Rainbow Warriors rally past Aggies

DAVIS, Calif. (AP) — Brocke Stepteau scored 17 points on 6-of-9 shooting and the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team exploded for 51-second half points to beat UC Davis 76-69 on Thursday to end a three-game losing streak. UC Davis led 36-25 at intermission and extended the margin to 42-28 on TJ Shorts II’s jumper with 18:41 remaining. The Rainbow Warriors then went on a 19-2 run for a 47-44 lead when Eddie Stansberry buried a 3-pointer six minutes later and Hawaii (17-12, 8-7 Big West Conference) never trailed again. UH finished 15-of-28 shooting (53.6 percent) and made five of their eight 3s after the break. Hawaii made 18 of 20 overall from the foul line. Stansberry finished with 12 points, Drew Buggs scored 11 and Leland Green 10. Shorts led the Aggies (11-18, 7-8) with 26 points as he made half his 14 shot attempts and missed just one of 12 foul shots. Matt Neufeld scored 12, Joe Mooney 11 and Siler Schneider 10. The Aggies now have lost four of their last five. The Rainbow Warriors, who took sole possession of fourth place in the Big West standings, close the regular season at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.