UH Men’s Basketball Rallies Past UC Davis, 76-69
With the win, the Rainbow Warriors (17-12, 8-7 BWC) halted a three-game skid and moved into sole possession of fourth in the Big West standings.
(Hawaii Athletics) - The University of Hawai'i men's basketball team came back from a double-digit deficit in the second half to snatch a 76-69 road win at UC Davis Thursday night at the Pavilion. With the win, the Rainbow Warriors (17-12, 8-7 BWC) halted a three-game skid and moved into sole possession of fourth in the Big West standings.
It was a tale of two halves. UH trailed by as many as 16 in the first half and as many as 15 early in the second half, before turning it on at both ends of the court.
Brocke Stepteau led four Rainbow Warriors in double-digits with 17 points, while also adding five assists and four rebounds. Eddie Stansberry scored 12, Drew Buggs added 11 and Leland Green contributed 10 key points off the bench – all of them coming in the decisive second half.
TJ Shorts poured in a game-high 26 points for the Aggies (11-18, 7-8 BWC), who suffered their fourth loss in the last five games and fell to UH for the second time this season.
UH struggled in the first 20 minutes. The Aggies shot 54 percent in the first half and the 'Bows just 36 percent as UCD led 36-25 at the break. The Aggies proceeded to score the first two baskets out of the locker room to make it 40-25.
But then UH turned on the switch. The 'Bows exploded for a 22-4 run over the next seven minutes, punctuated by a Stansberry three-pointer that gave the 'Bows a 47-44 lead. The Aggies reclaimed the lead, 52-51 on a Rogers Printup basket with 8:18 left. But Green drilled a three-pointer on the next UH possession to spark an 8-0 run and the Bows never looked back after.
Stepteau scored 12 of his 17 points in the second half, including six straight points in the waning minutes to stave off the Aggies. UH shot 54 percent in the second half, while holding the Aggies to 42 percent. For the game, the 'Bows held the advantage on the boards (35-27) and finished 18-of-20 from the free throw line to help seal the comeback win.
The Rainbow Warriors will now head to Southern California for its final regular-season game of the season at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday, March 9. Tipoff is at 7:00 p.m. PT/5:00 p.m. HT at Titan Gym.