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Hawaii men get past UC Santa Barbara, improve to 17-11

March 1, 2013
The Maui News

Jace Tavita had 17 points and five assists and Vander Joaquim had 16 points and nine rebounds as the University of Hawaii men's basketball team beat UC Santa Barbara 70-66 in a Big West Conference game Thursday night at the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

UC Santa Barbara went on a 20-5 run to take a 51-43 lead with 8:42 left.

Hawaii took the lead for good at 58-57 on Isaac Fotu's free throw with 2:32 remaining. Joaquim went 4-of-4 from the free-throw line over the final eight seconds.

Tavita finished 5-of-6 from 3-point range for the Rainbow Warriors (17-11, 10-6), while Fotu added 12 points.

Kyle Boswell scored 27 for the Gauchos (8-19, 4-11).

The 'Bows will play Cal Poly on Saturday in their final home game of the season.



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