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Warriors shoot past UC Santa Barbara, 70-63

Drew Buggs scored 13 points and dished out 11 assists and Justin Webster added 11 points tonight to help Hawai’i shoot past visiting UC Santa Barbara, 70-63, in Big West Conference men’s basketball action.

An energetic and appreciative crowd of 4,096 at the Stan Sheriff Center watched Zigmars Raimo add  to improve to 12-6 overall and 3-1 in the Big West. Max Heidegger score a game-high 21 points off the bench to lead the Gauchos, who fell to 12-6, 1-2.

UCSB took an early 4-0 lead but UH found its shooting touch — including two 3-pointers from seldom-used 7-foot post Owen Holland — and took a 20-14 lead midway through the first half. The Warriors led 26-20 with 7:54 remaining after Justin Hemsley’s acrobatic reverse layup, but the Gauchos closed out the half with a 15-7 run to lead 35-33 at the break.

Hawaii then opened the second half with a 13-4 run to lead 46-39 with 13:54 left on Webster’s layup off Buggs’ assist and the Gauchos could not get closer than three points the rest of the way.

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

Big West Conference
Saturday’s Results

at UC Irvine 69, UC Riverside 53
UC Davis 66, at CSUN 62
Cal State Fullerton 66, at Long Beach State 62
at Hawai’i 70, UC Santa Barbara 63

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