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UH basketball teams earn big wins over UC Davis

The Maui News

Justin Webster scored 17 points as the University of Hawaii men’s basketball team held off UC Davis for a pivotal 73-68 victory on Friday night in Davis, Calif.

Mate Colina added 12 points for the Rainbow Warriors (11-8, 9-8 Big West Conference), who won their third straight. James Jean-Marie scored 11 points and Jardine Casdon had 10.

The win guaranteed the Rainbow Warriors will be no worse than the No. 6 seed for next week’s Big West tournament, putting them through to the quarterfinals. It also gave head coach Eran Ganot his 100th career victory — 97 have come at UH, while three were earned as acting head coach at Saint Mary’s.

The Rainbow Warriors led 37-30 at halftime and then 65-54 with less than five minutes remaining before the Aggies rallied. Down 71-68, UC Davis had a chance to send the game to overtime in the final seconds, but Kennedy Koehler’s 3-point attempt was off the mark and Junior Madut hit a pair of free throws for the final margin.

UH tied a season high with 21 turnovers, but made up for it by shooting 48 percent (12 of 25) on 3-pointers and outrebounding UC Davis 42-22.

Elijah Pepper led the Aggies (8-7, 5-4) with 19 points. Ezra Manjon scored 17, Damion Squire 13 and Caleb Fuller 12.

In Honolulu, the UH women’s team posted a big upset of the conference-leading Aggies, 70-60.

Amy Atwell led the Rainbow Wahine (8-6, 7-5) with 16 points, while Jadynn Alexander added 12 points and Kelsie Imai had 10 points and 12 rebounds.

UH never trailed in the game, leading 19-12 after the first quarter and 34-25 at the half. UC Davis closed to 49-47 heading into the final period, but the Rainbow Wahine were able to hold on and hand the Aggies their first conference loss of the season.

Cierra Hall scored 18 points to lead the Aggies (9-2, 8-1). Sage Stobbart had 12 points and 13 rebounds, and Mackenzie Trpcic had 13 points.

The teams play again today.