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Warriors run away from UCSB, 78-56

Noah Allen scored a career-high 34 points tonight to help Hawai’i snap a two-game losing streak and roll past UC Santa Barbara, 78-56, in Big West Conference men’s basketball action.

A “Green-Out” crowd of about 6,200 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched Ido Flaisher contribute eight points and seven rebounds off the bench as the Warriors improved to 9-11 overall, 3-4 in the Big West. The Gauchos fell to 3-16, 1-6.

After falling behind, 7-2, in the game’s first three minutes, UH went on a 14-3 run bookended by Allen’s jumper and then Flaisher’s layup off Jack Purcahse’s assist to take a 16-10 lead with just under 12 minutes remaining in the half.

UCSB later closed it to 27-24 on Gabe Vincent’s 3-pointer from the top of the key with 3:47 left, but Allen answered with a jumper off Purchase’s assist 40 seconds later and the Warriors closed out the half with a 12-5 run to lead 37-29 at the break.

Hawai’i shot 13 of 24 from the field in the first half, led by Allen’s 15 points.

The Gauchos could not close the gap in the second half as the Warriors continued to stretch the lead.

More details, including video highlights and interviews, will be posted later.

Saturday’s Results
at UC Davis 74, UC Irvine 65
CSUN 63, at UC Riverside 59
at Cal State Fullerton 81, Cal Poly 71
at Hawai’i 78, UC Santa Barbara 56

Wednesday’s Game
Long Beach State at CSUN

Thursday’s Games
Cal State Fullerton at UC Santa Barbara
UC Davis at Cal Poly
Hawai’i at UC Riverside, 6 p.m. (Hawai’i time)

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