Drammeh’s career-high 20 points lead UH to win over Utah Valley

HONOLULU (AP) — Sheriff Drammeh finished with a career-high 20 points, including the go-ahead 3-pointer with 38 seconds to go, to help the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team slip past Utah Valley 70-69 on Sunday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Drammeh tied his career best with four 3-pointers and Gibson Johnson made 11 of 14 free throws and finished with 15 points for the Rainbow Warriors (7-3).

There were 10 ties and 18 lead changes before Drammeh’s 3 made it 70-68. Zach Nelson went 1-of-2 from the free-throw line with 24 seconds left to pull the Wolverines within a point and Drew Buggs missed two free throws for UH, but Conner Toolson missed a potential winning 3 with six seconds remaining. After the Rainbow Warriors were called for traveling, Drammeh stole the inbound pass to seal it.

Jake Toolson led Utah Valley (7-5) with 18 points on 6-of-9 shooting while other Wolverines starters were just 9-of-34 (24.3 percent) from the field.

Each team was called for 27 fouls. Five players fouled out — three for Utah Valley and two for the Rainbow Warriors — and four more had four fouls.

The Wolverines made a season-high 27 free throws and were plus-eight scoring from the foul line, but shot just 36 percent from the field, including 4-of-18 from 3-point range.

The Rainbow Warriors host the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic this weekend. Hawaii opens against sixth-ranked and undefeated Miami on Friday.