Rainbow Warriors fall to Gauchos

HONOLULU (AP) — Amadou Sow had 20 points and 11 rebounds, and Max Heidigger also scored 20 to help UC Santa Barbara beat the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team 75-54 on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Armond Davis scored nine of his 13 points in the second half for UCSB (16-5, 5-2 Big West Conference). The Gauchos are tied with Cal State Fullerton for second, 1 1/2 games behind UC Irvine, in the conference standings.

Sow hit a jumper to give UCSB the lead for good and spark a 7-0 spurt that made it 24-18 with 5:53 left in the first half. Zigmars Raimo made back-to-back baskets to pull Hawaii within four early in the second half, but the Gauchos scored 16 straight points to cap a 20-3 run that pushed their lead to 21 with nine minutes to go and led by double figures the rest of the way.

Samuta Avea tied his career high with 13 points and Raimo scored 10 for Hawaii (13-8, 4-3). The Rainbow Warriors shot just 38 percent (20-of-53).

UH next plays at Long Beach State on Thursday and at UC Irvine on Saturday.