UH falls to Irvine in home finale

HONOLULU (AP) — Evan Leonard had 19 points and John Edgar Jr. scored nine of his 14 points in the second half to help UC Irvine pull away late for a 66-57 win over the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Leonard went 6-for-11 from the field, including 3-of-5 from 3-point range, and Edgar grabbed eight rebounds. Tommy Rutherford added 12 points for Irvine (16-15, 11-4 Big West).

Brad Greene hit back-to-back jumpers to spark an 11-0 run that gave the Anteaters a 20-9 lead midway through the first half, and Hawaii trailed the rest of the way. Sheriff Drammeh hit a jumper to pull the Rainbow Warriors within two points with 12 minutes to play, but Edgar answered with a 3 as Irvine scored 14 of the next 18 points to push its lead into double figures until the closing seconds. UH went more than 5 1/2 minutes without a field goal in the second half.

Drew Buggs led the Rainbow Warriors (16-11, 7-7) with 11 points and Drammeh scored 10.

The win put the Anteaters alone atop the conference standings, a half-game ahead of UC Santa Barbara and UC Davis.

The Rainbow Warriors wrap up regular-season play at UC Davis on Thursday and at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.