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Rainbow Warriors rally from 17-point deficit, beat Matadors 80-75

HONOLULU (AP) — Eddie Stansberry hit five 3-pointers and finished with 22 points, Zigmars Raimo scored 20 points on 9-of-11 shooting, and the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team rallied from a double-digit deficit to beat Cal State Northridge 80-75 on Saturday night at the Stan Sheriff Center.

Freshman Justin Webster added a season-high 17 points and Drew Buggs had eights points and 10 assists — his third consecutive game with at least 10 assists — for the Rainbow Warriors (14-6, 5-1 Big West Conference).

Lamine Diane hit a short jumper to give CSUN a 17-point lead with 11 minutes to play, but Stansberry and Webster each hit a 3-pointer before Dawson Carper made back-to-back layups to cap an 11-0 run about two minutes later. Raimo made back-to-back baskets to give the Rainbow Warriors a 76-75 lead — their first since the game’s opening minutes — with 40 seconds left and spark an 8-0 closing run.

Diane had 23 points and 11 rebounds, and Elijah Harkless scored 16 points for CSUN (9-15, 4-4).

Hawaii outscored the Matadors 48-34 in the second half. The Rainbow Warriors had 15 of their 21 assists, and just one of their six turnovers, after halftime.

UH has won four straight and improved to 4-0 at home in conference play this season.

The Rainbow Warriors next play at UC Santa Barbara on Thursday and at Cal Poly next Saturday.