UH takes down UC Davis

HONOLULU (AP) — Jack Purchase made four free throws in the final 40 seconds and finished with 21 points to help the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team hold on for its fourth consecutive win, 77-72 over UC Davis on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Sheriff Drammeh added 14 points while Gibson Johnson and Leland Green scored 11 apiece for the Rainbow Warriors (13-5, 4-1 Big West).

Drew Buggs and Drammeh hit 3-pointers 44 seconds apart during a 10-0 run that gave Hawaii a 49-39 lead with 14 minutes left and UC Davis trailed the rest of the way. The Aggies trimmed their deficit to three points on three occasions in the final 2 1/2 minutes, but got no closer as Purchase scored six points and the Rainbow Warriors made nine of 11 free throws from there.

TJ Shorts II had 21 points, five rebounds and five assists for the Aggies (12-7, 3-2), who committed a season-high 23 turnovers which Hawaii converted into 24 points.

The Rainbow Warriors had a season-best 13 steals — including three apiece by Purchase, Johnson, Green and Buggs.