Rainbow Warriors routed on road by Aggies

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — TJ Shorts II scored 21 points and UC Davis beat the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team 70-59 on Thursday.

UC Davis can now earn at least a share of the Big West Conference title with a win at UC Irvine on Saturday in the regular-season finale.

The Aggies built a 15-point lead in the first half, leading 36-21 at intermission, and cruised home.

Michael Thomas and Sheriff Drammeh hit back-to-back 3-pointers to get the Rainbow Warriors within 11, 40-29, with just under 17 minutes to play, but Shorts hit a pair of free throws then fed A.J. John for a 3 to push the lead to 16 points.

Siler Schneider added 16 points, Joe Mooney 14 and John contributed 11 for the Aggies (20-9, 11-4).

Thomas finished with 13 points and Gibson Johnson contributed 12 for Hawaii (16-12, 7-8).

The Rainbow Warriors finish the regular season Saturday at Cal State Fullerton. The Big West tournament starts with the quarterfinals Thursday in Anaheim, Calif.