawaii quickly scored the next six points to get right back into it.
UNO hit 5 of 9 from 3-point range in the first half — the last of which was by Alex Phillips with 1:45 left to give the Mavs their biggest first-half lead at 36-30. But UNO went 0 for 9 from 3 in the second half.
“That's on us,” Hansen said. “We had some good looks and didn't make them.”
UNO also hit just two of its final 10 shots from the field.
Hawaii grabbed 16 offensive rebounds for a 17-8 advantage in second-chance points and beat the Mavs on the boards 44-34.
UNO is off until Jan. 11, when it opens Summit League play at Western Illinois.
“When you look at our non-conference schedule, we've gone to some places, played in some games against good teams, we've seen a lot of adversity, faced teams with size and athleticism and played against multiple defenses,” Hansen said. “That will be nothing but a positive for us in the conference season.”