Warriors sink UC Riverside, 76-61
Brandon Jawato came off the bench to drain seven straight 3-pointers in the first half tonight, finishing with 21 points, and Christian Standhardinger added 17 points and five rebounds as Hawai’i raced past visiting UC Riverside, 76-61, in Big West Conference men’s basketball action.
A crowd of about 5,200 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched the Warriors improve to 9-5 overall and 3-0 in the Big West, tied for first place with Cal Poly San Luis Obispo entering their first conference road trip next week. UC Riverside fell to 4-11, 1-2.
Vander Joaquim finished with 11 points and 11 rebounds, Isaac Fotu added 10 points and Jace Tavita contributed seven assists for UH.
Jawato, a 6-foot-4 redshirt freshman from El Segundo, Calif., entered the game averaging just 5.7 points per outing but exceeded that mark less than midway through the first half. His first 3-pointer broke an 8-8 tie and his second one started the Warriors on a 14-0 run capped by Fotu’s layup that put Hawai’i up, 25-10 with 6:36 before intermission.
Jawato’s seventh 3-pointer, which came with 49 seconds remaining before the break, gave the Warriors a 40-19 lead. The Highlanders could not get closer than 13 points in the second half.
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