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Rainbow Warriors held to season low in scoring, fall to Gauchos

The Maui News

The University of Hawaii men’s basketball team saw its three-game winning streak snapped Friday night, losing to UC Santa Barbara 59-50 at SimpliFi Arena at Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu.

James Jean-Marie scored 10 points — the only Rainbow Warrior to reach double digits — as UH (7-6, 5-6 Big West Conference) was held to its lowest point total of the season.

Hawaii shot 33 percent (18 of 54) from the field, only slightly worse than the 37 percent for the Gauchos (13-3, 7-2). UCSB outscored UH 36-18 in the paint, 16-4 on fast breaks and points off turnovers.

The Rainbow Warriors trailed by as many as 10 points in the first half and were behind 28-20 at halftime. They got within 43-38 with just under eight minutes remaining, but never got any closer.

Jaquori McLaughlin and Amadou Sow each scored 14 points to lead the Gauchos, who have won nine straight. Josh Pierre-Louis added 11 points.

Earlier Friday, sophomore forward Kasey Neubert notched her first career double-double with 19 points and a career-high 15 rebounds to lead the UH women’s team to a 72-62 victory over UC Santa Barbara in Santa Barbara, Calif.

The Rainbow Wahine scored a season-high 24 points in the first quarter before going cold in the second and trailed 35-27 at halftime. They opened the third quarter on a 10-0 run to get back into the game, and went on a 12-2 run bridging the third and fourth quarters to pull away for good.

Daejah Phillips scored 19 points and Kelsie Imai had a career-high 10 assists for UH (5-5, 4-4).

Taylor Mole led the Gauchos (2-12, 2-8) with 14 points.

The teams play again today.