UH holds on to defeat Adams State

HONOLULU (AP) — Gibson Johnson hit a career-high 11 free throws and tied his career-best with 19 points, freshman Samuta Avea had 11 of his 13 points in the second half and the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team held off Division II Adams State for an 87-77 win on Monday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Brandon Thomas and Leland Green each had 13 points and Brocke Stepteau scored 12 for the Rainbow Warriors (4-1).

Shane Johnson’s 3-pointer pulled Adams State within three points, but Stepteau scored the next four to make it 74-67 with four minutes left and made 4-of-4 from the free-throw line in the final 86 seconds to hold off the Grizzlies.

Mike Thomas scored 27 of his 29 points in the first half for Adams State (2-5).

UH plays at Utah on Saturday.